Vogelzang SR57E "The Rancher" Turned White

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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redduck21502
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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 1:56 pm

I was burning some anthracite coal to get the paint to cure yesterday and got it pretty hot. The outside of the firing chamber turned white. Is this a problem? I can wipe it off a bit with a moist cloth, but when it dries it seems like it comes back. Did I ruin the stove by burning too hot? The thermometer on the pipe was around 300-400 degrees, so I figured it was safe since the thermometer lists creosote buildup from 100-300. is there a way to get rid of the white?

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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 2:18 pm

That may be just overheated low temperature paint.. you can buy a can of high temp paint at an autoparts store, 1200* or 1500*. But, personally, I'd save the $$ and put it in a 'coal stove' fund.. you really need to get a better stove. The amount of work you have put into this 'make-do' stove allready to fix the obvious poor manufacturing practices, and now the low temp paint,, all indicate that the stove is marginal at best..

Please keep looking for a good, used, made-to-burn-anthracite stove for your home... This stove is not one that I'd like to have burning while I sleep in another room.. make sure to have several smoke detectors and CO detectors in the house.

Please have a good fireproof base under the stove, and keep at least two 5 gallon pails of sand to use as a fire extinguisher nearby. With the previous posts about the sheet metal base on your stove and legs ripping out of the base of the stove.. I really recommend a different stove.

Sorry to be so negative.. but there have been several 'red flags' raised already with this stove,, and the real heating season is still months away, and it really isn't cold yet..

Safety comes first..

Greg L.
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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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 4:55 pm

I may one day get a better stove, I primarily bought it to warm up a basement room. The room has HVAC in it, but I had a chimney put in when I built the hose, and just wanted to use the chimney for something. I probably will not burn anything when I am out of the room. I may also burn wood since it burns at a lower temp usually.

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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 5:56 pm

Just be real careful, the forum hasn't had any members hurt or fires or CO poisoning.. I certainly don't want to EVER see or hear of it..

Greg L.
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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Post Sat. Sep. 27, 2008 8:30 pm

Hey. Have to add my two cents. I have a post up about the stove, and a bunch of these guys helped. If you PM me your telephone number, I'll walk you through what worked for me. It isn't made specifically for anthracite, but it can be rectified fairly easily, so you won't overfire again.

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