Burning Bit or Sub-Bit in an "Anthracite Stove"

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Post by WyoCoalMiner » Tue. Jan. 10, 2023 9:57 pm

Hello all - curious how many of you folks burn bituminous or sub-bituminous coal in a hand fired stove designed to burn anthracite?

For example, DS Stoves says their stoves are designed to burn anthracite. Hitzer stoves are focused on anthracite but have separate instructions for burning bituminous coal (don't use the hopper).

I'd be burning Wyoming sub-bituminous coal. Most of the people I know that burn WY coal either burn stoker coal in an old auger fed Prill or Stokermatic furnace, or burn lump coal in a wood stove. I'm just exploring options.

Thanks!

 
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Post by davidmcbeth3 » Tue. Jan. 10, 2023 10:50 pm

I'd like to

 
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Post by fig » Wed. Jan. 11, 2023 10:24 am

There’s a guy on here that made his own sub bit stoker. Looked like it worked pretty good. I’ve been collecting material to make one someday. I get a more volatile bit here so it may not work but I’d like to find out anyway.

On another note I’ve seen a couple of nice looking stokermatics for sale on fb. One in Ohio and the other in Kentucky. Kind of far.


 
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Post by warminmn » Wed. Jan. 11, 2023 11:06 am

My guesses on hand fired stoves would be he Hitzer 55, 82, Riteway 37, Warm Morning brand stoves, but the DS might be ok too. Ive never seen a DS in use, just sitting empty. im sure there are others. Any old wood or coal stove with a grate and a way to burn over fire gasses might work. DS and another I cant remember make a clone of the Riteway/Hitzer 82 that would probably be ok too. Riteway 37 is probably your cheapest starting point on used stoves. Probably a hundred or 200 bucks. You wont feel bad about having to drill more holes for over fire air then either. Or adding a spinner to the door like Hitzer did.

If you do it, start with small loads to get used to the process. At the price you can get it at its cheap heat if you can figure it out. Get large chunks to burn.

 
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Post by WyoCoalMiner » Thu. Jan. 12, 2023 12:08 am

Thanks for the feedback and video. I can get the coal for free (lump or stoker sized). Looking forward to trying out a stove in my shop.

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