Godin Belle Epoque, Same as a Petit Godin and Voila, Pea Coa

Very popular in the 70's and 80's there is many brands of smaller hand fired coal stoves from many European countries. These can also date back to the turn of the last century. Imported stoves would include such brands as Franco Belge, Saey and Efel among many others.
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vmi1983
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Godin Large Round/ La Belle Epoque
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite
Location: Wadhams, NY

Post Wed. Mar. 19, 2014 8:46 pm

Ok, been a while since I posted. 'Took some time to get to know the Belle whatever, stove.

Stove Coal: Old manual says Stove sized coal is ok. Well bought a Ton, and unless you burn it wide open, you got problems. Either way need to clean out
chamber by lowering the Fire Gate, result is a mess.

Nut Coal: Better but , still you must lower the Fire Gate to Clean out and remove ash. Huge mess but tolerable in far back, non lived in room.

Pea Coal: Thought I had the answer with nut. No way, grate jams up every other cleaning. A real pain in the butt. My good friend Erik said Pea size will work, really thought he was talkin' crazy. Wouldn't the small Pea get jammed in the grate, as the 'experts' suggest? No way, the pea burns to a fine ash and shakes down perfectly. Even unburnt pea is crushed. 'Have not opened fire door in over five days. Pea Compacts nicely giving the small chamber more BTUs. It burns all day, and easy to shake down. No more mess. try it.

Now alot guys on NEPA burn coal in TEMPERATE regions. Sorry, but 350-400 F stove temps will never cut it up here. But one cannot overfire a small stove. I get this. With Pea the stove is operating at peak efficiency.

Based on fire pot-to-coal size- ratio, my large round Godin hates stove size coal, but nut works just fine, like Pea in the smaller Godin.

I am still observing, not anywhere near expert, but at least, after this ongoing Winter, I am adopting, trying to get it right. BTW, all you folk who use the Petit Godin, try a bag or five of Pea, see what you think.

Thanks,

Matt
'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

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Coal Size/Type: nut and pea
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Post Thu. Mar. 20, 2014 10:48 am

Interesting. the pea size probably does not bridge as much allowing the ash to fall to the shaker. There is still the area not covered by the grate though.


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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Godin Large Round/ La Belle Epoque
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite
Location: Wadhams, NY

Post Thu. Mar. 20, 2014 11:06 am

I've seen a so far two bits on unburnt pea near the fire grate, but shake down the charge timely and all is fine ash in the pan below, no mess, no brain-damage. I just order some extra pea... BTW, I am certain I'll be burning coal through April.
'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Godin Large Round/ La Belle Epoque
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite
Location: Wadhams, NY

Post Thu. Mar. 27, 2014 11:04 pm

Ok Petite, Godin users, no doubt in my mind, with pea coal, this room heater is by far the easiest, cleanest stove I have had good fortune to maintain,
absolutely, never have had to lower fire grate, shake it down, and that's it. Kicks heat, burns like a boss, ideal small heater. All pea next year, no problems at all, super easy to use! Try Pea, like to hear your experiences.
'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

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