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Post Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 1:54 pm

So I'm new to coal and burning North Dakota lignite soft coal. I have read vintage ads and recent Craigslist ads suggesting that a Cole's Hot Blast antique stove is good at burning soft coal. I found a nice looking stove and was wondering what questions I need to ask, what things to look for, opinions on asking price, etc. I notice it needs new mica windows, anyone know the cost..?

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Post Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 2:35 pm

Welcome. That's a nice looking one. There'll be folks on here who can tell you about it and it's use. In the meantime, have you tried using the search box ?

I got a chuckle out of the "icing glass windows". How do they keep them from melting ? :D

So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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Post Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 2:37 pm

Actually if he googles the stove he will find a few links to this site, as well as others..

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Post Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 3:34 pm

Click the link. As you can see isinglass is fairly inexpensive.

Good luc on your search. Just make sure that the stove you buy is as complete as possible, finding parts is next to impossible.

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Post Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 3:50 pm

these Coles Hot Blasts seem to be pretty good value... eyes on cast iron parts, bring a good flashlight!
Their is a soft coal baseburner with the fan looking front door (i forget the name of these) but I would also run searches for one of those as well, maybe william or someone can write the name of it.

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Post Sun. Dec. 29, 2013 2:12 pm

I don't know what it's like to burn Lignite, but I burned Iowa coal one winter and holy cow does that stuff belch smoke. I would have to fire the stove quite early in the morning before the sun got up, or I'd have people stop their car out in front of the house to stare at the chimney! Once it got going it wasn't quite so bad of course, but I only used that one winter. It put a big black splotch on the side of the neighbors house as well! Those Cole's stoves will burn the soft coal and lignite, but I would probably find one of those Heatrola stoves for burning lignite. They turn up a lot cheaper than the stoves with a little bit of mica in the door and more than likely, it will be covered with soot anyway. There was a nice Heatrola stove in St. Cloud awhile back for $200 on Craigslist. After you heat that way with a stove that didn't cost you a whole lot, you'll have a much better idea about what you want in a stove as well. I am SO glad I found a source here in Iowa for hard coal. It is so much nicer to use than some of the other fuels I've used in the past. That said though, the better grades of soft coal are nice to use as well. The Iowa coal was something else, large nasty clinkers, much more ash to deal with. Big rocks would turn up and not want to go through the grates. Some of the rocks you catch before they go into the stove, and others you don't. The guys out east are really lucky that they are near such a great source for heat. I knew some people that used lignite in Wyoming to heat with. But they used an old gravity furnace in their basement and kept the mess down there of course. Those gravity furnaces would work really well with that stuff as well. Plus, they have huge ash pits. Well, good luck with the stove hunt.

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Post Sun. Dec. 29, 2013 4:39 pm

Hey there. Welcome! I've been a member for about a week and the people here are VERY helpful!! Been burning coal for 6 days and love it!! While I have very little experience using coal I have been a collector of antique parlor stoves for a tad bit longer. :) One member said bring a flash light. That right there is the best weapon when buying any stove let alone an antique. Check for cracks...I'm talking on your hands and knees up in corners and places you wouldn't think would ever crack. Little tabs where things bolt together trim work handles etc. Also, they may say "I've been using this stove for years. It does not need any restoration work." That may be true but remember...This thing is going to be on fire inside your home so make sure she's safe!! :) If not, factor in what a good restoration would cost and beat them up on the price of the stove. I hope the one in the CL ad works out. She's beautiful!


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