Anyone Using a Natures Comfort Boiler

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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Rex
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Stove/Furnace Make: D.S. Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator 1500
Location: Indiana

Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 8:15 pm

I have a family member looking into the 120-coal model and wondered if the boiler would be suitable for coal? Any owners opinions?

http://www.naturescomfortllc.org/coal-boiler/

Thanks..

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland
Location: Michigan

Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 9:10 pm

The shape of the firebox will cause lots of problems with removal of ash, creation of clinkers and in general poor performance when burning coal.. Now, if you are in bituminous country, and plan on burning Bit coal it might be just ok..

I'd highly recommend buying an indoor coal boiler, putting up a small building to enclose it, and save a ton of money doing it.. outdoor boilers in general just don't measure up.

Do a search for OWB on the site, you will find plenty of info about NOT using an outdoor wood burner for coal.
The grates shown on the website do look nice, but the shape of the firebox above will still cause the boiler to have constant problems with clearing ash and causing clinkers to form

You can also do a search for US Stove , their 'Hotblast 1557, Clayton models can burn coal, but only with lots of attention and modifications.

Hope this helps.

Greg L..
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?


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Rex
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Stove/Furnace Make: D.S. Machine
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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 9:31 pm

Thanks.. I had always thought verticle sides or non-slopping walls are always best with any coal burner. Correct?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland
Location: Michigan

Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 11:15 pm

Yes, you are 100% correct.

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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