Did You Make the Right Decision?

User avatar
Posts: 98
Joined: Fri. Dec. 25, 2009 9:24 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Pea
Other Heating: NONE
Location: Southern Minnesota

Post Thu. Apr. 05, 2012 8:58 pm

It is still running.Can't think of my life without it.

User avatar
Posts: 4060
Joined: Sat. Nov. 22, 2008 10:42 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.

Post Thu. Apr. 05, 2012 10:56 pm

Don't have to wear sweaters in the house, little 4 yr. old won't wear his socks, we all lounge in tee's and shorts, don't have to ask the boss for an advance on my pay check so I can buy oil,don't have to shovel snow for the oil delivery guy. The guy that sold me the used stove has a store front = job, the guy that sells me coal has 4 or 5 employees, and last but not least, my warm air furnace sucks compared to my 30 yr. old hand fed coal stove that sits proudly in front of my fireplace with my dog and the rest of my family photo's.....case closed bookem' dano.

User avatar
Posts: 3030
Joined: Fri. Dec. 23, 2005 12:45 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Location: Sykesville, Maryland

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 2:51 am

I'm saving thousands per season, have 1-2 years of coal in my coal shed, and have a comfortable home temperature. Heat my shop too. Only other thing to say is my former oil delivery truck driver burns coal! Tells you something.

User avatar
Posts: 617
Joined: Thu. May. 01, 2008 7:12 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 608 Energy Master I Stoker
Location: Nottingham,Pa

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 6:41 am

Doesn't matter what I think, wife says it's the best idea I've ever had. (and I thought it was marrying her.) :D Warm wife happy life! :)

Posts: 930
Joined: Tue. Jul. 22, 2008 11:52 am
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker Koker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker 160
Location: Near Coal Country, PA

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 9:26 am

No Nat Gas on the street, everybody burns oil. I saved $1500 this year alone and it was a very warm winter. Burned no oil.

Been burning coal 5 years now, koker paid for itself the 3rd year.

I just bought 4 tons at $1000 delivered and my price is now locked in for next year also.

Love Coal!!

User avatar
Posts: 1454
Joined: Sat. Dec. 18, 2010 12:02 pm
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.
Location: Connecticut

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 12:07 pm

My wife loves the coal stove. :D

User avatar
Posts: 1641
Joined: Sat. May. 03, 2008 11:52 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6
Location: Northern Maine

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 12:47 pm

$3,400 in oil or $1,800 for coal. It's a no brainer! :)

User avatar
Posts: 1850
Joined: Wed. May. 20, 2009 8:09 am
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 9:51 pm

.case closed bookem' dano.[/quote]

REALLY are we that old? Hawaii Five-O, I'm 53 but Dano could pick off a guy at 50 or 100 yards with his pea shooter. If we are not careful this forum will have a minimum age requirement like a retirement community :oops: Because all the youngsters are trying to figure it out, what we already know :P I would of killed for this site 30 years ago when I was burning black rocks and everyone else was burning the easy stuff "WOOD" :shock: They have come and gone "wood burners" and now they are back :!: Us older coal burners are like the train that did not set the world on fire but just kept running.

User avatar
Posts: 1798
Joined: Wed. Apr. 19, 2006 10:32 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3
Location: New York

Post Fri. Apr. 06, 2012 11:16 pm

It's a lot of work but worth it. I save a bundle. Love coal heat too.

User avatar
Posts: 8416
Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sat. Apr. 07, 2012 7:27 am

This is my first year burning coal. Its been quite a learning experience! I'm saving $1500 this season without using propane :) Sure there is some work in running a hand fed furnace, but so far I enjoy it. Its nice to keep our main living area between 74 and 78 degrees and not worry about a huge bill showing up in the mail. I was lucky we had an easy winter and was able to get coal as needed on my own. By late summer I'm gonna have 5 tons in the basement so I don't have to worry about that again :)

Now since I have most of the kinks worked out and a decent grip on burning, next season should go much smoother. I'm looking forward to it :)

I'd like to thank everyone here for the invaluable information on this site, its like an encyclopedia for burning coal. And some very cool people too!

User avatar
Posts: 3650
Joined: Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 1:08 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000
Location: Harrison, Tenn

Post Sat. Apr. 07, 2012 10:19 pm

I am bummed that I am moving to a place where I don't need coal. :( But I'll try to look on the bright side and think about the real savings in not having much need for heat at all. :) Just AC costs and then the electric rates are only about 8 cents anyway. :D Beats the hell out of our .17****/KWH up here in ME. :x


Posts: 41
Joined: Fri. Nov. 06, 2009 4:16 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaskan Stoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Stoker II
Location: Central Pa. Hershey

Post Sat. Apr. 07, 2012 11:13 pm

PLUS the one big thing is your keeping your money in the USA not to some sheik or prince who thinks I'm unclean. I buy my coal from Sherman Coal and they buy from independent miners and the money they make they buy Yengling Lager beer and I have a customer that works at the brewery who buys my maple syrup,hay and goat milk so you can say in comes in a complete circle. Buy Pa coal and drink Yungling beer. God Bless the USA.
Gary Owen :clap: :drunk: :dancing: :punk:

Posts: 188
Joined: Fri. Sep. 02, 2011 7:19 pm
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Pioneer
Location: My Place

Post Sun. Apr. 08, 2012 7:30 am

Our 1st year and it was a warm winter. Right Decision? OH YEAH!

User avatar
Posts: 463
Joined: Tue. Jan. 04, 2011 11:43 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite
Location: Norfolk, CT

Post Sun. Apr. 08, 2012 7:54 am

This is my second year burning coal and my first year with a boiler. I would have spent $3600.00 on oil to keep my house at a booming 62* instead I spent $1600.00 oncoal to keep my home at 68* with water so hot you could make tea!!! Yea I'm lovin it! Boiler and install will be paid off in about 3 years, the rest is gravy. The fact that I am keeping my fellow Americans working is another wonderful aspect of coal heat. I tell everyone who will listen,so far one convert!

User avatar
Posts: 6622
Joined: Fri. Apr. 11, 2008 2:54 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Sun. Apr. 08, 2012 8:27 am


in 2008 when oil prices went nuts I told the wife "I am NOT going to pay five grand a year to heat this house!!" When we built this place oil was $.75 a gallon & we spent $825 a year. In 2008 the fear of $4 a gallon was looming and we made the plan. Invest now or pay increasing oil prices forever. On paper the Axeman Anderson installation and 5 years of coal would "pay for itself" in about 4years. After that we heat for half the price of oil. So far, it's working. It sure feels good to have next winters fuel on site.

Post Reply

Return to “Stoker Coal Furnaces & Stoves Using Anthracite (Hot Air)”