Coal in a DAKA 521?

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Post by SDLars » Thu. Aug. 19, 2021 1:53 pm

First of all, is DAKA still in business? I have a 521 (about 10 years old) that I would like to burn coal in to heat my shop. I have a local source for bulk bituminous. I know coal grates used to be available but I'm having no luck finding them now.
The last time I was around a coal burner was many years ago when it was my job to keep the coal bucket full for our combination wood/coal propane cook stove so my experience is definitely dated.
Do I need the grate modifications? What issues would I have without a grate shaker?
I'm getting too old to cut all the wood this hungry furnace will go through.
Thanks in advance for your help!

 
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Post by warminmn » Thu. Aug. 19, 2021 2:57 pm

South Dakota? Lignite coal? Your going to want a shaker grate as lots of fluffy ash. Im not familiar with your stove though.

 
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Post by SDLars » Thu. Aug. 19, 2021 9:53 pm

So what is the difference between bituminous, sub-bituminous and lignite? It's Wyoming coal and I know it's not as good as anthracite. Our school still uses it as their main heat source and I haven't noticed any complaints from the community. I remember Dad less than happy when he couldn't get the "hard coal ". Just tired of cutting wood. Other than the school, I don't know of anyone burning coal but it seems like a good alternative. Thanks to the previous poster I see I can get the proper grates. What is going to happen if I try a few pounds in my stove before I get the proper grates?


 
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Post by coaledsweat » Thu. Aug. 19, 2021 10:21 pm

Bituminous is a different animal than anthracite, so I'm moving this thread to tbe Bituminous Forum. You should get a better response there by the resident experts in the field.🙂

 
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Post by SDLars » Fri. Aug. 20, 2021 8:04 pm

Ok. Thanks!

 
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Post by warminmn » Fri. Aug. 20, 2021 8:19 pm

Just in case you have not seen this post I am adding a link to it. in a different post they said they started burning un-oiled coal (maybe from the same mine as you) and it was working out good. Post by longears9 - Bituminous Coal use here in Montana

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