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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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Wheelo
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: 1537 US Stove
Coal Size/Type: Bit
Other Heating: Propane
Location: South-central Ohio

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 9:35 am

The last few days here in the Buckeye have been rather warm (50s) so I decided to attempt to burn some firewood I had laying around, to give my coal pile a little break...
It appears that I have forgotten just how great life was burning coal! I'm burning 3 year seasoned black locust.. Fueled the fire around 9 last night, woke up around 4 this morning to a chilly house, and really nothing in the stove to work with. Apparently I still had my dampers set for burning coal, and didn't choke it down any during the night... After about 5 grease and oil soaked rags, and a few small pieces of coal with some small chunks of wood, I finally got a little heat out of it. Stocked it up, went to the barn to feed the horses, ate breakfast, and stocked it up again! Burning firewood really sucks! (Coming from a guy who has only been burning coal 4 months maybe) seems that I've forgotten almost everything I know about burning wood.
On the bright side though, all the soot inside my stove is gone, And the chimney will need a few passes with a brush after burning this joke called wood.
Very thankful I found this site, and the folks around here were patient enough to help me through everything there is to know about burning coal! You guys really rock!
Thanks!
Wheelo

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:12 am

Hey W, if you're gonna be foolish, do your night load with some "night chunks" I NEVER had a problem with an all night burn--that kindling don't last long :clap: toothy
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Wheelo
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:29 am

Freetownfred,
That's quite the attractive stove you have there bud! I'm looking to install something similar in design upstairs this summer to help out some.. If you don't mind, could you tell me a little more about it? What is it? What kind of space will it heat?
Thanks!
Wheelo

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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:39 am

freetown fred wrote:Hey W, if you're gonna be foolish, do your night load with some "night chunks" I NEVER had a problem with an all night burn--that kindling don't last long :clap: toothy
Funny you should end up with that woodstove Fred. My parents Last woodstove looks just like it. Only I believe it was called a Fisher. One of the best woodstoves ever.........

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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:51 am

My dad has an old Brunco. 8 inch chimney,new blower motor, excellent shape overall. Setting in his living room. Hasn't been used in over 15 years, since he heats with free nat gas. Heck, I was probably the last person to use it when I still lived there! I've been trying my best to get him to come off of it! Even offered my first born child! He quickly refused on that offer.. Dang

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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 2:48 pm

It's a BULLARD--W/ blower --real similar in design to the old FISCHER--outstanding stove--They do NOT make them anymore--heated this 2800 sq old farm house just fine at 70* as far as wood burning goes, I think my Grandfather covered it best with his "ya gotta be smarter then what you're workin with" Pretty much the same with coal, ya think? ;)
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 4:01 pm

If we're posting woodstove beauty shots I'll throw in a photo of our enameled cast iron Jotul 600. It kept our 250 year old colonial toasty warm for many years, night & day. Only has to work part time now that it's heating my shop.
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 4:21 pm

Nice JB--AND--I DO like your hearth set up, but hell, I'm from Freetown after all! :)
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 4:35 pm

Thanks Fred. That rock was laying on one of our old stone walls behind the shop. Had to cut 6" off one side, flipped it up enough to get under it with a hand truck & dragged it into the shop. That backhoe of yours would have come in VERY handy that day!

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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 11:07 pm

We forgive you ... just don't let it happen again ... :D :D

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Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 11:39 pm

I put the last scoop of my 3 1/2 tons in Friday and made a smooth transition to wood.
One matched it since early November. :yes:

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Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:19 am

Nice V--get an extra ton next year, it won't spoil :)
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Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 11:13 am

I'm still setting on maybe 2 ton of coal. Which will last at least til spring, maybe..
Nice stove JB! Something about that size is what I'm looking for. Nothing too big, as my 1537 hotblast heats this old 4,000 sq ft farm house to a cozy 70+. Although I have one room that kinda lags a little (65 degrees). I have plenty of space for a stove in that room, and a chimney install is an easy task for this area. Just looking for a small, simple stove, easy on the wallet, that'll only need to heat a small area,and display a little flame for the dining room.
Love the pics folks! Please keep them coming!!!
Thanks!
Wheelo

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Post Thu. Mar. 13, 2014 10:17 pm

freetown fred wrote:Nice V--get an extra ton next year, it won't spoil :)
Hey Fred.
I like burning wood at the start and finish of each season. I can get some nearby, so what the heck.
I just don't go at the firewooding process as hard as I used to. Although today was another one in the teens, the 40's and 50's
can get a bit too warm in here. Just easier to shut down and start up if needed.

Overnight and extended fires are easy with this stove. Last weekend we went out of town for the day. Eleven hours later there
was enough embers to stir up and add fresh wood too. 8-)

Did you get all the snow up there that missed us?

Kevin
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