Stove Location in Old House

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck
Location: Connecticut

Post Fri. Nov. 24, 2006 5:21 pm

Thanks for the info guys.

Greg, I tried to heat from the kitchen once with a wood stove and I did practically cook myself. I think maybe a small one in the kitchen and a larger one in the basement. My dealer is coming tomorrow to check the scene out and give advice.

Sweet house WNY!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Location: Sykesville, Maryland

Post Fri. Nov. 24, 2006 5:54 pm

What is really needed is a central heating appliance, i.e. boiler or central furnace. To heat a house with a large room stove is not the solution no matter where the stove is located. To many modifications to the house, cutting opening between rooms and/or floors. All of which ruin a historic house and create a serious fire hazard. Any fire has an eazy path room to room, floor to floor. Don't do it. Install a modern coal fired boiler, ideally stoker fired, in the basement. Pipe hot water to each floor, with thermostat controlled zones. Sure it costs a lot more but the safety, comfort and minimum changes to a historic house are worth it. With effort the room convectors could even be hidden it the existing firepalces. Combine the existing oil boiler with a coal boiler and you operate what's most cost effective by heating season. Use oil in the mild fall and late spring. Coal in the continuous cold winter months. It's all "system engineering". Designing a system with each part appropriate. Don't let a salesman of stoves do your system design. You will be unhappy. Search the forum on my name for examples of my central heating coal boiler system.


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Post Sat. Nov. 25, 2006 9:04 am

Leisure Line will give you the best service that I've seen. Jerry is quick to respond with advice and info any time you need it. This year I upgraded the heating in two houses, one is my own, the other belongs to my mother. I was down to Keystoker and Leisure line for choices. I bought Keystoker A120 forced air for mine, and a Pioneer LE for my mother. It took me about a day to setup the Pioneer with a few days to tweek the settings on the coal-trol. I'm still working on the Keystoker. I'm not real happy with the Keystoker at this point and wrote them a email telling them so. The quality just isn't there. I have yet to even get a reply after about two months. I may like it more when its in operation. I wish at this point I had bought the Pocono. The reason that I didn't was concern about the smaller blowers. A furnace (air or hydronic) or a floor model with a top air duct, will heat more rooms evenly. A floor model will do the job, but as you already know, the room that it is in will be the warmest. To most people this is not a problem, because it is the trade off for the savings. Burning coal requires work. Not alot, but its not as easy as turning up the thermostat with oil or electric. Its worth it. Besides saving money, all the stoves mentioned and the coal is mined in the USA here in PA.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Post Sat. Nov. 25, 2006 3:09 pm

Some links to boilers and furnaces.

How about replacing your current steam boiler with a coal fired stoker unit?? with an oil burner backup?
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**Broken Link(s) Removed**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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