Furnace Clearance

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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pspinella
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Wood/Coal Furnace SF-3500A
Location: Wading River, NY

Post Sun. Sep. 21, 2008 10:11 pm

I am about to install a Harman sf-3500 furnace parallel (side by side) to my existing oil furnace. As I plan for this installation, I am wondering: Are the clearances listed accurate for the space between the two furnaces? In other words, the specs list a clearance of 24 inches on the sides. But does the new coal furnace need to be more than 24 inches away from the oil furnace? or is that 24 inches fine for the space between?

Thanks for any advice!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea
Location: Guilford, Connecticut

Post Sun. Sep. 21, 2008 10:28 pm

The clearances are generally from combustible surfaces so I don't think they are a real issue for your install except for servicing. Just be sure that you can service each unit properly at the distance you chose, it gets tougher the closer together they are.
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