Hopper Funnel

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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VanBuren
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503
Location: Westchester County, NY

Post Thu. Feb. 12, 2009 4:14 pm

Guys

anyone ever build or buy a hopper funnel that would allow me to pour coal into a hitzer 503 hopper. Currently, small crumbs of coal fall onto the lip requiring me to clean up before I put the lid back on and at extreme temperatures I'd rather be over and done with faster. Also with a funnel I would be able to rest a 50 lb plastic bag briefly while pouring the coal in and eliminate a scuttle/bucket load up.

Attached are samples of what I have in mind - unfortunately these are for concrete mixers - I think aluminum would do but an off the shelf solution would be even better but I'll pay to have one made if I need to.

thanks in advance for any suggestions/experiences

Van
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hopper funnel design 1
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hopper funnel design 2

CapeCoaler
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Fri. Feb. 13, 2009 12:43 am

We use a boar hair paint brush and a coal hod.
Simple and easy.
Ok the whole system.
Plastic 40 lb bag emptied into a 5 gallon pail emptied into two coal hods.
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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baldeagle
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 354
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Location: SW Penna.

Post Fri. Feb. 13, 2009 9:55 am

VanBuren --- We go with the same, for bags just split a 40# bag into two coal scuttles and pour into the 503 ... for 5 gal
pails; same pour into the scuttles and wipe/clean with finger tip of a pair of gloves.

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keithonline
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Post Sat. Feb. 21, 2009 6:32 am

I noted the same problem. Luckily the 503 easily holds 40 lbs so I can fit the whole bag. I put the coal in a nice bucket that funnels it when I do to keep it off those ledges. It would have been nice if Hitzee would make those flanges at a 45deg angle and cast the lid accordingly to not have that problem. I keep a brush handy to wipe those stragglers off the edge when I take my chances with dumping the coal in straight from the bag.

CapeCoaler
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
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Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Sat. Feb. 21, 2009 10:58 am

If you are waiting till 40 lb fits the hopper must be empty.
The hopper should be kept reasonably full.
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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