Who Is Still Burning?

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono
Location: Nepa. by Moon Lake

Post Wed. Jun. 13, 2012 6:15 pm

This my first year and my wife and I are thinking of keeping our pocono going. Our basement is very dry and she still hangs clothes to dry there. are we wrong or should we shut down? We do have to have to shut down to service YES or NO?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB
Location: Central NH, Concord area

Post Wed. Jun. 13, 2012 8:20 pm

You obviously know that you can really utilize a slooooow burn with the Pocono. You are not making hot water with that unit...or perhaps you are....but having a super dry basement is a wonderful thing in the humid, sticky weather summer brings.
If there is no noticeable or objectionable heat issues, sure, keep her sparked up! ...and yes, you do have to shut it down to clean it out and service the stoker and chamber. Many of us burn year-round and would have it no other way.
If you are worried about the forum members screaming at you not saving any money doing this, then it is a personal issue. I recommend that you do what is comfortable for you and your family......and don't worry about those naysayers. :idea: :roll:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono
Location: Nepa. by Moon Lake

Post Thu. Jun. 14, 2012 5:48 am

Thanks Whistle. I am in the learning process.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Canterbury Ct.

Post Thu. Jun. 14, 2012 10:58 am

Yeah what whislte said, if it works for you then by all means.

I hated using dehumidires in my finished basement, they dryed it out ok but the heat they generated was unreal. I installed a mini-split AC unit last year and that solved that issue, but it wasn't cheap.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum (MK1) w/ PC control
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum
Location: Northeastern PA

Post Sat. Jul. 14, 2012 1:18 am

just make sure you got the chimney draft to keep the CO from escaping into your basement.

(that's my problem once it warms up outside and my stove idles too long)

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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 Sat. Jul. 14, 2012 8:58 am

Still burning here. Going through a bit less than 15.5 lbs. per day (on average) to provide the homes hot water needs. Also keeping the well tank, water softener tanks, and water filtration tank that share the room with our boiler dry. Before the coal boiler was added to the room it was a wetlands certified swamp during the summer months. I guess you could say I drained a swamp without a permit.

And for Smitty, it even had a decent sized frog living in it about 2-3 years ago. I found it in the corner behind the two softener tanks sitting in about 1/4" deep water. Gathered it up and escorted it outside. :)

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite
Location: Norfolk, CT

Post Sat. Jul. 14, 2012 11:28 am

I'm still burning for hot water purposes but it is a challenge. I burn more then I would like to but I prefer it over oil. It does keep my basement dry versus a dehumidifier.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Location: Sykesville, Maryland

Post Sat. Jul. 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Still burning for heating domestic hot water. Adding 100-125 lbs to the hopper each Saturday. Cheaper than using my oil boiler to heat my indirect hot water heater.
Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Stoker Boiler burning Anthracite Pea Coal

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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 Sat. Jul. 14, 2012 1:08 pm

Still burning for domestic hot water. Current consumption is 20-25 lbs per day depending on the load.

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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: K-2
Location: Chardon,Ohio

Post Tue. Jul. 17, 2012 8:14 am

I'm still running my KA-2 and enjoying ALL the hot water and a really nice dry basement! We had thought about a dehumidifier but the KA-2 solved that problem. Also we estimated it would cost about $20 a month just to run it.
Also got 5 tons of rice delivered last week. Made 1 more 1.25 ton coal bin. So now I have 6.25 ton capacity in the basement.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Tue. Jul. 17, 2012 8:19 am

That's cheating Kungur, I think even SMITTY might be enjoying a much more then normal dry basement right now. poor froggy :( :clap: toothy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Godin 3727 / King KCC205
Stove/Furnace Make: King/Godin/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: KCC205/3727/VF3000
Location: Stroudsburg, PA

Post Tue. Jul. 17, 2012 8:53 pm

Also keeping the Harman stoking. Heating domestic hot water. Usage depends upon how much wash is done that week, on average probably about 3/4 of a Homer bucket daily. Keeps the basement dry, no dehumidifier needed. Next year thinking about heating the pool(24 foot round ag).
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