Burning Wet Coal

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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Post Fri. Mar. 01, 2013 10:22 pm

used motor oil is a NO NO! new motor oil is OK, but again... Ive always liked peanut oil for many decades because its thin and sprays nice, I never had issue with rodents but then again I don't leave any opening for them anyways so they would be hard pressed to get in my house :lol:

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Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite
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Post Mon. Mar. 04, 2013 7:19 am

I use water, bonus smells like fourth of July
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Post Mon. Mar. 04, 2013 3:20 pm

coalrocks wrote:I use water, bonus smells like fourth of July


coating your coal with water hurts not only the stove & pipe over the long haul, it hurts BTU output and only keeps dust down for mear minutes. oil is a better, safer more long term solution that acually increases BTU output. save the water to wash down that beautiful pure lilly white enamaling at the end of the season :P JKJK ;)

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Post Mon. Mar. 04, 2013 3:39 pm

For the record, I don't to anything to my coal. Just open the bag, and shovel it in. If I had bulk, I still wouldn't. The flyash makes more of a mess than coal dust ever could, IMO. I don't even notice that until visitors point that out. I tell them - you don't like, don't visit. Works for me. :D

BTW, tranny fluid is THE BEST used oil to burn. It's clean & burns really easy.

I've got probably 60 gallons of used oil out in the barn. Once I get a stoker furnace I have hooked up out there, I might install a drip system onto the burn plate. Might make a mess, but at least the barn will be warm when I need it to be.
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