New Pocono Owner in Maine

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 Furnace: Pocono BV 90,000 BTU
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Post Sat. Jun. 28, 2008 11:09 pm

I recently ordered a new Pocono and expect it to be in the basement in about 6 weeks. I ordered the domestic coil, barometric damper, and extra ash pan. Any comments or pointers for a newbie just getting into coal burning? I plan to heat my domestic water with it as well. I'll be looking for piping schematics for this as well.

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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 4:15 am

As far as piping the DHW you can utilize your current hot water heater and use a themal siphon loop which is my preferred method. Theres a diagram and the basics here: https://coalpail.com/coal-heating-encyclopedia/do ... water-coil
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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 10:12 am

I don't have an exisitng electric hot water tank so I will be in the market for one. I don't plan to use it at this point with electricity so it will serve mostly as a storage tank. We are a family of 4 with 3 women in the house(teenagers) so I think I will get a 40 gallon tank and start from there.


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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 10:22 am

Ahhh the ladies will love that, if you hook it up like that diagram its practically endless hot water. :D

The electric won't come out to much if you hook that up because it will rarely come on. You'd either have to have poor circulation between the tank and the coil or use a lot of hot water. The other benefit is if you shut the furnace down for maintenance or whatever you still have hot water.
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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 10:29 am

2 Teenagers = 80 gallon tank. Recovery time is not quick with a coil so if you want the electric to stay off you need storage.
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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 10:36 am

Hmmm..............so with the electric on will the 40 gallon tank suffice?


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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 2:12 pm

Just installed one 4 weeks ago, with 4 people (3 wemen) in the house we have not ran out of hot water yet. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_04232154 ... er+Heaters ;)

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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 2:53 pm

how big is the tank?

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Post Sun. Jun. 29, 2008 8:32 pm

55 gallon

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