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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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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Sat. Sep. 28, 2013 8:25 am

I have state farm now and the coal stove was no issue at all for them.

They were fine with it as long as there was also a 'conventional' heating appliance there too. We have a propane furnace that rarely gets used but they call that 'primary' and the coal 'supplemental'.
I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
The EPA just loves me!!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson Anthratube 130-M
Location: North Norwich, NY

Post Sat. Sep. 28, 2013 8:41 am

Code enforcement officers have egos? Gee, who woulda thunk it?

Question: Tell me, What's more fun than a code guy who thinks he knows everything?

Answer: Two code guys who think they know everything in your front lawn having a shouting match over the proper wall clearances of your work-in-process chimney -- that's what!

I didn't witness it but the masons did. The mason was a 40 year veteran in the trade. He said he's been building chimneys with 1" clearance from clapboards of any composition for twenty five years without incident. Prior to that they butted chimneys flush with the house. The argument was whether or not vinyl is a combustible. Apparently now they want 2" clearance from combustibles. Soon we will all have to have separate heating plants!
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Post Sat. Sep. 28, 2013 8:47 am

My insurance company had no problem with anthracite coal as a fuel so long as the boiler was ASME and installed to mfr specs and code. No insurance company should have ANY problem with anthracite. I think it is far safer to burn in a modern ASME coal boiler than gas or oil. I just don't like the idea of liquids or gases leaking. My coal isn't going anywhere I don't want it to go. It also won't catch fire easily.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Anthra Rice
Other Heating: 3 Fireplaces
Location: Lanc Co PA
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Post Sat. Sep. 28, 2013 9:17 am

When I told my insurance company that I already installed a coal boiler 6 months ago or so, ( I did ask town before install, and they were ok if it did not share chimney)
he said it is all ok if primary heating source.

He said the only time it matters is when it is a supplement heating...such as wood or coal or gas that is installed after the fact.

Really would love a hand fired in our foyer or family room, but I do not want to know the insurance increase, so we will
have to live with the traditional fireplaces for fun.
Already paying insane for insurance rates, and they just went up 14% from last year, on top of the 10-12% from the first year.
If it goes up next year for a third time, I will be switching...should switch now anyway.

As long as your insurance company is aware, that is really all that matters.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer
Location: Montrose PA
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Post Wed. Oct. 02, 2013 8:20 am

Be careful they may approve it and only allow you to have 7 pieces of coal in the hopper at a time.

Seriously you received some good advice. My best suggestion is be polite and make the inspector feel important, If you start off telling him that you know more than him ( even though you probably do) it will get ugly. If you get in touch with him try to find out what his concerns are in writing and try to address them in writing.
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You know when people say it was "better back in my day"?

They were right.

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Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
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Post Wed. Oct. 02, 2013 8:58 am

Good Lord, have you been working on your social skills? :clap: toothy
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Wed. Oct. 02, 2013 10:16 am

He forgot to include tripling your normal dosage of prozac before meeting with the inspector :wacko:
I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
The EPA just loves me!!

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Post Wed. Oct. 02, 2013 10:16 pm

freetown fred wrote:Good Lord, have you been working on your social skills? :clap: toothy
I read it in a book somewhere. :)
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You know when people say it was "better back in my day"?

They were right.

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