Hitzer 503 & 983 Owners Pea or Nut?

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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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 8:36 pm

I been using Pea coal in my 503 and it seems to work great. What is your size of choice?
Jim

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 9:35 pm

Nut

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 10:37 pm

I’ve been using nut, it was strongly recommended by the dealer where I purchased my 503. I haven’t had any problems with it at all.

I have a friend that burns pea in his boiler. I’m going to try some just to see if there is any difference. From what I hear, pea is more difficult to keep burning.

Tom

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Post Wed. Dec. 10, 2008 9:27 am

I never had any issues on keeping the fire going with Pea. I sometimes have a piece get stuck in the grates when I shake down. This is not a problem for me I just give it a good pull and it breaks loose.

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Post Fri. Dec. 12, 2008 6:55 pm

Nut burns better in my Hitzer 95-30, especially at low burns. I think it breaths intake air up through it better. :)
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Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2008 10:08 am

so far I've been burning Blaschak nut with very good results but I just bought several bags of pea to try just for the sake of cuiosity I'll let you know

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Post Tue. Dec. 16, 2008 12:03 am

Blashack Nut in a 503.
Very good draft.
Lit once, let the 'rents fill and shake and it is still running strong 6 weeks later!
Might try some Pea mixed in due to the strong draft.
The damper is choked all the way down and no ash can escape the stove!
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Post Tue. Dec. 16, 2008 6:27 am

I have been using nut in my 503 which has been working well. I haven't tried pea so I can't compare the two....

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Post Thu. Dec. 18, 2008 9:07 am

Burning Blaschak nut here. Haven't tried pea. I don't think my local dealers even carry it. They carry nut for the hand-fired owners and rice for the stoker owners.

What surprises me a little is the range of sizes with the nut. Of course the majority of the coal is within the nut-sizing range (13/16"-1-5/8"), but there are some bags with lots of nickel- and dime-size chips and some bags with lots of much larger chunks, sometimes up to what I would consider to be stove-size. I would imagine that pea would be mostly the nickel- and dime-size stuff (9/16"-13/16"). So a lot of what I've been burning could almost be considered a stove/nut/pea mix, I guess. I initially chalked the varying sizes up to breakage in the bags, but it seems to be more than just that. When one bag has a lot of larger chunks and another bag has lots of smaller chips, it's probably not just breakage.

Regardless, the nut seems to be burning just fine in my 503.
Jeff

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Post Thu. Dec. 18, 2008 12:15 pm

Going well with nut in a 503 here.

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Post Thu. Dec. 18, 2008 12:30 pm

I had 4 T of nut delivered and it burns very well. Like Jeff, I have various sizes but most of it would be considered nut. I was considering installing a rice burning boiler but this little jewel throws off so much heat I put that whole project on the back burner...no pun intended!!
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