How Much Coal Have You Burned So Far

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.
dandy
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: ka-6 dual fuel
Location: northern maine

Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 5:01 pm

Well fella's, I went to my notebook and counted how many bags of blaschek went up the chimeney so far. The tally is 149 bags of coal with a full hopper, which comes out to 40# shy of 3 tons. So from October 21 to present that averages to approximately 2 bags a day, which is very good considering that is heat and domestic hot water. The house is 2 stories with aproximately 600 sq ft per level, with a zone in the basement set at 70 degrees. The boiler is in a detached garage cellar with a cast iron radiator on the return for minimal heat so the pipes will not freeze. I'm very happy with this arrangement. Dan


rychw
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Coal Size/Type: Pea
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: 130
Location: Sykesville, MD

Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 5:16 pm

I've burned 2.5 tons of pea coal to date. It has been a mild winter in Maryland but the hot water coil is working overtime. I usually burn around 5 tons so I'm on track for that unless the temperatures fall as expected.

Badog
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Liberty
Location: Lehigh Valley Pa.

Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 5:38 pm

I don't know exactly how much coal I have burned but I do know I have burned 0 gallons of oil since 2010. :D

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stoker_RI
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: WL 110 Boiler
Location: Northern RI

Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2012 10:28 am

4,800 lbs...10/15 - 1/15 2800 sq ft and indirect hot water

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CoalWrangler
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 983
Location: Western Mass

Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2012 3:23 pm

1.6 tons since I lit my first match on 31 Oct. As a result of the very warm fall I had shut down the stove here and there all the while keeping the oil burner OFF. Now am a proud member of the one (box of matches) club, but am nice and warm. Heating approx 2400 sqft - two stories with my Hitzer 983 insert - nice :)

Hot Rocks
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Hyfire II
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Water Coil
Location: Palm,PA

Post Sat. Jan. 21, 2012 7:53 am

I burned about 2.75 tons since end of october. I need to make a coal run next week.
Dean

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1ststatedvd
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Stove/Furnace Make: Reading Stove Company
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Post Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 12:46 am

I have 15 (40lb) bags of Blaschak left from my 2nd ton. We started on 10/29/11 heating my 1500sq. foot townhouse at 68 degrees. I found bagged rice coal in Lancaster PA that burns longer than Blaschak and only $249 per ton. This 3rd ton I will be getting next month should last until the end of winter.

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NorthernIndiana
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine #4 Basement with Hopper, DS Machine 1300 Circulator
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Forced Air LP Furnace
Location: Shipshewana, Indiana

Post Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 10:40 am

About 1.75 tons since October. Been keeping 2200 sq ft at ground level + 2000 sq ft of basement at 70 - 73 degrees. Hope the warm weather holds so I don't have to reorder, I have less than 1 ton left.


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Rob R.
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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 Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 10:51 am

NorthernIndiana wrote:Hope the warm weather holds so I don't have to reorder, I have less than 1 ton left.
Don't count on it. We are halfway through the heating season, and the first half has been mild.

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lsayre
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 6:38 pm

This sure is a mild winter! I just topped off the boiler, and I've only burned a measured 1,374 lbs of coal so far this month. There have only been 845 'degree days' total for January (to date) where I live. There should have been roughly 1,050 degree days to this juncture if this was a normal January. That means this month has been about 20% milder than a normal January around here.
-Larry

Democracy rests upon the principle that collective wisdom arises from a pool of individual ignorance. A Republic rests squarely upon objective law, and fundamentally upon those laws which restrict the scope and actions of government.

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009to090
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice
Location: Warrenton, NC

Post Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 8:15 pm

Burned 3300 lbs since the beginning of October. I feel I will finish the year at around 3 tons.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

joelsef
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A-150 and A-450

Post Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 9:19 pm

I have burned about 3500 lbs so far, heating a 2400 sq ft house with 3 floors, heating the basement where it is installed as well. Using a Keystoker a150. We've had some brutally cold days but Im sure there is more to come.

James Goodine
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Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III
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Post Thu. Jan. 26, 2012 8:43 pm

Well just checked my memo pad and survey says 2130lbs of rice in the last 92 days or $3.70 a day. Call it La-Nina call it El-Nino hey wtf call it global warming I call it El-Cheapo to my bottom line!!!! :D :D :D :D

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Rob R.
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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 Fri. Jan. 27, 2012 8:45 pm

009to090 wrote:Burned 3300 lbs since the beginning of October. I feel I will finish the year at around 3 tons.
That poor EFM is going to spend the rest of its life idling on the timer. :roll:

I did the math tonight...7500 lbs since October. 8 tons should do the job this year.

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lsayre
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Fri. Jan. 27, 2012 9:03 pm

A smidgen less than 4,800 lbs. burned from October 14th through today.

Heating 2,520 sq-ft plus DHW.
About 6,150 "degree days" here (in a normal winter, not this one).
-Larry

Democracy rests upon the principle that collective wisdom arises from a pool of individual ignorance. A Republic rests squarely upon objective law, and fundamentally upon those laws which restrict the scope and actions of government.


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