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.
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gizmo
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Pea
Other Heating: NONE
Location: Southern Minnesota

Post Sat. Apr. 16, 2011 9:33 pm

I started mine October 15 2010.It is heating my house,shop and domestic
Hot water.No other source of heat.+70 to -30 temps, no outfires no
problems.5 tons of Reading bagged to Date.It went to 30 Degrees
with 2" of snow again last night.Going to keep it going till it stays warm
at night.Thats 55 lbs. a Day average.


Jimeeh1970
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Other Heating: Napoleon 1401i wood insert
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman/Napoleon
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000/1401i
Location: Pardeesville, Pa

Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 9:25 am

5 ton Thanksgiving to 5/1
VF3000 about 2000 sq/ft
NE PA

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freetown fred
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
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Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 10:47 am

just into my 4th ton--started the end of Sept & still going--2800 sq. ft. 200 yr old farmhouse in NYS
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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 12:14 pm

Yesterday I hit 4.5 tons since January 23rd. Still burning...

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freetown fred
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Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 1:03 pm

What the heck did you do before Jan 23--live in your union suit. :clap: toothy
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Rob R.
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Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 2:07 pm

freetown fred wrote:What the heck did you do before Jan 23--live in your union suit. :clap: toothy
Burned a lot of nut coal and fuel oil.

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Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 2:46 pm

Still burnin'...
Looks to be about 4.25 ton...
House stayed a very nice 74*...
Best of all it was all Shallow Suburban Mined...
And free for the haulin'...
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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Post Sun. May. 08, 2011 7:49 pm

8605 Lb. Coal 0 gallons of #2 and 2 matches to heat 2400sq. to happy wife temperature. :D Must admit that the house did drop to 68F when outside was single digits and windy. That will be fixed with a bit of weather proofing in this 70s colonial.


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Pa papa
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS-130
Coal Size/Type: Pea; anthracite
Other Heating: oil fired boiler; LP insert
Location: Summerville,PA

Post Thu. May. 12, 2011 5:25 pm

whistlenut wrote:You know there will be some sad faces when the garage goes back to outside air temps. It isn't summer yet, so keep her going for a few more weeks. Don't forget to save a 5 gallon bucket or two with old ash to restart the the beast again.
Most forget that part, some even leave the ash in the burn pot and ashing grate....please don't......
Clean that piping up also and give it a shot of your favorite oil......WD 40 is quick .....
Well Whistlenut, between you and my first lady, it's still burning a month later
Now I'm at 5.075 ton and the wife is giving in.
I was all geared up to start cleaning and preserving the AHS this afternoon but didn't anticipate on it still burning 3 days after it's last bag of coal. Maybe this weekend. Saved a bucket of ash. I'll give her a real good cleaning head to toe. Gonna try some Amsoil HD metal protector and see how that works.
Sure has been nice though and we're both looking forward to next fall already.

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Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:36 pm

So, its January 15th, 2012. I know its been fairly mild this winter (even though the winter is officially only a few weeks old) and I'm curios to see where everyone stands right now.

This time last season I had already burned through two ton and was beginning my third ton of nut. This year, I finished up one ton about a week ago and just started on my second ton. Prior to January 8th I was feeding the Chubby SR. 100 pounds of coal a day to keep the house in the mid sixties. I didn't track the DS last season since I had started mid season with it. But right now I'm running a coal hod and two 38 oz. shovel fulls of nut through the DS; I think I had read somewhere that a coal hod holds 15 pounds of coal (?not sure?).

I figure that if the weather continues to get colder I may need to possibly buy one more ton of coal. I bought three ton in June/July so, if I keep running the stove at the temps I've been running since yesterday (500*+) then I may need to buy another ton.

So, what has everyone else burned thus far?

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Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:46 pm

I'll get back to ya ..... gotta count all my little bag corners .... :D

EDIT: ok all counted:

95 bags as of right now. Last loaded at 3am. Need to reload, so could add 1 or 2 to that number. 3,800 lbs or 1.9 tons. Lit up Oct. 28th, then subtract 14 days for 3 separate shut-downs due to warm weather.
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Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
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Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:47 pm

I've gone through 4,100 lbs. from October 14th, 2011 through today.
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Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:49 pm

started oct 10 with kodiak
jotul came on line maybe round dec
burned bout 2.5 ton so far

3 out this am 73 inside 8-)
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Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:50 pm

Smitty,

See, I was gonna do that too. But my son doesn't follow directions to save his life. So, now I just use the pallets that I stack the coal on. I have one empty and one with two layers missing. Those two layers are in the bin next to the coal stove. So, one ton down and a little less than two left.

Eagle,

It was 9* when I woke up and 70* inside.

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Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 5:59 pm

About 3.25 tons since Oct. 1st.


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