Coalcast Ep11: "Stoker Vs. Hand Fired" - January 14th, 2010

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Post Mon. Jan. 11, 2010 6:40 pm

And in this corner weighing in at..... Ding, ding, ding..,,

This should be a fun and informative topic for those looking to purchase a new coal burning appliance and are on the fence choosing between a hand fired coal stove or stoker. We're looking for guests for this one so please PM me if you're interested especially if you own both.

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Post Tue. Jan. 12, 2010 9:08 am

This will be great reading materials as I am just starting to look, so please post away so that I can make an informed decision. A buddy has a pellet fed system (stoker I think you call that) and he said it was messy (lots of ash and dust) and would not put one in a living space like I'm thinking about doing.

Please help this rookie make a good decision.

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Post Tue. Jan. 12, 2010 4:17 pm

I've got a Harman Mag in the garage and a EFM 520 highboy in the house, if I had a rec room where we sat in the evening it would be hand fired because like most Pyros I like to play with the fire :oops: but if you have a life and you need the heat you need a stoker.

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Post Wed. Jan. 13, 2010 10:33 am

Hmmmmm, maybe a topic for another Coalcast, but I would suggest also discussing "Furnaces/Boilers vs. Stoves/Inserts".
So many people want to heat their entire house with a stove, and want/expect even temps in all rooms :crazy: :wacko: :notsure:
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Post Wed. Jan. 13, 2010 4:22 pm

DVC500 at last wrote:Hmmmmm, maybe a topic for another Coalcast, but I would suggest also discussing "Furnaces/Boilers vs. Stoves/Inserts".
So many people want to heat their entire house with a stove, and want/expect even temps in all rooms :crazy: :wacko: :notsure:
What gives me that is a 520 and radiant on the first floor, nice an comfy everywhere :yes:

Glenn

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Post Thu. Jan. 14, 2010 8:33 am

I had an old wood/chunk coal burning stove years ago. Now I run a dvc-500 and I can tell you I would not trade it for anything. Aside from the occasional good cleaning just load the hopper, dump the ash once a day and forget about it. Set the automatic thermostat and enjoy the warmth.


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Post Thu. Jan. 14, 2010 7:27 pm

This is my first year with coal, and to see if I would like burning coal I picked up a Vermont Castings Vigilant with the coal kit. And yes it is nice just to look at while it is burning, just sitting there giving heat. The one thing I do like about it, is that I can burn pea or nut coal and these sizes can be found on places like Craigslist for free or very cheap... I have not noticed people listing rice coal free or cheap.

But to be honest still in the testing stages and torn between the hand fire and stoker....
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Post Thu. Jan. 14, 2010 9:18 pm

Sorry about the stream glitch toward the end of the show. We got a full recording though. Will try to get it posted tomorrow sometime.
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Post Fri. Jan. 15, 2010 10:06 am

Thanks Paul. I really enjoyed the discussion. It's rare I don't learn something new or get a greater appreciation for coal and the folks who make it available.
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Post Sat. Jan. 16, 2010 12:45 am

Got half of the editing done. Turned out to be a long episode so it will get finished up and posted Saturday.
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