How Much Coal Do You Burn in a 24 Hr Period

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blue83camaro
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Post Mon. Jan. 16, 2006 11:38 pm

I am just curious how much coal people burn in a day. I use about 20# when it is 55 out up to 90# when it is in the single digits. I have a 1500 sq foot house that has single pane windows and poor insulation. I keep my house about 68 degrees.


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Post Tue. Jan. 17, 2006 1:23 am

blue83camaro wrote:I am just curious how much coal people burn in a day.
I use about 40# on a warm 50 degree day and approx 70# on a single-digit day. My house is 4000 sq. ft - two story. The coal is the only source of heat with the exception of one remote bedroom.

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Post Tue. Jan. 17, 2006 6:30 am

Ditto here from what Oil Region uses. When I shake once a day when its warm out, about 40 lbs. When its 25 or below or windy, I shake twice a day and use about 80 lbs.

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Post Tue. Jan. 17, 2006 5:48 pm

I use about three five gallon buckets a day when it is below 25 degrees. About two buckets when the temps are in the 30's. I would guess a 5 gallon bucket of rice coal is about 30-35 lbs.?

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Post Tue. Jan. 17, 2006 7:32 pm

5 gallon bucket of rice coal weighs just over 41 lbs. I know this cause I use to get my coal using 5 gallon buckets
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Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2006 5:29 am

11-12 ton year. Big house...That's year round too.
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Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2006 9:11 pm

I have a Harman Mark I in a poorly insulated 1800 s.f. house. I go thru a 50# bag in 24hrs. When it's warmer out, I use a little less, but not too much less. I keep the damper about 3/4 turns out.

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Post Wed. Jan. 18, 2006 9:14 pm

harnman magnum stoker 5 to 8lbs a day when the temps are mild below 20
60 to 80 lbs


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Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2006 8:29 am

SOunds about the same, 5-15#/day when warm above 30-45 degrees. When 20 or below it can use up to 25-45# in approx. 12 hours.
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Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2006 9:30 am

You guys with stokers are blessed. You can back off/trim down your stoves thereby reducing your coal consumption. With a regular stove trimmed back, I still go thru about 40 lbs a day. That gives me an additional push to look for a stoker stove for next year. I am looking at Keystoker. Is that a good choice? With all the problems that John has had with his Harmon, are there any Keystoker users out there with any issues?

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Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2006 9:53 am

Well I have a Harman magnum ..this is second year with it...it is a quality stove....built like a tank..and works great...I just think their burn control can be tweaked a little better....working on that now...all in all it is a fine unit...

I also have a Alaska Stoker...which is a fine unit also..it is very close to the Keystoker...very close..they look alike so close....it a variable burn system on it..very easy to set burn rate..with a knob...plus Alaska offers more models...I have a Kast Console....and it heats....and very conservative on coal use....

but all in all both stoves are great....best investment made....I heat solely with coal..no other ...and I use 5 tons max for winter...for 1800 SF.

The Alaska is used when we get very cold weather....I fire that up to take the heavy load off the harman...

Good Luck

Al

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Post Thu. Jan. 19, 2006 10:06 am

Thanks Al. My intention is to put the stoker in the basement and get a duct ran to my furnace and heat the house that way and if it get real cold, I'll fire up the Hitzer on the main floor of my 1800 SF Cape Cod to help the stoker along when it gets real cold. Alaska stoves are also appealing...been looking at those as well. My dealer that I got my Hitzer from also deals with Keystoker so thats why I have looked at Keystoker first.

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Post Sat. Jan. 21, 2006 7:29 pm

We burn 50 to 70lbs per day heating 2600sq feet to 74 degrees

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Post Sun. Jan. 29, 2006 12:49 pm

We burn 60-80 lbs per day, 2500 sf plus all domesstic hot water

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Post Sat. Feb. 04, 2006 7:15 am

I burn about 2 coal buckets full a day in a Keystoker HFH.


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