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A Coal stoker furnace or stove controls most operations including automatically feeding the coal. They are quite similar to any conventional oil and gas units and easily operated for extended periods of time. They commonly use rice coal but may use larger sizes like buckwheat. They can be used as primary heat, supplementary heat or have a dual set up with your existing oil/gas furnace.
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MiscCheetah
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Kast Console
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Post Wed. May. 12, 2010 5:47 am

It's not a coal stove, but I found success. I am converting to coal this year blah blah blah... on to the nitty gritty.. Currently I am running two pellet stoves and have had problems with generators, I found a viable solution in a simple Inverter. I went down to my local tractor supply and bought a 1000 watt (Cont. duty) inverter and a battery. I hooked the inverter to the battery and a battery charger to the generator. I was able to run my Whitfield with out a problem. I imagine you could do the came with a coal stove. For ref. my Whitfield is a "Profile 20"

Whether it is coal or pellet, the principles of the control boards are the same.
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Coal Size/Type: rice
Other Heating: Electric, Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer LE Top Vent
Location: Eastern MA

Post Thu. Aug. 11, 2011 10:08 am

MiscCheetah wrote:It's not a coal stove, but I found success. I am converting to coal this year blah blah blah... on to the nitty gritty.. Currently I am running two pellet stoves and have had problems with generators, I found a viable solution in a simple Inverter. I went down to my local tractor supply and bought a 1000 watt (Cont. duty) inverter and a battery. I hooked the inverter to the battery and a battery charger to the generator. I was able to run my Whitfield with out a problem. I imagine you could do the came with a coal stove. For ref. my Whitfield is a "Profile 20"

Whether it is coal or pellet, the principles of the control boards are the same.
Be careful, you didn't state what type of control.

If you had problems with generators, chances are they had bad brushes or slip rings or were expensive "inverter generators". Or just too long and small gauge power cords.

Also be careful regarding "the principles of control boards are the same" Many (not all) electronic variable speed digital thermostat controls such as the Coal-trol require a sine wave, not a "modified sine wave" many lower cost inverters output. They actually can live without a perfect sine wave but require a fairly smooth sloped waveform. "Modified sine wave" inverters have no smooth slope, they put out rectangular pulses.

Just a note to be careful saying all controls use the same principles implying they have identical characteristics and requirements. They do not.
Check your CO detector - It's nasty to wake up dead


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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Invader 2
Baseburners & Antiques: Wings Best, Glenwood #8(x2) Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice,
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22
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Post Thu. Aug. 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Ran my Pocos (with coal trol) on a cr appy Troy built Lowes special for four days - never missed a beat. Life requires a little effort - either in chimney maintenance or making sure you have a little back up power when you need it. There are no free lunches.
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Coal Size/Type: rice
Other Heating: Electric, Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer LE Top Vent
Location: Eastern MA

Post Thu. Aug. 11, 2011 12:27 pm

coalnewbie wrote:Ran my Pocos (with coal trol) on a cr appy Troy built Lowes special for four days - never missed a beat. Life requires a little effort - either in chimney maintenance or sure you have a little back up power when you need it. There are no free lunches.
Most cheap generators actually produce fairly clean power if cared for. They are a tried and true simplistic (antique) design.

Heck, I've had success with a Chinese ETQ generator - super cheap.

Any generator with brushes and slip rings can have its output deteriorate badly if run in a dirty/sandy environment or stored in a location that causes the slip rings or brush springs to corrode.
Check your CO detector - It's nasty to wake up dead

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