First Burn!! DVC-500

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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ablumny
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Holtsville, NY....Long Island

Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 9:50 am

It's been a fun summer preparing for this day :) Thank to all who helped along the way. Great forums!!

Pictures and video's along the way:

I used a coal mouse, fired right up and within 20 minutes or so, heat was pouring out of this thing!! Very pleased.

Andrew
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Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 9:59 am

Nice photo/video display! Looks like you've already found a new hobby.........& the cold weather hasn't even hit yet!!! :lol:

Oh yeah......You're hooked! :devil:
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Winston Churchill
Shaking & Poking The TLC2000 Video

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Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 10:37 am

Congrats on you successful burn! Your gonna love this stove, I have burned twice now for cold nights. It has only idled so far but it has been fine.
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Thanks,
George

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Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 1:29 pm

Great job with the pics and video's Andrew.
Adam

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ablumny
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Holtsville, NY....Long Island

Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 10:02 pm

Thanks all. Next Ill be looking to expand into ways to maximize my investment. Coil for DHW, "jack" into my baseboards.......

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Post Mon. Sep. 22, 2008 11:39 pm

Great pics and vids. Got me stoked up! :dancing:

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Post Tue. Sep. 23, 2008 1:44 am

This stove is a stoker stove,, moving it to the stoker forum.

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice
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Post Tue. Sep. 23, 2008 7:28 am

This stove is a stoker stove,, moving it to the stoker forum.
Greg L
....aren't we in the stoker forum now?


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Post Tue. Sep. 23, 2008 10:38 am

The topic was in the hand fired forum originally,, I moved it to the Stoker forum for better exposure to the 'stoker crowd'..

Greg L.
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Holtsville, NY....Long Island

Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 8:19 am

I'm on my 5th test burn.
Looks like Ive got things well dialed in and under control as far as feed rate, temps, etc.
Coal bin and delivery system fine tuned and usable
Tools in place
Wife trained to manage the process
Kids stopped whining about the idea of coal :lol:

The heat output is amazing and the natural distribution throughout my two story center hall colonial is way better than I expected. I can see a need for a ceiling fan in the area where the stove is as that room gets to be a cooker but other than that I am ready for winter on Long Island.

Want to say thanks again to all forum members for the advice I've received.


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Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 8:29 am

ablumny wrote:I can see a need for a ceiling fan in the area where the stove is as that room gets to be a cooker but other than that I am ready for winter on Long Island.
You'll be constantly finding new ways to "Fine Tune" your home to distribute the heat evenly.......That's part of the fun! :lol:

My latest project: New Distribution Vent
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Winston Churchill
Shaking & Poking The TLC2000 Video

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
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Location: Holtsville, NY....Long Island

Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 8:52 am

You'll be constantly finding new ways to "Fine Tune" your home to distribute the heat evenly.......That's part of the fun!
I went though your post. Very "cool". Over the summer I was thinking about floor registers and how to distribute the heat to the upstairs. Decided to wait, see how the first year goes, ping the crowd here then make decisions for next year. I am hot on the idea of a water coil though for hot water.!

thx

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Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 8:57 am

Yes, hot water coils are a great way to offset even more of our heating needs.. over the whole year, most households use 30% of their heating budget to heat hot water.. that's for the whole year.. so during the winter, it probably is roughly 15-20% of the heating costs.. depending on the household's number hot hot water users..

Stay warm..

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 8:16 pm

FYI,

Last I knew Harman does not have a hot water coil option for the DVC-500. That's not to say you can't come up with something, but the fire box is pretty small.

My parents are going on ~9 years with their DVC-500 and they get 100% of their heat from it. Their house is ~200 year old center hall colonial. The heat distributes very nicely throughout the house.

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Post Sat. Oct. 18, 2008 9:36 pm

Hi,

I'm a little curious. I have an Alaska stove with a Coaltrol which does an amazing job of keeping the room at a constant temp. How well does the built in thermostat of the DVC-500 work? Can it keep the temp in the room with in 1-2 degrees?
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