Coal hibernation coming to an end............................

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Seagrave1963
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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 11:03 am

The signaling of approaching winter is not the usual shorter days or cooler evenings, it's the increased activity on NEPAcrossroads!

Well, that and the start of checking the stoves, flues, pipes and coal inventory :)


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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 12:11 pm

Speaking of which, 5 tons of Lehigh stove size is scheduled for delivery this afternoon. Looking forward to it!

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 12:29 pm

Lightning wrote:Speaking of which, 5 tons of Lehigh stove size is scheduled for delivery this afternoon. Looking forward to it!
You'll be busy inspecting each piece to insure quality control specs are met I assume.

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 12:46 pm

davidmcbeth3 wrote:You'll be busy inspecting each piece to insure quality control specs are met I assume.
Absolutely. There will be coal/ash ratios, along with a complete comprehensive report on heat production and burn characteristics with observations of visibly burning volatile gases with various secondary air. I will be testing for puff back probability potential also. Haha

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 1:37 pm

My EFM runs all year long, in the off season I wander down the cellar every couple days to check the bin and the ash tub. :D
That sais I should empty last season's ash out of the hand fed....lol

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 2:00 pm

Lightning wrote:Speaking of which, 5 tons of Lehigh stove size is scheduled for delivery this afternoon. Looking forward to it!
i'd like to see pics of that, possibly close to some nut for comparison ??

thanks,
steve

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 2:27 pm

Certainly will Steve. I've moved over all my previous coal into a nice neat triangular shaped pile into the far side of the bin. Unfortunately it has to share space with my delivery today. At some point I need to empty this bin somehow. But for now, the Lehigh coal will be piled beside the other coal, and the Lehigh will be first out of the bin when I start up. Some careful measurements and calcs tell me I have 1.46 tons based on volume, using 33 cubic feet per ton as a baseline.
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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 3:00 pm

Gettin all giddy to get the green demon snortin fire again :mrgreen:


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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 5:25 pm

Light you are gonna love the Lehigh . jack

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 6:40 pm

Lightning wrote:Certainly will Steve. I've moved over all my previous coal into a nice neat triangular shaped pile into the far side of the bin. Unfortunately it has to share space with my delivery today. At some point I need to empty this bin somehow. But for now, the Lehigh coal will be piled beside the other coal, and the Lehigh will be first out of the bin when I start up. Some careful measurements and calcs tell me I have 1.46 tons based on volume, using 33 cubic feet per ton as a baseline.
so, the coal in these pics is what you were using last yr ? not all together consistent but looks decent. stove as well i guess, surely bigger than my load of Lehigh nut.

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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 8:19 pm

Den034071 wrote:Light you are gonna love the Lehigh . jack
Yeah man, looking forward to trying it out!
KingCoal wrote:so, the coal in these pics is what you were using last yr ? not all together consistent but looks decent. stove as well i guess, surely bigger than my load of Lehigh nut.
That is correct, the coal pics above are left overs. I struggled a bit with last year's coal, it was a hair too big. I was constantly separating it so I could blanket the top of the fuel bed with the smaller coal amongst it. Only when I could burn it hard and hot it would burn good without dead spots forming.

So this load of stove size Lehigh coal is definitely slightly smaller than the stove size I've used before, and I'm very pleased about that. I centered 6 random pieces of the new load of Lehigh around a nut size piece.

The bin is full! Collectively about 6.6 tons in there. I see 75 degree temps in this winter's forecast, in the house that is, hahaha.
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Post Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 8:20 pm

Just the other day when it started raining, it was kinda damp and chilly, not cold or anything, and I thought to myself "boy a slow coal fire would feel just nice right now" just enough to drive the damp out. About an hour or so later my wife got home from school and the first thing she says to me is "I'll bet you're thinking of starting the coal stove up aren't you?" ... Dang, does it show that much? :?

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Post Thu. Aug. 31, 2017 3:02 am

I must heat 13000 sq ft of mixed residential and ag buildings. With care I can do it for under $2000 a year with coal. I fully recovered the capital cost of the set up in under 2 years and now I live in easy street. Yes, I am chomping at the bit to get started. I love the four seasons (now).

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Post Thu. Aug. 31, 2017 7:19 am

pretty much what i expected of the Lehigh stove, high uniformity just my load of nut

how were the fines ? i'm betting just about non existent.

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Post Thu. Aug. 31, 2017 7:51 am

The sizing looks really good and consistent. There wasn't much fines as in powder or sand size pieces. Getting towards the end of dumping, I did see, I'd say a few buckets worth of rice and buckwheat sized pieces, likely caused from handling. This coal was loaded and unloaded at least once before I got it. But no problem since I like to blanket the fire with small stuff on warm days.


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