Stoker Coal

Hand fed coal boilers and furnaces using bituminous coal to heat your home or business. Hand fed stoves as the name implies require manual feeding and air adjustments.
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casino_boy
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Htzer 82 FA
Coal Size/Type: Lump Bit
Location: South Dakota

Post Thu. Sep. 10, 2009 10:14 pm

Can I use stoker coal in my Hitzer 82 furnace?
I can get supply close to me.
Or would I be better off finding stove coal or lump better.
I live in south dakta don't know were supply might be.
Any suggestions?

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Berlin
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal
Location: Buffalo/Adirondacks, NY

Post Thu. Sep. 10, 2009 10:32 pm

I would assume that you would be burning lignite out there, and, in that case, a larger size such as lump would store, handel, and burn better. should you be burning other coals, well, they vary too much to make a good prediction w/ out knowing exactly what bituminous/subbituminous coal you would be burning, in general, the smaller sizes will progress through the volitle stage quicker while the larger sizes will keep gassing as the carbon burns thus giving you a much more even heat. however, you can have much more ash w/ the larger sizes- the shale and debris tends to get sorted out of the smaller sizes. if you are burning lignite (which I reccomend btw) burn a lump size. it will burn like a very high BTU firewood w/ out the creosote - it's very easy to manage.
Burning western Pennsylvania Bituminous in WNY using model 77 stoker furnace. BITUMINOUS equiptment: 2 hand fired stoves of my own design, Many Combustioneer Model 77 stokers, stokermatic furnace, Many Will-Burt stokers, & and Two Iron firemen.


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casino_boy
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Htzer 82 FA
Coal Size/Type: Lump Bit
Location: South Dakota

Post Thu. Sep. 10, 2009 10:44 pm

The stoker coal would be coming from Monta.
The Hudderights use it in there barns and I could get some from them.
Dont know if this helps you in defining my coal.
Would the lump still be better and thanks for the reply.

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Robby
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman & Elmira
Stove/Furnace Model: SF360, TLC2000, PC45

Post Mon. Sep. 14, 2009 7:53 pm

I have a Harman SF360 boiler, burning sub-bituminous coal. After some trial and two winters I now use and prefer stoker size coal. Much easier to handle, burns evenly, each load is about the same. Tried lump(large lumps), tried 3" size, stoker best. I buy from two different mines, the stoker size is slightly different. One is from 1"to3" with few fines, the other has much more fines. One is 8500BTU per pound the other 7000BTU per pound. I know one has more heat, but they burn about the same. I load one end full, wait at least 1 hour, if first is burning evenly (mostly) I then fill other half. No booms that way. As long as there is flame the volitiles are burn off. Sounds easy, but took me awhile to get it. You will have to do some trial and error on your stove. Good Luck

PS: If your getting the coal from Montana, it is most likely the same as I use. I am straight North.

Robby

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