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

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 7:30 am

20 so far. 19 with a hand fed burning nut in a Mark III and this is my first with a Mag Stoker burning rice.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing 3
Location: Greenwich NY

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 8:22 am

This is my third year. Alaska Channing 3, rice stoker. Initially wanted to heat basement, then realized it could heat the whole house. Oil fired boiler only comes on to heat hot water. Added return cold air from farthest bedroom then using convection blower to pull vaccum. It works good enough to move air.

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Joined: Tue. Feb. 27, 2007 12:48 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane Model 404, Harman MK I
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: NG Boiler
Location: Rhode Island

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 9:12 am

32yrs. All with hand fed.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6
Location: Northern Maine

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 9:28 am

4th year here. The K6 should have paid for itself spring 2013. Saving about $1,500 per year. :D

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: New Buck Corp. / MODEL 24 COAL
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut / Anthracite
Location: NEPA/Pittston Twp. PA

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 9:46 am

Heating the home with ant. coal 32 years. 29 with the Warm Morning and 3 with the Buck Model 24. Time sure flies when your having fun. :D

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000
Location: Harrison, Tenn

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 2:51 pm

2 or 3 years with Memco wood boiler burning some coal. More coal towards the end then wood, 3rd year on Harman Vf3000 boiler, hugh savings in this climate.


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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size
Location: Pottstown,Pa

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 3:03 pm

second year burning,boiler halfway payed off.

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Three Labs
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Joined: Mon. May. 09, 2011 1:19 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman SF-250
Location: Trevorton, PA Western end of the middle anthracite field.

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 3:04 pm

This is the 29th winter-all with the SF-250.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Auger
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Location: Delanson, NY transitioning to SE Mass

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 4:05 pm

15 years total. 10 year with hand fed Surdiac and in my fifth year with an Alaska 140 auger.

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I'm On Fire
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator
Location: Vernon, New Jersey

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 7:22 pm

Two. Well, technically 1.5 seasons thus far. Started with a Chubby SR in the beginning half of the 2010/11 season and then switched out to a DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator. Now I just use the 1600.

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coal bob
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Joined: Tue. Dec. 28, 2010 10:06 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Ds machine basement#4 stove with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Nut anthracite
Other Heating: Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: ds machine
Stove/Furnace Model: basement #4 stove with hopper
Location: delaware, oh

Post Mon. Jan. 23, 2012 7:36 pm

2 years,starting burning ant in my clayton 1600 last year after 15 years of wood :sick: This year with the ds basement #4 does not get any better :D

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Stoker Coal Boiler: key stoker ka6
Stove/Furnace Model: ka6
Location: fabius new york

Post Tue. Jan. 24, 2012 10:18 am

4th year burning rice in keystoker. Stoker should pay for itself this winter. Saving about 1300.00 per year. Love this unit has been a great heat source for me. This forum has also been a big help. Thanks guys

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea
Location: Springfield, VA

Post Tue. Jan. 24, 2012 11:58 am

4 years; 1 before the forum and 3 after. What a difference the forum makes! I've increased my heat production and decreased my coal usage. Now looking for second stove for my basement room.

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Post Tue. Jan. 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Have been burning anthracite nut for 23 years, before that it was wood for 10 years.

The central heating in this house is FHA oil and has not run continuously for more than a two days in 33 years. The tank is filled about every 9 years or when the price of oil hits bottom like it did in June 2009.

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Duengeon master
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump
Location: Penndel, Pa.

Post Tue. Jan. 24, 2012 8:05 pm

This will be our ninth year of burning any kind of coal I can get my hands on to sample!!!!!

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