Still Burning..Since October 1st... Thanks to Low Idleing..

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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captcaper
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker
Location: Northern N.H.

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 7:03 am

We have long Winters here for sure..I might be looking at May some time before shut down.. still Ice on some lakes.. and snow around.. days can get warm but nights and those damps April showers bring May flower days are raw ...Stokers are so so much nicer then hand fired they are hard or impossible to idle it down like this Super Mag... for those warmer day's.. but cooler nights.. not to mention temps flux here big time during those days.. 25 deg mornings then up to the 60's etc. Stokers are the best hands down...
Current Stove Harman Super Magnum
Owned before
Harman Mark III Wood Parlor stove Scandia Wood Stove 2 Chubby Coal Stoves Small Pot Belly Cast Iron


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Rob R.
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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. Apr. 23, 2017 7:22 am

I just shut mine down this morning. Out of coal and not worth going to get any more.

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freetown fred
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Posts: 21407
Joined: Thu. Dec. 31, 2009 12:33 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 7:51 am

I don't know about all that C. Been burnin since early Sept. & the way things are goin--maybe shuttin down sometime in May. ;)
captcaper wrote:We have long Winters here for sure..I might be looking at May some time before shut down.. still Ice on some lakes.. and snow around.. days can get warm but nights and those damps April showers bring May flower days are raw ...Stokers are so so much nicer then hand fired they are hard or impossible to idle it down like this Super Mag... for those warmer day's.. but cooler nights.. not to mention temps flux here big time during those days.. 25 deg mornings then up to the 60's etc. Stokers are the best hands down...
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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michaelanthony
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Posts: 3978
Joined: Sat. Nov. 22, 2008 10:42 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace
Location: millinocket,me.
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Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 9:48 am

Still burnin' up here capt. We got 2 snow showers this past week. If the house gets too warm in the day time we just open a few windows, uses no more electricity too :lol:
never yell through a screen...you'll strain your voice.

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Freddy
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Joined: Fri. Apr. 11, 2008 2:54 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 10:25 am

michaelanthony wrote:. If the house gets too warm in the day time we just open a few windows, uses no more electricity too :lol:
That would be called "Actuating the windowstats". :)

I'm still burnin'. Another week or two?
Orrington, Maine
Fred

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".

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Lightning
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Posts: 8283
Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 10:26 am

It's all about the skillz, effort and passion yer willing to put into it. It's a bit of a stunt to idle a hand fed without too much heat output. It can be done quite successfully with the proper coal sizing and/or shake down and loading technique. Blanketing the fire with fines and small sized coal will keep the fuel bed healthy without much heat output thru a warm day. The issue of poor draft due to a cold exterior chimney can be remedied with excessive secondary air which doesn't contribute to combustion with a blanketed fire but instead aids with extra heated air mass to keep the draft moving. Running a healthy low slow fire on my handicapped appliance is similar to training a rhino to do a back flip lol. It's taken a lot of patience with trial and error, and passion for the fire.

Sunny Boy
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Joined: Mon. Nov. 11, 2013 1:40 pm
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace
Location: Central NY

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 10:51 am

Still burnin' and cookin' here. Even through the 70's and low 80 degree days we had a week ago. Idle down nicely to a steady .005 on the warm days, yet the cooktop stayed hot enough over the firebox end to fry with.

Glad, I kept it going too. Still getting cold nights and it keeps the chill out of the whole house. Woke up to 38 yesterday and 30F outside this morning, but the house was nice and warm.

Paul
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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Rob R.
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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 Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 10:55 am

I am just letting the heat pump kick on a few times in the morning. In 40 degree weather the heat pump is the closest I can come to "free heat".


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Lightning
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Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 11:23 am

Sunny Boy wrote:Glad, I kept it going too. Still getting cold nights and it keeps the chill out of the whole house. Woke up to 38 yesterday and 30F outside this morning, but the house was nice and warm.
Amen, to that Paul. I had a quarter inch of ice in the dog water dish this morning. I anticipate a couple more weeks to keep her lit, maybe less, maybe more lol.

lzaharis
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Joined: Sun. Mar. 25, 2007 8:41 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KAA-4-1 dual fuel boiler
Coal Size/Type: rice
Other Heating: kerosene for dual fuel Keystoker
Location: Ithaca, New York

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 12:30 pm

Rather than having the house get damp and cold I have been
idling along just fine and I can live with burning a forty pound
bag everyday and having plenty of hot water.

I have sixteen bags left and I will be able to go to May 1st at
least and if its still cold at night I can always buy more rice coal.

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

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 12:44 pm

I don't know about that skill, passion & effort--I just set my bi-metallic & ignore the old girl for 24 hrs--no muss, no fuss. Yep, 2 80* days called for window-stats--properly regulated of course!!! :lol:
Lightning wrote:It's all about the skillz, effort and passion yer willing to put into it. It's a bit of a stunt to idle a hand fed without too much heat output. It can be done quite successfully with the proper coal sizing and/or shake down and loading technique. Blanketing the fire with fines and small sized coal will keep the fuel bed healthy without much heat output thru a warm day. The issue of poor draft due to a cold exterior chimney can be remedied with excessive secondary air which doesn't contribute to combustion with a blanketed fire but instead aids with extra heated air mass to keep the draft moving. Running a healthy low slow fire on my handicapped appliance is similar to training a rhino to do a back flip lol. It's taken a lot of patience with trial and error, and passion for the fire.
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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captcaper
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker
Location: Northern N.H.

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 4:13 pm

freetown fred wrote:I don't know about that skill, passion & effort--I just set my bi-metallic & ignore the old girl for 24 hrs--no muss, no fuss. Yep, 2 80* days called for window-stats--properly regulated of course!!! :lol:
Lightning wrote:It's all about the skillz, effort and passion yer willing to put into it. It's a bit of a stunt to idle a hand fed without too much heat output. It can be done quite successfully with the proper coal sizing and/or shake down and loading technique. Blanketing the fire with fines and small sized coal will keep the fuel bed healthy without much heat output thru a warm day. The issue of poor draft due to a cold exterior chimney can be remedied with excessive secondary air which doesn't contribute to combustion with a blanketed fire but instead aids with extra heated air mass to keep the draft moving. Running a healthy low slow fire on my handicapped appliance is similar to training a rhino to do a back flip lol. It's taken a lot of patience with trial and error, and passion for the fire.
So true Fred... and I did hand feed with a Chubby and Magnum II ...main source of heat winters... for over 25 yrs... No way they can idle down like my Super Mag.. without going out.. or whatever..
Current Stove Harman Super Magnum
Owned before
Harman Mark III Wood Parlor stove Scandia Wood Stove 2 Chubby Coal Stoves Small Pot Belly Cast Iron

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

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 8:22 pm

Never used either C, but I can put my hand on the top of my HITZER & still bring her back.
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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Lightning
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Joined: Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 9:51 am
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 9:47 pm

I've recently had the Clayton down to 158 over the load door and 126 on the pipe, convection blowers more off than on (snap switch off at 95, on at 105) for 10+ hours which is ridiculous lol. Yet she'll rev up to 75% of full output in under 15 minutes lol. No shlep is gonna pull that trick wit dis beast. :)

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oliver power
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Joined: Sun. Apr. 16, 2006 9:28 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Mon. Apr. 24, 2017 2:55 am

freetown fred wrote:Never used either C, but I can put my hand on the top of my HITZER & still bring her back.
I'll back you on that Fred. 30-95, & 50-93. Both Great Stoves.......


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