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Rob R.
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Post Sun. Nov. 24, 2013 9:56 am

titleist1 wrote:that was a fast hook up! :)
He started the project around Memorial Day. ;)


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joeq
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Post Sun. Nov. 24, 2013 11:30 am

Love them old steam radiators. The "theys" say it's the most comfortable heat out there. My old house used to have them, but were removed long before I moved in. I can't afford the wall space they take up. And yes, our temps here in southern N.E. have dropped, but hear it's only temporary. Suppose to climb back to the 40s something with in the next few days. Haven't fired my stove up yet, cause I'm trying to conserve what little coal I've got. Running on "liquid" right now.
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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SMITTY
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Mon. Nov. 25, 2013 12:14 am

No! Not the liquid! :fear: :nono: :P

This is the first season EVER that I've not had the oil burner running. I used to leave it on all season to pick up where the HW coils left off - thermostats OFF, of course - couldn't afford to heat this place that way. It used to kick on enough over the course of the winter to use about 1/4 tank. Since I've got the stoker up and running, the oil burner is disconnected electrically, and it's flue stuffed with newspaper. That's a GREAT feeling! :yes:

Woke this morning to 16° ... hit 24 for the high today, windy as hell from sunup to sundown ... and we're now back at 16° again, and headed downward. Saying teens to singles tonight! Too early for this crap!

The stoker sure has proven itself though. From 61° all the way down to 16°, the thing hasn't missed a beat - even with one power outage, and one idiot forgetting to load the hopper! Still on one match!! I can't believe it. Jimmy sure did set me up good. 8-)
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for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

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Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Mon. Nov. 25, 2013 8:26 am

Rob R. wrote:
titleist1 wrote:that was a fast hook up! :)
He started the project around Memorial Day. ;)
Of last year!

Looks great Smitty.
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Post Mon. Nov. 25, 2013 5:54 pm

Wow! Quite the flame burning in that video Mr.Smith. Almost thought you were burning one of them "eco" bricks. So has your stoker put your Harman out of commission? Or do you still run both? Or was the stove in the video your Harmon? :oops: (I'm so confused). Looks like you've got your self a good supply of coal in your basement. Is that "Santa" nut?
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Wed. Nov. 27, 2013 7:54 pm

I just burned 190 lbs. of coal in only 3 days, and it's still only November!
-Larry

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 10:10 am

Bring it on!!!
IMG_4325.JPG
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 1:13 pm

Nothing like the feeling of a full coal bin! 8-)
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me." —General George S. Patton

Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.


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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 2:59 pm

Indeed!
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 4:24 pm

We're still not too bad here in New England. But I hear that out west and even some southern states are getting hammered with some cold. I don't imagine there are many members from the south on this forum. But I'm wondering about the midwestern northern area. Is there any arctic air there that's heading east?
Today we're low 30s heading into the 20s tonite. Gave me a good excuse to fire the 513 up. It wouldn't burn for crap the other nite when I tried to start it. Found out the temp went into the 50s at nite. No wonder. I let it die.
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 4:32 pm

Not Midwest, but here in Central PA, down to teens tonight and highs in the 20's a few days next week.

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 5:51 pm

Congrats Greyhound -your the 1,000th post! You get .... internet beer! :woot: toothy :drunk: :beer: :cheers:
joeq wrote:Wow! Quite the flame burning in that video Mr.Smith. Almost thought you were burning one of them "eco" bricks. So has your stoker put your Harman out of commission? Or do you still run both? Or was the stove in the video your Harmon? .. (I'm so confused). Looks like you've got your self a good supply of coal in your basement. Is that "Santa" nut?
Wow I'm a little late here with a response ... but that vid is of the new stoker boiler - you can always tell the difference between a stoker and a stove by that "shelf" (burn plate), and the narrow but bright burning band of coal on the burn plate of a stoker. A stove just has a large pile of coal burning non-stop.

When I shot that vid, the stoker had just kicked off, so it was "coasting" in that vid.

Yes, the Harman has been retired for the time being. It will remain in the swamp, just in case.

And yes, that's all Blashak bagged rice - 6 tons down there at the beginning of the season. I think there's a bit less than 5 tons down there now.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 6:47 pm

My impression of a stoker, is basically a large furnace, and thought it would burn at least nut coal, if not stove or bigger. I thought that rice was for little hand fired free standing stoves. With the new stoker working so well, do you think the Harman will be up for sale? :)
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
http://nepacrossroads.com/about36489.html

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 6:51 pm

Actually you got that backwards - big sizes for handfired, and smaller sizes for stokers, due to the mechanical feed aspect. My stoker paddle would bust in 3 if I fed it pea or nut coal. :D If the coal would even make it that far down the hopper.

I'm going to hold on to the Harman - like I said .. Just in case. If the SHTF, I'll still be warm. 8-)
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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Post Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 9:25 pm

Wow Smitty. I didn't think a stoker even had a hopper. Guess I'll have to do some more research.
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
http://nepacrossroads.com/about36489.html


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