Would You Be Burning Coal If Not for This Site?

Would you be burning coal if not for this site?

I was already burning coal.
I knew of it and my research led me here.
Never knew about coal until I came across this site.
Total votes: 148

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Richard S.
Posts: 12736
Joined: Fri. Oct. 01, 2004 8:35 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite
Location: NEPA

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 4:11 pm

Thought this would be an interesting poll.

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Posts: 12551
Joined: Wed. Nov. 23, 2005 9:17 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW), ComfortMax 75
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 4:18 pm

I came across this site not long after it started, and I signed up, but then I drifted, forgot about it, and never got involved in coal until awhile later. But when the spark returned, it returned due to this site. I'd have to say this site certainly inspired me to try coal. Great site by the way Richard!

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Posts: 2940
Joined: Wed. Oct. 03, 2012 9:53 am
Baseburners & Antiques: 2 Crawford 40's, PP Stewart No. 14, Abendroth Bros "Record 40"
Coal Size/Type: Stove / Anthracite.
Other Heating: Oil fired, forced hot air.
Location: Western Massachusetts

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 4:24 pm

I knew about coal but was looking into a wood stove, :doh: that's how I came across this site.

Glad I'm here.

Sunny Boy
Posts: 12910
Joined: Mon. Nov. 11, 2013 1:40 pm
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace
Location: Central NY

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 4:40 pm

Been around coal stoves off and on for about 45 years. Last 9 years cooking/heating with it about 3/4's of each year.

Stumbled on this site last year looking for stove parts.


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Posts: 2941
Joined: Mon. Mar. 10, 2014 10:06 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1984 Eshland S260 coal gun
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh anthracite pea
Other Heating: oil furnace
Location: Peasleeville, NY

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 4:46 pm

I had heard about it but didn't really know much, when I bought my furnace I had noticed it would burn coal, and after using wood and not having long burn times and excessive creosote I figured I would give it a try, then upon some research I found this site and this is the most informative site out there with the best people on it! I've learned a lot on here and I thank everyone for one

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Posts: 6068
Joined: Sun. May. 02, 2010 11:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 5:01 pm

Found this site during the time that I was researching about using wood pellets.
So glad I was steered in the direction of coal. :D

Anybody find an antique pellet stove base burner yet?

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Posts: 3736
Joined: Wed. Jun. 18, 2008 6:04 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Stove Size
Location: High In The Poconos

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 5:07 pm

McGiever wrote:Found this site during the time that I was researching about using wood pellets.
So glad I was steered in the direction of coal. :D

Anybody find an antique pellet stove base burner yet?
I think they found one in the ruins of Atlantis. Well, you know what happened to that place.

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Posts: 10621
Joined: Thu. Nov. 22, 2007 9:52 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice
Location: Warwick, RI

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 5:19 pm

I bought a house with the Mk I in it and probably had some hits and misses which is why I came looking for help. It's been a while so I can't exactly remember.

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Posts: 4404
Joined: Wed. Nov. 14, 2007 4:06 pm
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 Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 5:49 pm

Been burning rocks since the early 80's...way before this here interwebinet thingy. But I have learned a lot from this great site that is for sure!

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freetown fred
Posts: 21577
Joined: Thu. Dec. 31, 2009 12:33 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 6:06 pm

I was burnin with the old HITZER for one season using the hit & miss concept--got on this here machine one day & punched in coal burning & Wa-Laaaa. This site has surely taken a lot of the drudgery out of burning coal properly & safely:)

waldo lemieux
Posts: 2266
Joined: Sun. Sep. 30, 2012 8:20 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20
Location: Ithaca,NY

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 6:35 pm

Oh I was makin coal ashes 3yrs before in a hand fired boiler . Then I found this site while looking for a stoker and now me and the EFM are real coal burners. A guy can Mine alot of valuable information around here :)


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Posts: 238
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 Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 6:43 pm

While this site has been a warehouse of information, I have been burning coal since the early 80's. Thanks to Doug Cranes father and the model 44 learning and burning was like being on easy street!!

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Posts: 1050
Joined: Wed. Mar. 24, 2010 7:18 pm
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo stove, Blaschak stove
Other Heating: 46 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 25 year old heat pump
Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 6:45 pm

I know about coal before finding this site but this site and everyone here helped me make up my mind on getting away from wood so thank you :dancing: . Keepaeyeonit

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Posts: 8427
Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 6:53 pm

After a winter of propane bills plunged my finances into the red, I got online and looked for alternate ways to heat my home. I stumbled across this site and read for several days with every spare minute I had. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I announced to the wife that the propane furnace was going bye bye and we would be heating with coal.. she was certain I had lost my mind. Over the last three winters I've saved roughly $9000 over propane and have never been warmer. Thank you for having this site and thank you to the many coal burners who have offered their knowledge and experience. :D

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Rob R.
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Posts: 11506
Joined: Fri. Dec. 28, 2007 4:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2014 9:27 pm

I had never seen coal burn, and knew very little about it until I joined this site. I was gifted an old stove, and after burning wood in it for a while I figured out it was a coal stove. Found some bagged Blaschak and gave it a try...fire kept going out, so I did some research and found Nepacrossroads.

To answer the question in the thread title...no. If I had not found this site I probably would have given up on coal and just kept on burning wood.

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