Who Switched From Wood to 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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coalkirk
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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 10:30 am

I heated with wood for about 20 years and I have a crippled body to prove it! :lol: No such thing as free wood. This past heating season was the end of my first decade of coal burning. Wish I'd done it 30 years ago! It's a no brainer.
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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 3:26 pm

I burned wood for more than 20 Yrs and hope never go back to it.
The only low side when burning anthracite is the acidity for: the smoke pipe, St-St chimney...

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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 5:34 pm

Alota fellas here endured the wood labor for many years... I put half a cord in the basement, burned it for about 3 days.. Then went down town, got 300 pounds of coal and then threw the wood back outside :lol: :lol: 8-)

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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 6:08 pm

Lightning wrote:Alota fellas here endured the wood labor for many years... I put half a cord in the basement, burned it for about 3 days.. Then went down town, got 300 pounds of coal and then threw the wood back outside :lol: :lol: 8-)
that's like me... I got some wood from the storms for free and after lugging / stacking it on the porch and burning it for about 24 hours...I had my son go throw it all into the woods :lol:

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Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 7:07 pm

I burned wood for the homes heat exclusively for a few years (decades ago when I was young enough to do that sort of thing), and I recall loading the stove about every 4 hours. Now I consider that madness.
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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 7:09 pm

Wood's for ...well uhh .... Peckers! :doh: toothy :rofl:
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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 8:29 pm

You guys must of had some pretty crappy wood stoves---my BEAST could hold a 10 to 12 hr fire--of course I wasn't feeding her kindling--I did it till my late 50's & enjoyed it a lot--of course I had/have a never ending supply of wood--I switched to coal because I got to fkn old to be doing the wood routine & am real grateful I did--I also found this site which has been a God send:) Here's a pix of my wood beast which is still hooked up in the rear of the house.
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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 10:28 pm

freetown fred wrote:You guys must of had some pretty crappy wood stoves---my BEAST could hold a 10 to 12 hr fire--of course I wasn't feeding her kindling--I did it till my late 50's & enjoyed it a lot--of course I had/have a never ending supply of wood--I switched to coal because I got to fkn old to be doing the wood routine & am real grateful I did--I also found this site which has been a God send:) Here's a pix of my wood beast which is still hooked up in the rear of the house.
Are those logs you got their or Granite Cinder Blocks :lol: who in their right mind wants to handle those beasty looking logs :cry: Your arms must be like Popeye
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Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 10:34 pm

And then I looked in the mirror one morning & realized my biceps were down around my elbows, my ass had disappeared & I had guy boobs--- :wtf: :clap: toothy
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Coal Size/Type: Nut
Stove/Furnace Model: Hudson Wood/Coal Burning
Location: Factoryville, Pa.

Post Wed. Jul. 03, 2013 11:33 pm

I burned both over the years and after we finished the basement off I went all wood. I used to enjoy the wood gathering, mostly off the neighbors property. It did start to take a toll physically with osteoarthritis.
Also I could never get enough wood to last the winter so I ended up buying wood anyway. Started going back towards coal in 2010. I still burn wood towards the end of the season as sometimes it's there for the taking.
I just take it easier and borrow the neighbors hydraulic splitter.

That being said, here's a couple pics of some of the stacked wood down back. Oh yeah, and a few animals enjoying the early green apples. :D

Got Bambi with Thumper this year.

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Post Thu. Jul. 04, 2013 5:28 am

Grew up helping my father process/haul/stack firewood... Put in a New Yorker boiler when I bought my own place... Switched to coal for longer burn times/because I couldn't get the creosote under control/had to buy firewood anyhow, and don't miss the firewood ONE BIT!!!

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Post Thu. Jul. 04, 2013 6:30 am

OMFG :cry: DEER TICKS! run forest run!

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Post Thu. Jul. 04, 2013 8:06 am

Buy more Tiger Balm. Hurry ,hurry , Im seein little round red rings everywhere! :rambo3: :crutch:
When faced with a seemingly impossible task, my grandfather always said "can't never can, untill try comes along"

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Post Thu. Jul. 04, 2013 11:53 am

Vangellis wrote:Got Bambi with Thumper this year.
Beautiful idyllic scene and nice yard.

Where grass is kept cut there will be few if any ticks.

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Post Fri. Jul. 05, 2013 1:26 pm

I grew up burning wood. When I moved out I spent five seasons burning wood. It got old real quick. My house was always cold and I had to feed the fire every 2 hours. Since switching to coal. My house is warmer and I don't have to fill the stove half as often.

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