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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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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 2:10 pm

I currently have oil heat and want to convert to coal...I have an oil fired boiler unit in my house now and the question is......does anyone make a unit that is both a hot air furnace and a boiler?


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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 2:30 pm

fstalfire wrote:I currently have oil heat and want to convert to coal...I have an oil fired boiler unit in my house now and the question is......does anyone make a unit that is both a hot air furnace and a boiler?
The "anyone" is you! Add a heat exchanger to a furnace plenum and your boiler magically becomes a forced air furnace.
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 2:33 pm

Never heard of a combo furnace/boiler.

A boiler will either heat a water tank, or heat baffles which then radiate the heat into the air.

What some guys here do is install a coal boiler then get a water to air heat exchanger (like a car radiator) and install that in a furnace plenum. The furnace blower then blows through the heat exchanger taking the now warm air through the house. The heat exchanger is run as its own separate zone off the boiler.

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 2:34 pm

No, there is not a single unit that has a hot air heat exchanger and a pressure vessel as well. But as Larry said, you can use a water-to-air heat exchanger with a boiler to heat air.

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 2:41 pm

fstalfire wrote:I have an oil fired boiler unit in my house now and the question is......does anyone make a unit that is both a hot air furnace and a boiler?
If you have an oil fired boiler, why would you want to have a hot air furnace?

You just need a coal stoker boiler to heat the water in your current oil fired boiler. The oil boiler is already plumbed in so your house will not know the differance, but your wallet will be happier!

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 6:31 pm

StokerDon wrote:
fstalfire wrote:I have an oil fired boiler unit in my house now and the question is......does anyone make a unit that is both a hot air furnace and a boiler?
If you have an oil fired boiler, why would you want to have a hot air furnace?

You just need a coal stoker boiler to heat the water in your current oil fired boiler. The oil boiler is already plumbed in so your house will not know the differance, but your wallet will be happier!

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Don...Thanks for the reply....I wanted the hot air in addition to the heated water in the baseboards to make our living room more comfortable..you said I could hook a new coal boiler to my existing oil boiler? I was going to remove the oil unit all together and plumb in the new coal one and also run 2 ducts to my living space to help make it comfortable, we have an old farmhouse that can be drafty when the wind blows and with just the baseboard heat it still can be chilly hence adding hot air to the baseboards

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 7:44 pm

You can add a water to air heat exchanger ,BUT, an old ,drafty farmhouse would benefit greatly (comfort wise ) by adding several cast iron radiators in strategic locations. That would raise the comfort level far more than blowing hot air around mixing it into the cold air blowing thru . :)
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 7:47 pm

If I were you I would just block off the baseboard heat
under the windows. as that is where a lot of your heat is going.

I absolutely despise my baseboard heat and I will have
standard radiators in the next house with a
coal fired steam rated stoker.

The use of base board perimeter heating in my "opinion"
having been stuck with it for 36 years is nothing more
than a money vacuum(insert finger in throat here) where separate
temperature regulated conventional radiators would
certainly be a better way to heat for me and many other folks.


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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 7:48 pm

How about replacing under sized fin tube in the cold room with High output fin tube with no need for hot air?

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 8:00 pm

Wow, some great responses...thanks to all who took the time. So seems as though cast iron radiators are popular. I've no experience with them, what makes them better then base board....just shear mass radiating more heat?

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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 8:21 pm

If your boiler is in the basement,and you have access to the floors underneath your living room, I would staple up radiant heat. In theory it sounds good. To get rid of drafts, I would be replacing windows or using a heck of a lot of caulking.
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 9:55 pm

Cast iron radiators hold heat longer,slowly radiating that heat keeping the heat more even,less of the cool down,heat up feel .
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 10:15 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Cast iron radiators hold heat longer,slowly radiating that heat keeping the heat more even,less of the cool down,heat up feel .
Love my radiators. My wife thinks they are old fashioned and ugly, but that is one of the few battles she will NEVER win. They take about 12 feet of wall space, but half of that is useless for any other purpose due to room layout. A heating contractor estimated we would have to cover every lineal foot of wall to get the equivalent heat from hot water baseboard, and then it would be touch and go.
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 11:03 pm

lzaharis wrote:If I were you I would just block off the baseboard heat
under the windows. as that is where a lot of your heat is going.
Setting aside drafts and convection heat moves to cold, that's a law of physics, it's never the other way around. For example if you hold an ice cube in your hand it doesn't get cold because the ice itself is making it cold. It gets cold because the heat in your hand is being conducted into the ice... melting it. You're losing heat.

It's the same thing with your window, assuming its sealed the cold from a window is not coming into the house. As the warm air comes up against it the heat is conducted through the window and radiated to the outside and now it's cold air. Because hot air rises other hot air in the room is going to push that down so now you have column of cold air coming off the window. This is going to happen with or without a radiator under the window.

By placing a radiator under the window you can counteract this column of cold air preventing cold spots in the room. As the column of cold air coming off the window meets the column of warm air from the radiator it merges and is pushed out into the room. That's why you put a radiator under the window. Without the radiator under the window the cold will continue down the wall and spread out over the floor producing a cold spot by the window.
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Post Sat. Mar. 01, 2014 11:10 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Cast iron radiators hold heat longer,slowly radiating that heat keeping the heat more even,less of the cool down,heat up feel .
We have these huge baseboard radiators, they are nice but really slow to bring up the temperatures compared to copper and aluminum finned.
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