Start up and Coal Test Tonight

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.
Bruce M
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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 7:40 pm

Well it'sgoing to be 34* for the next two nights so I figured it would be a great opertunity to try out my new batch of coal before I go ahead and get the other four tons. So far so good, it lights up fairly easy, but to be honest I wouldn't know a bad batch of coal if it were stuffed in my Christmas stocking. So, what exactly is it that I'm looking for in a bad batch of coal or a good batch for that matter.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
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Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 7:49 pm

...If I may do my best FF impersonation, if you like it it's a good batch; if you don't like it it's a bad batch. toothy :clap:
never yell through a screen...you'll strain your voice.

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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 7:52 pm

Lol, yeah that sounds about right for Fred.
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2001Sierra
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 7:54 pm

Consistent size, white ash clinkers less in a batch burner or hand fed. Red ash tends to clinker up especially with a hot fire. Fine ash powdery without too much chunks would be a good start. Also can you keep it burning for weeks is also a good test.

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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 8:04 pm

And that--Bruce, is why Sierra is our State Moniter. :)
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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 8:05 pm

Thanks, I'll look out for those qualities.
Another good start is this batch doesn't have any snakes in it, makes wifey happy.
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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 8:10 pm

I'll bet! :clap: toothy
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Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 8:17 pm

I'm fairly confident kitty got all of them. She comes down here every night and sits under a shelf waiting for any movement, she hasn't come up with anything since the last episode a couple of weeks ago. She earns her keep.
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Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
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Location: central new york (syracuse area)

Post Mon. Sep. 16, 2013 8:29 pm

michaelanthony wrote:...If I may do my best FF impersonation, if you like it it's a good batch; if you don't like it it's a bad batch. toothy :clap:
perfectly done....right down to the smilies !!
....'Rigar

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Post Wed. Sep. 18, 2013 4:32 pm

2001Sierra wrote:... white ash clinkers less in a batch burner or hand fed. Red ash tends to clinker up especially with a hot fire. Fine ash powdery without too much chunks would be a good start. ....
So I burned for two days and this is the resultant ash of that burn. I didn't have the stove turned up over 1 on the bi-metal thermostat at any time during the burn and had it lower during the days. As you can see there is not much ash for those two days so I assume that is good, no? What does concern me is the reddish color of the ash, as you stated above this could indicate the possibility of a lot of clinkers. The heat output seemed to be very good and It was easy to maintain over those two days but not a large sample to form much of an opinion on that.
I would just like your opinion on weather it is a major concern of the red color of the ash, BTW this coal is from the Gail mines.
I appreciate any and all insight.
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Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut/Stove Mix
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Post Wed. Sep. 18, 2013 6:12 pm

Looks like asssssh to me, if it keeps your butt warm and doesn't give you any problems its goooood. :D
This is only my two cents
and sometimes it is not worth that

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Post Wed. Sep. 18, 2013 8:41 pm

Red and powdery. Good. Now when you start running it hard and you have the same you are doing well. The clinkers would look like small fused chunks of ash of various sizes, of the darker color ash for the most part. The worse case for clinkers are the ones that can't pass through the grate. This will both be learned with experience over time. So far so good. Keep the questions coming, you have to give the rest us seasoned burners something to do :oops:

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Post Wed. Sep. 18, 2013 9:13 pm

Lol, I'll be sure to ask more dumb questions in the future. Thanks for the info, I'll go ahead and get the other four tons and just burn and quit worrying about the small stuff.
Bruce

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Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite
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Post Mon. Sep. 30, 2013 12:24 pm

Just had our 1st fire of the season this morning...although it was a wood fire! My coal delivery should be here Thursday, just cleaned out the garage to make room for it. New setup, burned like a champ. Bring it on old man winter... :rambo2:

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Post Mon. Sep. 30, 2013 5:23 pm

tcalo wrote:Just had our 1st fire of the season this morning...although it was a wood fire! My coal delivery should be here Thursday, just cleaned out the garage to make room for it. New setup, burned like a champ. Bring it on old man winter... :rambo2:
Hey, you got a permit for that AK? :D As for the amount of ash in the pan above, I think my Surdiac would be 4 times that amount, even on low. (Then again, I can't judge the size of the pan. No quarter next to it).
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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