==================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================PlanelyFlyin wrote: ↑Tue. May. 03, 2022 3:47 pmI've been spending a lot of time reading through this forum the last few month. I've learned a lot but now have even more questions it seems like. Finally figured I should just join
We are thinking about getting a coal/wood cookstove to use for cooking and heating. We are currently heating with a pellet stove and use about 2 1/2 - 3 tons of pellets a year, plus some supplemental heat with electric space heaters. Our house is 1200sq.ft. but we are in the process of adding on so this next winter it'll be 1800sq.ft. It's a 1920 farmhouse with no insulation in the walls and some blown-in in the attic.. We are thinking of the cookstove because then we could cook and and heat our house when the power goes out (it does a lot here because of the wind).
I can get anthracite from Tractor Supply for about $450/ton and there is a Blaschak dealer about 3 hours from me. I think his price is $530/ton. I can also get Bit coal from a guy here in locally (I live in SE Idaho) for $80-120/ton. He said it's from a mine in Utah. Is the athracite going to be that much better that it would be worth getting it, or would the bit coal be the better way to go? Also, based on our pellet usage, how much of each kind of coal would we be using approximately?
For stoves I've been looking at some of the modern built ones that they sell at Obadiah's stoves, mostly the Heco brand. I've also talked with the guys at Antique Stove Hospital about getting an antique one and they recommended a Glenwood K for the size of our home and if we end up going with the bit coal it'll be easier to clean. Just wondering if anyone has any experience using either of those?
One other thing I was wondering, In all the internet reading I've done, of course I read a lot of articles about how coal is going to kill you and all you love if you burn it in your home, a little exaggerated it would seem, but one thing I read that I would like to know a bit more about if possible is the amount of the heavy metals, particularly lead, that can be present in coal smoke. Is that actually something to be concerned about? Got 4 little munchkins in the house and their health is important! Tied to that is... will a cookstove (Antique versus Modern made too?) run a higher risk of smoke leaking out than just a heating stove. I've never seen one in person yet so I'm not sure how well sealed they are.
Just a couple months ago I knew nothing about coal, so it's been a lot of fun learning about something new to me, and this forum very quickly became my go to source of real world information when I found it, so thanks for being here!
With what you wish to do the Ashley Coal Circulator which is the BCAC model from US stove that will heat 2,000 square feet will work well and it also has a very large cook top that you can employ to put a pot of water on it to humidify the air as well as cook as the top of the circulator can be propped up to use the cook top.
The Ashley BCAC coal circulator is certified by Warnock Hersey International to Underwriters Laboratories #1482.
The BCAC coal circulator is firebrick lined and has shaker grates that help burn the coal better. You can also burn wood in this console heater as well.
As you live near the State of Montana border buying nut size oiled Sub Bituminous coal from one of the four mines in Montana would cost you much much less money per ton.
Download and print the owners manual for your reading as I think you will approve of it as it will be very hard for your ankle biters to get burned by it as it has lots of covers.