I'm Tired of Winter & I'm Tired of Shaking

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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Cap
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator
Coal Size/Type: Nut and Stove
Other Heating: Heat Pumps
Location: Lehigh Twp, PA
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Post Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 11:17 pm

Hello List--

I'm down to my last few lbs. of coal and I just can't wait to close up for the season. I'm flat out tired of dealing with the heavy ash and the dust from this last batch. :mad: I'm flat out tired of winter too and want to get on with long days outside either working or playing. :D

I think I am ready to go stoker next year just so I do not have to shake out the crud two x a day. It use to be a hobby for me, now it's become too much to deal with everyday. And too darn dusty. I realize I can be more careful but I ain't got all day to wait for the dust to settle prior to taking out the waste.

So if anyone wants to make me a reasonable offer for a 3 yr old Harman SF250, by all means, shout my way. I'll also be looking for a large stoker capable of 100k btu's. I've always liked the Harman's best so A Harman Mag might be in my future although it could be a tad small to heat 3 floors. I think it could do it based on the fact I almost never have to ramp up the current SF 250 cooker much past 50% output.
Cap
Lehigh Twp.
Northampton Co., PA

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coal berner
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 11:34 pm

Cap wrote:Hello List--

I'm down to my last few lbs. of coal and I just can't wait to close up for the season. I'm flat out tired of dealing with the heavy ash and the dust from this last batch. :mad: I'm flat out tired of winter too and want to get on with long days outside either working or playing. :D

I think I am ready to go stoker next year just so I do not have to shake out the crud two x a day. It use to be a hobby for me, now it's become too much to deal with everyday. And too darn dusty. I realize I can be more careful but I ain't got all day to wait for the dust to settle prior to taking out the waste.

So if anyone wants to make me a reasonable offer for a 3 yr old Harman SF250, by all means, shout my way. I'll also be looking for a large stoker capable of 100k btu's. I've always liked the Harman's best so A Harman Mag might be in my future although it could be a tad small to heat 3 floors. I think it could do it based on the fact I almost never have to ramp up the current SF 250 cooker much past 50% output.
Well Cap if you would of drove 15 more miles you would of got
the good stuff :P
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

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coalkirk
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal
Location: Forest Hill MD

Post Sun. Apr. 06, 2008 9:45 am

Cap wrote:Hello List--

I'm down to my last few lbs. of coal and I just can't wait to close up for the season. I'm flat out tired of dealing with the heavy ash and the dust from this last batch. :mad: I'm flat out tired of winter too and want to get on with long days outside either working or playing. :D

I think I am ready to go stoker next year just so I do not have to shake out the crud two x a day. It use to be a hobby for me, now it's become too much to deal with everyday. And too darn dusty. I realize I can be more careful but I ain't got all day to wait for the dust to settle prior to taking out the waste.

So if anyone wants to make me a reasonable offer for a 3 yr old Harman SF250, by all means, shout my way. I'll also be looking for a large stoker capable of 100k btu's. I've always liked the Harman's best so A Harman Mag might be in my future although it could be a tad small to heat 3 floors. I think it could do it based on the fact I almost never have to ramp up the current SF 250 cooker much past 50% output.


Welcome to the "girlyman" side. It's like learning to walk upright without dragging knuckles. :lol:
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

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CoalHeat
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sun. Apr. 06, 2008 10:35 am

coalkirk wrote:Welcome to the "girlyman" side. It's like learning to walk upright without dragging knuckles. :lol:


Exactly what are you incinerating here? :evil: (misspelling intentional.)
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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coalkirk
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal
Location: Forest Hill MD

Post Sun. Apr. 06, 2008 10:43 am

Don't shoot! :surrender: It's just that going from a hand fired to a stoker is alot like the invention of the wheel. It's a natural evolution. For the record, I use a hand fired jotul in my outbuilding workshop/hide out. I've always been slightly insulted (not really) with the girlyman label on the stoker users. I shovel 250# at a time and carry out a large heavy ashpan and get tagged as a girlyman. From what I've seen, the hand fired guys carry a hod of maybe 25# and an ash pan that looks more like my cats litter box. :lol: :lol:
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me." —General George S. Patton

Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland
Location: Michigan

Post Sun. Apr. 06, 2008 11:17 am

I know what you mean coalkirk, my hopper holds 1500# of coal,, that needs filling weekly,, that's over forty five gallon buckets of coal, scouped, carried and dumped into the hopper...

And my ashpans, are 12" deep, and 22"x22",, if I let them get near to full.. they are like 60#... that's usually every two days.. so I make a habit of emptying them daily...

I don't want to meet the 'girl' that can do my 'girlie-man' jobs with my boiler.. She'd be pretty scary !! A Russian female weightlifter maybe??

Greg
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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CoalHeat
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sun. Apr. 06, 2008 5:44 pm

coalkirk wrote:Don't shoot! :surrender: It's just that going from a hand fired to a stoker is alot like the invention of the wheel. It's a natural evolution. For the record, I use a hand fired jotul in my outbuilding workshop/hide out. I've always been slightly insulted (not really) with the girlyman label on the stoker users. I shovel 250# at a time and carry out a large heavy ashpan and get tagged as a girlyman. From what I've seen, the hand fired guys carry a hod of maybe 25# and an ash pan that looks more like my cats litter box. :lol: :lol:


Don't panic, I'm only kidding.
I can see your point. I shoveled coal all weekend for both stoves.
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Charlie Z
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Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
Stove/Furnace Model: Darby
Location: North Fork, NY

Post Mon. Apr. 07, 2008 1:50 pm

coalkirk wrote: From what I've seen, the hand fired guys carry a hod of maybe 25# and an ash pan that looks more like my cats litter box. :lol: :lol:


But, that's all we need...

Grok very happy with simple life.
"There's a time for thinking, and a time for action. And this, gentlemen, is no time for thinking!" - John Candy, "Canadian Bacon"

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Location: Sch. County

Post Tue. Apr. 08, 2008 9:52 pm

I debated on letting it go out today, but they are calling for 38 overnight.

Every day that I shovel coal and carry out ashes I remember that I'm saving $35+ every day over oil, for maybe 20 minutes work, and suddenly I don't mind at all.

I'm already on thinking how to improve things for next season. I see a used hand fired boiler in my summer plans.

Steve

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.
Location: Whippleville, NY

Post Wed. Apr. 09, 2008 9:33 pm

Having just switched from a small woodstove burned 24/7 for 7-8 months a year, to a gravity fed hopper coal stove, I can't believe anyone could object to the work of tending a coal stove. I suppose we naturally get used to one thing then seek something even easier. To paraphrase the famous line from "Treasure of the Sierah Modre" "Stoker? We no need no stinkin' stoker!"

Signed,
A real manly man
:P
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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