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Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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coalkirk
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal
Location: Forest Hill MD

Post Tue. Jan. 08, 2013 9:14 pm

Yes, it is a stoker. I didn't mean to imply it was not. Just that a stoker is so much easier to maintain.
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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

Rigar
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace
Location: central new york (syracuse area)

Post Tue. Jan. 08, 2013 9:14 pm

Hi keving...
..welcome to the forum...you will def find answers on this site..as well as some priceless commentary !
Coal burning IS ADDICTIVE......youre not alone
...stokers are the way to go (IMO)....although I do find myself "playing" with my keystoker twice a day...(by choice I will add)
...enjoy the cheap heat!
....'Rigar

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KLook
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000
Location: Chattanooga, Tenn

Post Tue. Jan. 08, 2013 10:09 pm

Ha! Coal in the lobster trap! whoduthunkit? Yeah, I know all about the wind, I grew up looking out to sea near Cutler. It could make the coal sound like the pea in a whistle! :shock: I don't think they are going anywhere. (The MEMCO's) You have done the best you can I would think unless you can make it more air tight. The doors on them were horrible. And mine was better then most.

Kevin

Say hello to the Shamay boys(spelling?) and the guys that come down to JB in the spring and play. I started playing in those tourneys in 1976 and never missed one until a few years ago. Met more people then I can remember in the gym and on the field.

Keving
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal
Location: Deer Isle, Maine
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 5:48 am

Hi Kevin, Well now you got me thinking, maybe I should weld that door shut and just fill her through the chimney pipe hole.
A friend of mine was working with a contractor that got a job renovating the basement of the Stonington gym, I remember him growling about all the coal they had to dig out of there. I have no idea what they used for a boiler. I think the coal ended up being used for backfill, building a driveway or something to that effect. The boiler is probably being used as a boat mooring. This all happened 20 plus years ago.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 9:52 am

Keving wrote:LOL, I drive my coworkers crazy at work jawing about my coal boiler. I am glad to hear I'm not the only one.
..my coworkers stopped talking about heating their homes in front of me, they know my come back all too well :lol: Welcome mainah, freddy's a good guy, maybe we can talk him into a maine coal burner meet and greet, I understand he has about 1000 acres down there we can crash on! :P
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Keving
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal
Location: Deer Isle, Maine
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 6:17 pm

Hi Michael, Are you enjoying the heat wave up there in Millinocket? High 30's here today, riding around in the truck with my arm out the window like it was summertime.

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joeq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired
Location: Northern CT

Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 7:32 pm

Aye Kev, riding in your truck with the window down? Do you have a parlor stove inside it too? welcome to the forums. You say you can't get enuff play time on your stove? I'll trade you my hopper fed Surdiac. It needs grates cleaned every 3-4 hrs or the fire starts to fade. I'ld kill for 12 hr burn times with no fussing. Bye the way, interesting original post pic of your "purple" coal fire. Is that photo shopped or what?
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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Keving
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal
Location: Deer Isle, Maine
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 7:50 pm

Hi Joeq, That would be a novel idea to have a stove pipe sticking up through the cab of the truck and a coal stove in place of the passenger seat. No photo shopping on the pic, I used my cell phone to take it and I think the brightness might have fooled it a bit. Geez, I think cleaning grates every 3 hours might take the fun out of coal burning. Any idea whats causing that to happen?

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michaelanthony
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 8:02 pm

Keving wrote:Hi Michael, Are you enjoying the heat wave up there in Millinocket? High 30's here today, riding around in the truck with my arm out the window like it was summertime.
January thaw I guess, don't know much about memco boilers but you seem to have a good grasp of it ( I'm not talking about the other arm :lol: )
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Keving
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal
Location: Deer Isle, Maine
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Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 8:24 pm

I think the timing was right for the coal boiler. Its kind of like having a second wife, only difference being I have to feed her with a shovel.

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joeq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired
Location: Northern CT

Post Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 9:59 pm

Geez, I think cleaning grates every 3 hours might take the fun out of coal burning. Any idea whats causing that to happen?[/quote]

For some reason, when the coal burns, it leaves this nasty pile of ash! ;)
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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