"Nut and Slack" Method for Hand Firing Bit

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Post Sun. Jan. 20, 2013 2:11 pm

After doing some extensive reading of older posts here on the bitty forum, I found something that seems to work great in my DS Machine. I added the Basement #4 door to get secondary air, but it isn't heated secondary air. This being the case, the stove has only limited capability to burn off volatiles.

I was reading a Popular Mechanics article that was referenced in an old post. The "Nut and Slack" method they described seems to work really well, and gives a good use for those fines :idea:

http://books.google.com/books?id=S9YDAAAAMBAJ&lpg ... rea&f=true

It's a little more work than dumping anthracite down the hopper, but I'll do a little extra work for half the price!!! :D This is giving nice, controlled burns and not much smoke.
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Post Sun. Jan. 20, 2013 3:37 pm

Cool stuff LD - funny though at first glance I thought it said "Nut and Sack" :woot:

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Post Sun. Jan. 20, 2013 3:51 pm

Good find. Thanks for posting it.

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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 11:49 am

I aggree the larger the coal the harder it is to control. I burn a mix of coal 5" to chicken egg size. If put too much large coal in it rages and if theres too much small it sits there and smolders.

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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 12:43 pm

Looks like a wood fire to me :gee: JK, glad someone found a way to enjoy that stuff :lol:


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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 1:32 pm

carlherrnstein wrote:I aggree the larger the coal the harder it is to control. I burn a mix of coal 5" to chicken egg size. If put too much large coal in it rages and if theres too much small it sits there and smolders.
I use a mix of coal similar to what you're doing but larger coal does fine too (with my particular stoves and chimneys).

Any coal that is slack/stoker sized goes to the stoker. I wish more members of this forum would try bituminous in a stoker, it works very well.

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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 2:06 pm

rockwood wrote: Any coal that is slack/stoker sized goes to the stoker. I wish more members of this forum would try bituminous in a stoker, it works very well.
I would love to have a stoker fired boiler.... My house has cast iron baseboard and radiators that are currently not being used, and half of my house (side by side duplex) I rent out and that is on an oil fired boiler... As cheap as bit coal is, I could run that off of a stoker boiler too and just include heat in the rent $$

I was under the impression though that all of the bit stoker manufacturers were no longer producing new units.

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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 2:46 pm

Will Burt is still building a quality underfeed bituminous stoker unit, http://www.willburt.com/manufacturing-services/co ... r-stokers/
This unit will need to be paired with a boiler, the most economical might be a used EFM boiler.
Pease feed and coal deals in bituminous stokers and boilers, http://peasefeedandcoal.com/Easy-Clean-Boiler.html not sure if they are currently in production.
Probalby should start a new thread on this subject if you want to continue

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Post Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 3:37 pm

Lightning wrote:Cool stuff LD - funny though at first glance I thought it said "Nut and Sack" :woot:
I probably would have seen it like that the first time, too, LOL :whistle:

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Post Tue. Jan. 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Short Bus wrote:Will Burt is still building a quality underfeed bituminous stoker unit, http://www.willburt.com/manufacturing-services/co ... r-stokers/
I emailed Will-Burt. It appears they have discontinued manfacturing stokers. I attached my email conversation :
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Post Tue. Jan. 22, 2013 4:15 pm

Im not really surprised with the current idiot in office I predict bit coal will not be availble in the near future.

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Post Tue. Jan. 22, 2013 10:10 pm

ouch!

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Post Wed. Jan. 23, 2013 8:32 pm

BS
yes he's a clueless idiot,
but coal isn't going anywhere.

Electric prices will soar (more then they have) Out here Somerset Pa it would shut down everything. I mean everything theres nothing left. 11 miles of bethlehem steal long gone. Lockheed martin slow, layoffs and it's the red head step child of the Co. No real good highways in or out. Turnpike exits are somerset and bedford no johnstown exit, no good north south route.

They kill coal even Walmart will leave.

Shale gas/fracken ha what joke. We build fracken tanks all but dead.

He or they kill coal look out.

Read the history of this area and others im sure. They fought everyone.

I have no affiliating directly with coal. But coal is this area.

jmho

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Post Tue. Feb. 05, 2013 7:39 pm

My whole county is mostly coal. Jobs are being lost and mines closing. Our imperial president, King Obama and his regime are well loved here. ;)

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