Nut Coal or Pea 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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John3100
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30-95
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Post Wed. Jan. 15, 2014 8:52 pm

I have a Hitzer 30-95 and was curious what others use for coal? I being using Kimmel Nut Coal seems to work good was thinking of trying some Pea Coal. Didnt know what the best people have found to use. Not sure if one burns hotter or more efficient than the other? Any ideas ?

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lsayre
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Wed. Jan. 15, 2014 8:57 pm

John3100 wrote:I have a Hitzer 30-95 and was curious what others use for coal? I being using Kimmel Nut Coal seems to work good was thinking of trying some Pea Coal. Didnt know what the best people have found to use. Not sure if one burns hotter or more efficient than the other? Any ideas ?
Nut burns hotter and vanishes sooner as a consequence. I don't think the Hitzer stoves grates will work well with straight pea. It is not recommended by Hitzer.
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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 Wed. Jan. 15, 2014 9:01 pm

.....pssst...I know "a guy" that uses a 'nut, stove size mix...shhhhh :shh: in his Hizter that is.
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freetown fred
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Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
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Post Wed. Jan. 15, 2014 10:07 pm

You betcha, with outstanding results:)
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Hambden Bob
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Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air
Location: Hambden Twp. Geauga County,Ohio

Post Wed. Jan. 15, 2014 11:11 pm

Why Fred,You Wildman ! There You Go,John !
Remember,There's No Sight Like Anthracite !......Hambden Bob

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Post Thu. Jan. 16, 2014 3:22 am

Im agreeing with Fred on this one :doh: ... its a pain in the ass but I find a nut pea/mix in my 404 seems to maintain a hotter/longer burn time than either one alone.

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Rob R.
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Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
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Location: Chazy, NY

Post Thu. Jan. 16, 2014 4:32 am

lsayre wrote:
John3100 wrote:I have a Hitzer 30-95 and was curious what others use for coal? I being using Kimmel Nut Coal seems to work good was thinking of trying some Pea Coal. Didnt know what the best people have found to use. Not sure if one burns hotter or more efficient than the other? Any ideas ?
Nut burns hotter and vanishes sooner as a consequence. I don't think the Hitzer stoves grates will work well with straight pea. It is not recommended by Hitzer.
They have nut & pea listed in the brochure, and I see no reason why it wouldn't burn fine. I am burning some nut that is on the small side with some fines in the 50-93 in the shop and it is doing fine with it. The stove might take a little longer to respond with pea, but that is about it. Go ahead and give it a try.

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I'm On Fire
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Post Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 11:17 am

I run straight pea in the early fall, then switch to a mixed pea/nut range mix in the late fall then swap it out to nut in the winter, then I swap back to a mix and then straight pea in the spring before finally shutting down for the summer.

Also DS does not recommend pea at all as it usually falls through the grates, but I find if I keep some ash on the grates it works well.

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oliver power
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Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 3:30 pm

I burn pea in my 30-95. The 30-95 is a little less efficient than the 50-93. I find the pea slows the air flow some, making for a nice burn. Up until last year, I've always burned nut in the 30-95. I played around with pea, and I think I like it better. Both sizes burn good in the 30-95. All I can say is try some. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Oliver

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