How Many Winters (Years) Have You Been Heating With Coal?

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Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 7:14 pm

Meaning particularly as your primary heat source. And do you use anthracite or bituminous (or sub-bit, lignite, peat, ...)?

I'm a rookie in my first winter season heating with anthracite.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Pea
Other Heating: NONE
Location: Southern Minnesota

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 7:18 pm

This is my 4th winter heating with Pea Anthracite.It is
my only source of heat and would not want it any other way.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only
Location: Cantwell Alaska

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 7:19 pm

Two with coal range, this is the third with coal stoker, total of five years guess.
Burned coal when I was a summer only resident for years.
Burning Sub-Bituminous C.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62
Location: Hustonville, Ky

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 7:49 pm


"Corn Stoves", It is morally wrong to burn something you can make into Whiskey!


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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal
Location: Buffalo/Adirondacks, NY

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 10:31 pm

been around coal for a long time, I've been heating with it as a primary heat source for about 14 years. ten with various hand-fired stoves, 4 with stoker. burning bituminous stoker from western PA, previously burning bituminous nut from western PA (with many other bit coals from time to time and illinios/missouri bituminous when I lived in north central missouri) the only time I burn anything else is when i'm away.
Burning western Pennsylvania Bituminous in WNY using model 77 stoker furnace. BITUMINOUS equiptment: 2 hand fired stoves of my own design, Many Combustioneer Model 77 stokers, stokermatic furnace, Many Will-Burt stokers, & and Two Iron firemen.

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Coal Size/Type: All of them
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Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 10:43 pm

32 years.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 10:52 pm

30 8-) 28 years with hand fed Buderus, 2 years with Keystoker 90, girlie stove for us older folks.

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Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 10:57 pm

3 months as of yesterday. One match and loving it!
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Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Water Coil
Location: Palm,PA

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 11:00 pm

My twenty fourth year burning anthracite, 22 years with hand fed gibraltar lcc, nut & pea coal. This is my second year with stoker leisure line hyfire ll, rice coal.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KAA-2
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: used to have a 5 section Red Square
Coal Size/Type: rice anthracite
Location: Frostburg, Maryland [western]

Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 11:07 pm

Built the house [had it built], designed it for coal heat. Moved in spring '92. Seperate boiler room and coal bin room under the attached garage. Installed a 50s, maybe 60s? 5 section bit boiler in summer/fall of '92. We hand fired for several years, then installed an old Iron Fireman [originally put into service Sep '42!]. I have an air/air heat pump, and although it's probably pretty efficient when it's 60 out, I choose to run the boiler early and late in the season [apx Oct 1, through June 1]. So, I guess that you could say that coal is my primary heat source.

This is my 2nd year using a Keystoker Kaa-2 boiler. My first experience with anth. The old bit boiler served me well, but I am glad that I made the switch. Much less work, and much cleaner.

So, 19th season in this house. Burned local bit coal in several other locations prior. Rented a house with coal fired hot air furnace in my early 20s.

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I love my Kaa-2. It replaced a small 5 section Red Square, and Iron Fireman, burned bituminous for 20 yr.

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Post Sun. Jan. 22, 2012 11:10 pm

2001Sierra wrote:30 8-) 28 years with hand fed Buderus, 2 years with Keystoker 90, girlie stove for us older folks.
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Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 6:18 am

4th year, coal only heat. Awesome!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 6:43 am

Five years, all with anthracite.

Year one: Heatrola hand-fed.
Year two: Hitzer hand-fed
Year three (different house): Itasca hand-fed boiler
Year four: Itasca until December, installed an EFM in January
Year five (now): EFM, and I don't expect that to change as long as I live here.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal
Location: Forest Hill MD

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 7:15 am

9th year with rice coal. Do I get to count the the first 15 years of my life with nut in a hand fired ocatapus? Nah, I guess not although I did tend it from the age of about 12 until it got replaced 3 years later.
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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

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Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB
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Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 7:25 am

lsayre: R U some sort of Govt plant???????? You have more free than anyone I know. Is all this info some sort of trick to flush out the wacko's?

1972 was first hand fed, then AA 260's and a 130 AA since Oct. 1977. Yes, all of these units are STILL online....even the 'fool' who feeds them. Two Oct 13th 1977, second March 19, 1978. Think I figured that one out?

Yes, 'a few' with the AHS 130's and the 260's! Not earth-shaking, just gets your attention. You need to increase your workload....toooooooooooooo much free time, toooooooooooooooooooooo many questions.

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