Poll: What Percentage of Your Homes Heating Is From Coal?

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Roughly what percentage of your homes heating is done via coal?

100%
127
71%
90%
38
21%
80%
6
3%
70%
4
2%
60%
0
No votes
50%
0
No votes
less than 50%
3
2%
 
Total votes: 178

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mkline
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak x 2...Old and New
Coal Size/Type: Nut and Stove/Anthracite
Location: Lewisburg,PA

Post Sun. Feb. 03, 2013 4:42 pm

100% with two handfireds toothy .I use the oil boiler to heat water.I just heat up the water then shut it down until needed again.

Mike


Wanna Bee
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Stove/Furnace Make: Grander Stove Co.
Stove/Furnace Model: Royal Bride
Location: You wouldn't believe me if I told ya! Virginville PA

Post Sun. Feb. 03, 2013 10:33 pm

Fourth year of 100% hand fired coal heating, hot water is electric.

This year has been the easiest by far.
James,

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009to090
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Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice
Location: Warrenton, NC

Post Sun. Feb. 03, 2013 11:30 pm

90% cuz still use electric DHW, and pellet insert in kitchen. Will be 100% after boiler gets installed.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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Keepaeyeonit
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump
Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Mon. Feb. 04, 2013 8:32 am

I'm 90% coal, 10% heatpump spring and fall only but if I can get my chimney to draft better in the warmer weather then it will be 100% coal,the heat is just better!. Keepaeyeonit
Keepaeyeonit
Northeast,Ohio

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Ctyankee
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503 insert
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea
Location: Danbury CT

Post Mon. Feb. 04, 2013 5:34 pm

got 1900 sq ft split level built in 1970's to heat and the fireplace insert takes care of it all. Just needed a few small fans to move the air around and a vent up to the second floor. temp range for the rooms stay between 65-75 in the house. 40-50lb a day usage with outside temps in the 20's

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.
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Post Mon. Feb. 04, 2013 6:49 pm

I have had 2 out fires in 3 months and the hw heater is an oiler. I am closer too 100% but I picked 90%. The wife will use the furnace if the stove is on the down slope when I am at work, I get 12 hr burns, but Im away 12 -13 hrs. she had back surgery a few yrs. ago so tending of the hand fed is out of her realm. The pay back is great, and when I load the stove I can't help but think of the american's that are working because of it, now if only my local oil co.(small town up here) would sell coal they would have 100% of my business instead of 10%!
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 105
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Lenox Oil HA, Heat Pump
Location: Axemann, PA

Post Fri. Feb. 08, 2013 1:10 am

I burn 100% Mid October to Mid March, except for a couple of weeks around Christmas, when we tend to head south. Heat pump the rest of the year. HW is by Oil. Hope to move closer to coal country in a year or so, and want to go boiler, if possible and 100% is the goal. I answered 80%.

Rick

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tikigeorge
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6
Location: Phillipsburg NJ

Post Sat. Feb. 09, 2013 8:39 pm

I use oil for hot water only in the summer,a break for ash removal. The rest of the year coal for heat and hot water.


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johnniecuse
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line 110K Boiler
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Lafayette NY

Post Sat. Feb. 09, 2013 8:44 pm

100% heat & DHW for two years and loving every minute! The 500 gallon oil tank is empty.

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB
Location: Central NH, Concord area

Post Sat. Feb. 09, 2013 9:55 pm

I've been working out of town for a couple weeks and just saw this post. 100% since October 19th, 1972.

The FIRST Arab Oil Embargo finished it for me. Yes I have oil boilers as a backup in each location, however they are not turned on, and are tested once a month.

Like Federal Express....when it absolutely, positively has to work every night, I do have a back-up. 4500 sq ft at home, other locations, more sq footage, bigger boilers.

Has one of my Coal Boilers ever failed? Not yet! I do keep belts, blowers, motors, gear boxes, chains and whatever I need on the shelf, because unlike today's "Just Right Timing", I believe in Murphy's Law and that does not work for me.

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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnafire Elite

Post Sat. Feb. 09, 2013 10:21 pm

With the exception of a week at Christmas, 100% for the last three years from November to early April with my Harman insert. I've had less than 100 gallons of oil in the tank for three years now. Gotta love seeing the thermometer staying at 74°! :D Especially when I hear the neighbors gripping that they have to buy three or four tanks of oil a year just to keep their houses at 65°.

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Coal Size/Type: Rice
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Stove/Furnace Model: Koker
Location: New Haven, NY

Post Tue. Feb. 12, 2013 7:18 am

I voted 100% but it really is about 99%. I do use oil for early fall and late spring just to take the dampness out or chill off. Last oil I bought was August 2008 and most of it is still in the tank. Been sitting at 1/2 tanks for 3 years now!

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Stove/Furnace Model: s-20
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Post Tue. Feb. 12, 2013 7:47 am

Whistlenut,

Boy you sure hold a grudge for a long time, good for you !!! I agree , when enoughs' enough , its over! :rockon:

Waldo

By the way, that little guy Murphy---- He lives in my attic
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gaw
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Post Tue. Feb. 12, 2013 8:59 am

whistlenut wrote:Has one of my Coal Boilers ever failed? Not yet! I do keep belts, blowers, motors, gear boxes, chains and whatever I need on the shelf, because unlike today's "Just Right Timing", I believe in Murphy's Law and that does not work for me.
Come on now, you have to work without a net. It will teach you to be more careful. I have the Keystoker KA-6 in the house for heat. Period. A couple of weeks ago I go to work on a Sunday after being home for three days and guess what, Sunday night the main motor decides to take a crap. :mad:

Oh well, the local plumber has to eat too.
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tikigeorge
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Post Sat. Feb. 16, 2013 6:51 pm

I heat my domestic hot water in the summer with oil. From September to May I use coal boiler for both, domestic and hydronic hot water :D .


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