How Long Will She Idle?

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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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
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Post Fri. Apr. 28, 2017 5:04 pm

Another successful recovery after a 54 hour burn. I added 70 pounds total, broke down like this -
45 pounds stove size on bottom
18 pounds nut size layer
7 pound blanket of fines on top

Picture was taken after shake and rake before loading.
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Post Fri. Apr. 28, 2017 5:18 pm

I knew you wouldnt let it die :lol: Good job!
I'm just an old chunk of coal now Lord but I'm gonna be a diamond some day - Billy Joe Shaver

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Post Fri. Apr. 28, 2017 7:26 pm

warminmn wrote:I knew you wouldnt let it die :lol: Good job!
Thanks warminmn! There is a cooler week coming up in the first part of May. After that it'll be time to let her rest till fall :)

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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 5:20 pm

Just recovered the fire after a 68 hour burn lol, that's a new record for me on a single load. Last tending was Friday evening around 7:00pm and then shake and load today (Monday) around 3:00pm. Just a few hours shy of a full 3 days :yes: .... Although, I did have a situation yesterday with a draft failure. There was a quick hard shower that I think sucked some heat out of the chimney and it was very humid with 75 degrees OAT. The lighter humid warm air with the chilled chimney was just enough to send the draft going the wrong way. Not by much though, It was right around 0 to +.005 "wc. It did go unnoticed for a little while, I had a CO detection of 30 ppm that vanished quickly with the windows open as soon as I recovered the draft. To do that, I just opened the ash door and flossed the grates from underneath. The draft went negative in about 3 to 5 minutes. After that I kept the draft diverter door open (direct mode) and the draft held steady at -.02 to -.03 after that event.

The next 4-5 days are showing mid 50's for highs and mid 30's at night so a little more burn time... :D Currently the cold front is blowing thru, pretty severe winds and tornado sightings in nearby towns..

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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 8:31 pm

Lee, GREAT--my HITZER has done that w/ no bells & whistles--no readings, etc. She just keeps doin what she was built for--heatin the house! :D pourin & blowin here--sky is black!!!
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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 8:57 pm

Better get that house tied down Fred. Don't want to end up in Oz. :D
(Follow the yellow brick road)
And to Lee. You've really gotten that furnace tuned to the hilt. Congratulations. I like your blue flames above too. Good pic. :yes:
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 7:47 pm

freetown fred wrote:my HITZER has done that w/ no bells & whistles--no readings, etc.
Single load, no Hopper? I didn't know you were a Marathon burner with that stove Fred :)
joeq wrote:You've really gotten that furnace tuned to the hilt. Congratulations. I like your blue flames above too. Good pic.
Thanks Joe! I'm always finding new things to be impressed about with burning coal... it's a fun challenge learning new techniques and pushing boundaries :yes:

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 8:29 pm

Yep--single load w/ hopper--when my Mom passed, went to Pa for 4 days--came back home & got her goin again--not my Mom, the HITZER ;) You're doin good with the-- whatever you call that Lee. :)
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 9:04 pm

Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!

i know you will shoot for 72 hrs next time, then 80, then 90... etc. Good job!
I'm just an old chunk of coal now Lord but I'm gonna be a diamond some day - Billy Joe Shaver

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Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 9:21 pm

warminmn wrote:Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!

i know you will shoot for 72 hrs next time, then 80, then 90... etc. Good job!

One of the signs that it's time to check the batteries in the CO detector. :D

Paul
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 11:33 pm

warminmn wrote:Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!
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I'm not seein it WM, but I have been known to spot a few shapes in cloud formations. :what:
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Post Wed. May. 03, 2017 6:47 am

Sunny Boy wrote:
warminmn wrote:Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!

i know you will shoot for 72 hrs next time, then 80, then 90... etc. Good job!

One of the signs that it's time to check the batteries in the CO detector. :D

Paul
What batteries? :baby:
I'm just an old chunk of coal now Lord but I'm gonna be a diamond some day - Billy Joe Shaver

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Post Wed. May. 03, 2017 2:37 pm

warminmn wrote:Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!

i know you will shoot for 72 hrs next time, then 80, then 90... etc. Good job!
It took me a little study, but yeah, I see the camel, I think... or horse? Looking left to right, the head, then the two flames jetting towards the bottom are the front legs. The body starts out just in front of the front legs then continues past them, towards the right. Am I seeing it warmin?

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Location: Land of 11,842 lakes, not 10,000

Post Wed. May. 03, 2017 2:51 pm

Lightning wrote:
warminmn wrote:Does anyone else think Lightnings blue flame avatar pic looks like a camel with a bridle? :lol: Im sober I swear!

i know you will shoot for 72 hrs next time, then 80, then 90... etc. Good job!
It took me a little study, but yeah, I see the camel, I think... or horse? Looking left to right, the head, then the two flames jetting towards the bottom are the front legs. The body starts out just in front of the front legs then continues past them, towards the right. Am I seeing it warmin?
That is exactly what I see everytime I see it until I realize its a flame. The camel because of the bump below its neck. For whatever its worth I always see things in pics others dont. :lol: Show me a family photo and I'll see the fly on someones face right before anything else :lol: Its been a long winter!
I'm just an old chunk of coal now Lord but I'm gonna be a diamond some day - Billy Joe Shaver

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Post Wed. May. 03, 2017 9:13 pm

Shake and load after a 48 hour burn today, no problem :) Some pretty cool days coming up, I even saw that four letter S word in the forecast for this weekend... MUTINY!!!!

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