Switched From Nut to Stove

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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DePippo79
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40, Stanley Argand No. 30, Glenwood Modern Oak 114, Stanley Argand No. 20 missing parts.
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite. Stove and nut size.
Other Heating: Oil hot water.
Location: Hampton, NH

Post Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 6:42 am

Good morning all. Tried a experiment yesterday. Relit stove at 1500 from going out in the morning from not hearing alarm clock to tend stove. Another rule of coal burning. Anyway on to the point. Started stove with charcoal then a couple layers of nut then topped off with stove. What a difference. Stove seems happier on stove size. Although I think the brand I got (kimmel) is more like egg plus. Have some pieces that are 6 inches long. Already notice alot less ash. Went to bed at midnight did a gentle shaking and reload and got very little ash to just expose glow under grates. Just woke up did another reload and gentle shake and added 10lbs to top off firepot. 38 degrees outside 73 inside stove temp 400-450 life is good. Any other members have similiar experiences. Have a good day Matt.

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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
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Post Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 7:58 am

Yes, yes. I tried some stove size a couple yrs. ago in my goldmarc stove and loved the way it burned and the heat I got was a bit more than with 'nut but the longevity was less...shrinkage significant shrinkage! :lol:
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40, Stanley Argand No. 30, Glenwood Modern Oak 114, Stanley Argand No. 20 missing parts.
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite. Stove and nut size.
Other Heating: Oil hot water.
Location: Hampton, NH

Post Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 10:03 am

Yes, it does settle quicker.

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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon-Eagle Klondike IV
Other Heating: Propane
Location: Escanaba, MI

Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 5:21 am

I use both nut and stove in my Yukon-Eagle coal furnace. I like nut, because I can get a longer burn on those really cold days, but I also like stove, because it takes off pretty fast! Larger surface area on the chunks I suppose. This morning is an example. I began shake down at 0440 (loaded up with stove @ 1600 yesterday - nice 12 hour burn). Started layering on fresh stove coal, and by 0500 furnace was purring along happy as can be! It's 0520 now and all is well. To my senses nut seems to burn hotter than stove, so I'm using stove coal until it really starts getting cold, like below 10degF or so. Wife doesn't like windowstats, so I try to keep things on low burn while temps are in the 30s and 40s. I've been known to mix things up too. When I have a pile of nut burning, after shakedown I'll get the coal pile going again with stove, then later back to nut. Depends on my mood I suppose! :D

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Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 6:17 am

I find larger size NUT best for my stove (of course its hard to get perfection/consistent sizing) but when I get a load of large NUT coal I always do a dance :dancing:

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vermont Castings Resolute
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Coal Size/Type: Stove coal
Other Heating: Oil Furnace, electric space heaters
Location: Monroe, NY

Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 12:30 pm

With a stove having good air control, I've never seen burn time differences between nut and stove. I do tamp down my stove coal when I put it in to condense the coal bed. I'm a fan of stove coal, and egg...

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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40, Stanley Argand No. 30, Glenwood Modern Oak 114, Stanley Argand No. 20 missing parts.
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite. Stove and nut size.
Other Heating: Oil hot water.
Location: Hampton, NH

Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 6:26 pm

Thanks for the replies. I just tried the stove as a experiment. Just got some more and the bags I got are a little more consistent. Not to many 6+ inch pieces. I find the stove size I'm burning (kimmels) definitely burns hotter with a more orange flame. Will go back to the Blaschak nut when I go back to work. 10-12 hours between tending. With my set up I don't think I can go any longer. Think my draft is to good. Lowest I can idle the stove is 300 deg. Yes I have a MPD. Thats ok I rather have to much draft than to little. I can open the cleanout on the stove flue on a 90 deg. day and have instant draft. I can live with it. Course I have a 40 foot interior chimney, and I'm on a hill. First year burning coal so I have to let the old timer (stove) teach me what makes it happy. So far I think I'm doing ok. It's heating my house and I'm happy. Matt

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Post Sun. Oct. 27, 2013 5:39 am

Absolutely the best advice. "Let the stove teach you." (just don't be stupid!) Each one has it's quirks. Once you get to be beer swilling pals with your stove, you'll be able to anticipate any setting to conform to a given day's temperature. :D

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