Dust Control- Need Help!

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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Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump
Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Fri. Mar. 21, 2014 10:13 pm

ddahlgren wrote:
Keepaeyeonit wrote:I fill 5gal buckets then I spray the top with oil about a week before I fill my indoor bin,when I get a bulk bin I will spray the coal as its coming down the shoot.I use mineral oil from TSC its $17.99/gal(I use 2 gal a year with 4 tons of coal) but some people use peanut oil, I have used canola oil in the past but it builds up on the buckets and my indoor bin over time plus its a bitch to clean. when I started to burn coal I sprayed it with water before filling the stove like you and I had black dust too but with the oil I have none.I would oil it on your next bin fill but for now just give it a good spray with oil and let it work its way down into pile. Keepaeyeonit
Isn't that only 35 lbs of coal? What do you do have a dozen of them?

How bad is the coal when bagged? Does anyone sell the oiled bagged coal in the CT RI area and delivers?
No, I have 9 of them to be exact :D. I can get a week unless Its real cold out and then Its only 5 or 6 days,I am setting up a outdoor bin and will oil it when I fill it so I can get some floor space back in the garage in the winter.Keepaeyeonit

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

Post Sat. Mar. 22, 2014 5:59 pm

ridgeracing wrote:I have been using my DS hopper fed hand fired stove for 2 seasons now and love its performance. We have it in our basement/family room of our ranch home. My problem is DUST! I get 3 tons delivered wet that is stored 6ft from stove in basement. I then hand shovel coal into a 15-20lb bucket that I dump in hopper every 12 hrs. This year I got a small weed spray pump that I use to water coal down before shoveling into bucket and dump into stove. But that has not really helped, our basement gets coated black pretty bad and my sons room that has supply fan from basement is black, his room gets dusty as well, but not as bad as basement. Furniture in base. Is just aweful! Any help/suggestions. I thought of getting oiled coal but don't no of anyone that sells it close to Harrisburg PA. I get my coal at RR coal in Lykens. Thanks for help!
RR, I used to get my coal from Wertz in Mechanicsburg and I know they always offered oiled coal. As of three years ago, I think they were charging $8 a ton to oil it. Whatever oil they used was effective at keeping the dust down. I think it was a light machine oil as opposed to a vegetable oil. It had no odor in the bin. At end of heating season there was some dust in the bottom of the bin but it was heavy because of absorbing the oil and was easily swept up without a mess.

Only effect I noticed in the stove was it did smoke a bit when I first filled the hopper. If for some reason I opened the filler door within 10-15 minutes of filling, a puff of smoke came out with a little odor.

I know what you're saying about the black dust. This year I got Blashack nut in bulk from Kuntz in Hummelstown. The day they delivered in November it was near freezing, and they didn't wash it during loading because they were afraid it might freeze in the truck. Not so bad in the finished side of the basement, but in the storage side where my coal bin and stove are, it's a mess, despite my trying to shovel and dump as gently as possible. Gonna give the shop vac a workout when I'm done burning for the year!

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine Stove
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1600WH
Location: Elizabethtown, PA

Post Sun. Mar. 23, 2014 8:58 pm

Kunts delivered coal last year for me (250.) per ton and they watered it down before delivering. This year I picked it up in Lykens for $170. A ton. And it was watered. I am going to try this place in Lancaster that will deliver it oiled for $225. A ton.

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