Antique Coal Furnace Question

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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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood No. 6 BH, Crawfords No.2 & 3 BH, Hub Heater 115 Circulator, Crawford Wood 19
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Location: Acworth, NH

Post Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 11:21 am

I just picked up a mint 1906 Prizer/Painter furnace boiler catalog. It's full of fantastically cast furnaces and boilers.

The grate designs alone are incredible!

My question is, does anyone still use these units, especially the coal furnaces.

I've posted pictures from the listing.

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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak 40, Stanley Argand No. 30, Glenwood Modern Oak 114, Stanley Argand No. 20 missing parts.
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite. Stove and nut size.
Other Heating: Oil hot water.
Location: Hampton, NH

Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 2:49 am

I don't have one, but I would love to find a original coal boiler from the early 1900's. Would really be the icing on the cake when I'm done restoring my house. When I was ten I saw my parents new landlord break up two American Radiator (along with two clawfoot tubs) boilers with a sledgehammer so he could install nat. gas boilers. The steam heat was never the same. I have the same question as chrisbuick is it even possible to find one complete with grates and all the other associated parts? Any one rebuild them like the antique stoves? Matt

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea
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Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 7:28 am

I rented a house years ago with a similar Sears furnace. It was my first experience with coal. While I'll admit I didn't know what I was doing and had some struggles, when I got it right the beast would cook like nothing I have ever seen. :)
Nothing is impossible for people who don't have to do it themselves.

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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. Apr. 20, 2014 8:27 am

Hot air octopus types still do turn up here in Bit. country.
The old cast iron boilers have long been prized for their value to the scrappers. :(
Sledge hammer is the solution for their easy removal and transporting to get that CASH REWARD.

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Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 9:56 am

I have had them,in the past and did use a hot airsystem(was in my house when I bought it) they take up a lot of room, but they are made to last forever. I have a very large lot of grates and doors ,shaker handles, and the like.I hardly ever use any of it ,just can not scrap it, Its made so well,

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