Poll: How Many Matches This Past Season

For Hand Fed Stoves, How Many Matches This Past Season

0, you run year round. Im jealous
0
No votes
1 match club. Somewhere an employee making matches hates you
10
40%
2 Oops, almost
5
20%
3 Pretty darned good
2
8%
4-6 Good
5
20%
7-10 Need a little more practice
0
No votes
I Lost Count. I blame my spouse or neighbor.
3
12%
 
Total votes: 25

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warminmn
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Posts: 2570
Joined: Tue. Feb. 08, 2011 5:59 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Junior, Efel Nestor Martin, Frankenstove
Coal Size/Type: nut and stove anthracite
Other Heating: wood and a little LP
Location: Land of 11,842 lakes

Post Tue. May. 16, 2017 10:24 pm

For hand fed stoves. Hopper stoves included although they have an edge over us shovelers. Feel free to use humor. :D I think its been a couple years since we mentioned our results.

I started my big stove about Thanksgiving, switching back and forth from wood to ant to wood, then finished burning the soft I had, then ant, then wood and let her go out last week all on one match so I guess I have the old girl figured out. About 2 tons ant not counting my Chubby, maybe 300 lbs soft, and 1.5 cords of wood.

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2001Sierra
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Posts: 1854
Joined: Wed. May. 20, 2009 8:09 am
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Tue. May. 16, 2017 10:34 pm

I went with 4 to 6 and I have a stoker, and yes I have some explaining to do :oops:
My Mother In Law moved in late January. House went from comfortable to hot, as required. Often times I just ran the convection blower on full, leaving it plugged in direct to the wall. Well, when I would turn the stove off to empty ashes, I would then walk by the Coal-trol box and still hear the fan blowing and would forget to turn the switch back on. Yes that happened at least 3 times :cry:
Other than that it has been a good season :yes:

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davidmcbeth3
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Posts: 5573
Joined: Sun. Jun. 14, 2009 2:31 pm
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Post Tue. May. 16, 2017 11:40 pm

Only used one match...but it was the longest match in history.

Sunny Boy
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Posts: 12946
Joined: Mon. Nov. 11, 2013 1:40 pm
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace
Location: Central NY

Post Tue. May. 16, 2017 11:46 pm

Missing a category.......how about no matches ?

I use a butane grill lighter. ..... and I've lost count. :D

Paul

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Scottscoaled
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Posts: 2599
Joined: Tue. Jan. 08, 2008 9:51 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 6:42 am

Ok,ok,ok. Got a one ton+ bin. I fill it when it runs out. Guess what? I know it runs out when the fire goes out. So I go into the basement and light it again.

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freetown fred
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Posts: 21644
Joined: Thu. Dec. 31, 2009 12:33 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 6:44 am

1 of course--I've got a HITZER 50-93 :lol: Ohhh OK, ALMOST lost her once due to operator stupidity-- ;) Early Sept. till 2 days ago.
Last edited by freetown fred on Wed. May. 17, 2017 7:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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D-frost
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Posts: 539
Joined: Sun. Dec. 08, 2013 7:10 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon Eagle I (multi-fuel oil, wood/coal)
Baseburners & Antiques: Herald 'fireside oak'
Coal Size/Type: nut/Reading anthracite, stove/Blaschak
Other Heating: Jotul #118 wood burner
Location: Southern New Hampshire

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 8:10 am

I lost count:
Easy Winter- 1+ ton coal, 2 cords wood. The norm is 2 ton of coal and 3+ cords of wood.
Ya gotta love Glow-Bull Warming!!!!!!
Cheers

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deepwoods
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Posts: 606
Joined: Fri. Aug. 29, 2008 10:21 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & DS Machine Newstyle Champion
Coal Size/Type: nut (so far)
Other Heating: Ruud propane forced air system
Location: north central pa.

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 6:14 pm

I listed 3 matches in the poll, but need to mention it is 1 match for the DS in the basement and 2 for the upstairs Hitzer due to unexpected brief weather warm up in Feb. Basement is in shut down process as of yesterday and has been lit since late Sept.

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JeepGuy04
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Posts: 16
Joined: Wed. Dec. 28, 2011 5:58 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Gibralter CFS
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Gibralter
Stove/Furnace Model: CFS
Location: Stevens PA

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 6:46 pm

2 I believe. Was away a few days the end of February beginning of March.

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buffalo bob
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Posts: 727
Joined: Tue. Feb. 07, 2012 12:41 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut
Location: scpa. bedford co. buffalo mills

Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 7:52 pm

2 the feb warm spell suckered me, but i did get to do a good clean out vac and all replaced a broke fire brick also...that big old hitzer was roasting us out on low idle...saved a few buckets of coal and it only cost me one extra match...no big deal...done now till fall...B.B.

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michaelanthony
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Posts: 4078
Joined: Sat. Nov. 22, 2008 10:42 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.
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Post Wed. May. 17, 2017 9:32 pm

I punched the 4-6 card...when I get bored I let the basement stove go out to see it the cats and dog still know who the master is!...don't take long before the crying begins. :lol:

next yr the Vigilant goes in the basement so I can join the "0" match club ;)

lobsterman
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Posts: 634
Joined: Tue. Sep. 28, 2010 7:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby, 1980 Fully restored by Larry Trainer
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Chubby Jr, early model with removable grates
Location: Cape Cod

Post Thu. May. 18, 2017 6:19 am

Due to the fickle weather and several false starts to Spring, I did several day burns. No more cleaning out firepot to restart. Just add one small scoop of matchlite on top, thin layer of coal on top of that, a couple pokes from above to make air channels and I am up and running.

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SawDustJack
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Posts: 85
Joined: Fri. Jan. 15, 2016 6:12 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Newcastle/Ironhouse;Warm Morning 617a
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut
Location: Cape Cod

Post Thu. May. 18, 2017 1:08 pm

This was my first full year burning black rocks and it was awesome. I did two clean outs during the winter and we were up and down twice this spring with the crazy weather. Nice warm year!! Thanks for all the help to everyone! Reading all these posts helps us rookies more than you know!

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warminmn
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Posts: 2570
Joined: Tue. Feb. 08, 2011 5:59 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Junior, Efel Nestor Martin, Frankenstove
Coal Size/Type: nut and stove anthracite
Other Heating: wood and a little LP
Location: Land of 11,842 lakes

Post Thu. May. 18, 2017 1:54 pm

SawDustJack wrote:This was my first full year burning black rocks and it was awesome. I did two clean outs during the winter and we were up and down twice this spring with the crazy weather. Nice warm year!! Thanks for all the help to everyone! Reading all these posts helps us rookies more than you know!
We've all been there Sawdust!

It was an up and down year with temps which made it tempting to let mine go out but I have windows :lol: I did go back and forth with fuel types several times too, which is much easier in a hopperless stove. I need one of those fancy windowstats Michaelanthony uses...

hank2
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Posts: 111
Joined: Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 4:07 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1400 WH ciculator; 1880's small cannon in reserve
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: small New Yorker oil fired boiler; mostly used for domestic HW
Location: Berks County, Eastern Pa.

Post Thu. May. 18, 2017 10:44 pm

I pushed trough the Feb. and March warmups and quit about April 10th. 5 months to the day. I usually do 6 months, starting up in Oct. Only burned 3.25 tons, my lowest ever. If I would have had better coal this past season it would have been even less. Oh yeah, one match. The hoppa is my good friend!

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