New Day Another Question: Topic, BAG COAL

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.
User avatar
skobydog
Member
Posts: 238
Joined: Mon. Jun. 10, 2013 9:53 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite
Location: Greenfield MA

Post Fri. Mar. 07, 2014 9:07 pm

StokerDon wrote:There is one nice thing about bagged coal, you don't have to shovel it!

-Don
I'm cheap, I don't mind shoveling for the price difference. :D
Hitzer 50-93
Open Floor Plan
Stove is located on the first floor/living room
Heating appr 2,200 sq ft
House built 1976
Moderate Insulation

Paulie
Member
Posts: 834
Joined: Tue. Apr. 08, 2008 8:44 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer
Location: MA, South Shore

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 11:29 am

The coal is the same, bagged is easier to take delivery and store, pallets are neater and can move, where as the bulk pile...will move SLOWLY. Bags get wet when the water trickles through the pallet. I have never seen dry bagged coal. But then I have never seen dust when loading the stove either. If you have the space, bulk is the way to go price wise.

rberq
Member
Posts: 5014
Joined: Mon. Apr. 16, 2007 9:34 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators (fuel oil); propane
Location: Central Maine

Post Sat. Mar. 08, 2014 12:57 pm

Paulie wrote:I have never seen dry bagged coal. But then I have never seen dust when loading the stove either.
I am now burning a pallet of very dry bagged Blaschak, dry because it was unwrapped a year ago. I much prefer it damp to keep the dust down.
Simple answers for simple minds.


User avatar
McGiever
Member
Posts: 6000
Joined: Sun. May. 02, 2010 11:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:21 am

Paulie wrote:The coal is the same, bagged is easier to take delivery and store, pallets are neater and can move, where as the bulk pile...will move SLOWLY. Bags get wet when the water trickles through the pallet. I have never seen dry bagged coal. But then I have never seen dust when loading the stove either. If you have the space, bulk is the way to go price wise.
It is possible to move bulk the same as to move bagged.

I use 275 gallon IBC's and a pallet jack...others do it w/ super sacks...moves the same or better than bagged.
No piles to move or shovels...the AA boiler's auger then loads the coal as the aquastat requires.:)

Still scheming a way to move and dump ashes, though. ;)
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

User avatar
Rob R.
Site Moderator
Posts: 11348
Joined: Fri. Dec. 28, 2007 4:26 pm
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 Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:36 am

How do you get the coal out of the IBC?

User avatar
McGiever
Member
Posts: 6000
Joined: Sun. May. 02, 2010 11:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:42 am

Rob R. wrote:How do you get the coal out of the IBC?
Each IBC has a "dog House" built in w/ a slide gate for open and close...AA's auger then fits into the "dog house" and a 2 piece split plastic seal is added to hold back the coal before slide gate gets opened.
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE


User avatar
titleist1
Member
Posts: 4404
Joined: Wed. Nov. 14, 2007 4:06 pm
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 Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:50 am

Mr McGeiver, sir, that right there requires a picture!!

:up:
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!!

User avatar
McGiever
Member
Posts: 6000
Joined: Sun. May. 02, 2010 11:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 8:53 am

Here's the pics posted before in another thread:

Coal Bin Designs

Matter of fact...I am switching the currently empty one now for my last full one for the season today. :D
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

User avatar
titleist1
Member
Posts: 4404
Joined: Wed. Nov. 14, 2007 4:06 pm
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 Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 9:02 am

Nice!! Is there a lot of effort getting the coal to the auger when the level gets low or does it flow that direction?

I like WannaBee's process in a later post of loading his tote into his F350 and driving to the breaker to get it filled! Although I think he got lost on the way home because he said he would post a pic when he got home and that was last July and there is still no pic. :)
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!!

User avatar
McGiever
Member
Posts: 6000
Joined: Sun. May. 02, 2010 11:26 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Mar. 09, 2014 10:24 am

titleist1 wrote:Nice!! Is there a lot of effort getting the coal to the auger when the level gets low or does it flow that direction?
Actually I am looking to refine/ build the "dog house" into a semi-fixed base instead of having it in the IBC and then just land the filled IBC on that base to dispense most of the coal and then when the coal level gets low enough and light enough, I'll then mechanically raise the rear of the IBC to allow all the remaining coal to gravity towards the auger. :)

I use just a pallet-jack, a loader would be needed to unload a 1 ton IBC of coal from a truck bed elevation. ;)
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Post Reply

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