Coal Tools...

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.
rberq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators (fuel oil); propane
Location: Central Maine

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 9:26 pm

freetown fred wrote:Ahhhhhhh, you guys:)
What's the long one for, Fred?
I'm trying to make this foolproof, but I'm badly outnumbered.

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Lightning
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Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 9:28 pm

That's for when it goes nuclear cuz the knuckle head refused to bow to the all mighty barometric damper.

:woot:

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oliver power
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Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 9:41 pm

WOW! You guys have lots of tools. I have a straight rod about 3 foot long. One end has a round eye-let. The other end heated, and flattened some with a drill hammer. A little poking / raking from above is all I ever have to do. My coal tool inventory is so small, it's not worth charging camera batteries for a picture.

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joeq
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Joined: Sat. Feb. 11, 2012 11:53 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired
Location: Northern CT

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:11 pm

Well, I guess some stoves/furnaces have built in handles, and grate rockers, and others function differently. My stove has 2 tools needed to open the hot hopper door alone, cause it has a safety latch, much like the hood of a car has 2. Then the riddle and raking tools. And a fan for supercharging a dying coal bed, by blowing air through the open ash pan door. And then there's the flashlite for monitoring the vitals in the dark (or the shadows behind the stove), such as the draft, the heat exchanger thermometer, the dial for the thermostat. Then there's the handle for carring the hot ash pan, which also doubles for opening the loading door. and then I mix in a few home-made ones, just to confuse people. (Which also works on me). :D
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freetown fred
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:18 pm

Hell, I only use the closest one, that's for poking in the hopper to get as much coal in as I can--the rest just look cool hangin in the hearth area--kinda like chrome on an old panhead :clap: toothy
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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:30 pm

Crow Horse wrote: The aluminum kitty litter scoop works great when I need to clean out the stove if the fire burned out. The ash drops through to the grates and I recover the unburned coal....
Soon, You won't need the scoop... ;)

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joeq
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: G111, Southard Robertson
Stove/Furnace Make: Thermopride
Stove/Furnace Model: oil fired
Location: Northern CT

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:38 pm

(Unless he buys another kitty.)
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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davidmcbeth3
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 10:55 pm

get yourself a welder and a mill and make all the tools you need !

Don't wear flip-flops when welding (I forgot this week ... zonkers!)

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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 12:55 am

You guys are making me feel very unprepared...I just have a few pails and a grain scoop.

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dcrane
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404
Location: Duxbury, MA./Hanson MA./Brockton, MA

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 5:02 am

I got my coal shovel, coal hod & fireplace poker and that's all folks...

As you gentlemen can see... My dog clearly behaves more normal than yours :what:
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I also wanted to post up a pic of CrowHorses dog since he forgot... :fear:
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Crow Horse
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Golden Flame
Coal Size/Type: chestnut
Other Heating: kero

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 6:44 am

Came down stairs this morning to rod & refuel the stove only to find my Dane watching "Wilfred". No joke, he watches TV. Just can't figure out how he works the remote with his big paws......

The "tools" I'm using to rejuvenate the coal bed are working out well......
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Loki, in the footsteps of Wilfred......
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Thor. in a festive Western mood......
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Freddy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 9:08 am

Tools & dogs, tools dogs....

The only tool I have is a 1/8" Allen wrench. We girly men only need to adjust the ash temp thingy once a year. Oh, look! Photographic evidence shows I actually have a hard to see spare wrench! And of course, an intelligent dog & one that's, ahhhh, well.... not so much.
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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 Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 11:21 am

You guys are hardcore!!!
I only have a piece of 3/4 inch (I think) steel pipe about 3 feet long that was a section of gas line to the old furnace. Over time, and playing of course, I have one end smashed flat that I heated in the stove and beat with a hammer. Other than that, a pair of leather gloves with a hole in the finger to make picking my nose easier.
Simple man have simple ways I guess
Wheelo

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freetown fred
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 11:25 am

INDEED W! :clap: toothy
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JohnB
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Mostly nut, some pea
Location: Northeastern Ct.

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 2:11 pm

My coal tool kit is pretty basic: The same 3" long hooked poker I used for 20 years with my woodstove, a large grain scoop for when I run without the hopper & the flimsy flat "shovel/scoop" that came with my Tractor Supply hod. It works great for scooping out the ash that misses the ash pan. Anything heavier & it will bend like a soft pretzel.

Here's a photo of my helpers conserving their energy:
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No issues with them chewing up my gloves. Being Springers they like nothing more then carrying one of my gloves in their mouth as if it was game I'd just shot.

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