Hope Your All Prepared for the Cold Spell.

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood No.6 and No.116
Location: Spruce Head, Maine

Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 10:52 pm

It was 50 degrees here on the coast of Maine today. Spent most of my time slowing the Glenwood 116 down enough to keep from opening windows. We did our cold snap a few days back.

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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. Jan. 06, 2014 11:11 pm

[quote="Keepaeyeonit"]We doing fine here with a -10* right now,the 983 is at 610*(never had to run it that hot before but I haven't seen temps this cold since I got it),and a warm almost 76* upstairs :D.Take care. Keepaeyeonit

When you look up heat in the dictionary there is a picture of your stove, :D :D I do miss the "blue ladies" with my stoker. :roll:

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: old Sears rebuilt, bituminous- offline as of winter 2014
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Buckwheat
Other Heating: Oil Boiler
Location: Western PA

Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 11:33 pm

-5F outside here and 74F inside. Very old, definitely NOT air tight, hand fed bit coal furnace is keeping up with this poorly insulated (well, getting better very slowly :) ) farm house.

I am checking it every 3-4 hrs, though, pouring the coal to her and making the smoke fly!

Windchill is reported about -25F and going lower.

It's been a learning curve and some rough spots, but really HAPPY with my stove right now 8-)

Stay warm and safe!
Keystoker KA-6 online January 2015

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine DS-1500WH
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak bulk nut
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA

Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 11:53 pm

coalkirk wrote:At the temperature you have now (16) and falling, you should turn the heat pump thermostat to emergency heat. In regular heat mode I can't believe the compressor is sending you any heat. You're only getting heat from the auxilairy strip heater. Better to not waste the juice that the compressor is using and send it the the second strip heater. (emergency heat).
I have done that on occasion (like the 1994 subzero spell that went on for about 10 days), and got grossly increased elec bill those months. My experience is, I do better in the long haul just letting the HP run, pulling the heat in from the coal stove, and then cutting the backup heat in when it thinks it's needed.

My system has an old, dual-bulb thermostat, with the second bulb controlling the backup resistance heat. I can remove the thermostat cover and see if the backup heat is being called via the state of the second bulb. So far tonight (7* out as of 11:30 pm) the HP is still cycling on and off without the backup heat kicking in. Wouldn't be surprised if it starts calling for some backup heat in the wee hours.

This will be my last year for the electric backup heat in any case. I'm due for a new heating system next year. Looking at a high SEER heat pump with a propane furnace as backup. We don't have natural gas lines in our area, and I don't like oil.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Mostly nut, some pea
Location: Northeastern Ct.

Post Tue. Jan. 07, 2014 9:11 am

When I woke up yesterday it was 58° outside, today it was 5°. House was 71.5° this morning on the first floor, a little warmer upstairs. Hitzer is cycling between 350° - 450° after the shakedown recovery & the first floor is 72°+ and climbing. Not bad for a 250 year old relic.

Previous owners have added inner stud walls over the years; some with insulation, some not depending on the time period. The insulation used was standard fiberglass stuff which the mice love & render pretty much useless after a decade or two. They tunnel through it & use it to make nests. Stripped one of the downstairs walls to the bare vertical planks on Sunday. Foamed in all the gaps along the sill & between the planks yesterday. Along the sill I stuff copper mesh into the gaps before foaming so the mice can't chew through. Standing in front of the bare wall this morning I was surprised how little cold bleeds through the 1" thick chestnut boards with nothing covering them but a sheet of Tyvex & the clapboards once you fill those gaps. Putting up a new inner stud wall today which will be filled with 6"-7" of Roxul stone wool insulation by mid week. The mice hate the stone wool so if they do find a way in they won't want to stay. It also has excellent sound deadening qualities which is a plus as we live along a busy road. I'll have all the first floor walls redone in a couple months so I expect we'll be even toastier in here next winter & will be burning less coal to boot!

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