After 33 Years of Exclusively Wood Heating, I'm Trying Coal

If you are in need of a more conventional heating solution that requires no power look no further. Unlike an automated stoker boiler these units do not require power to generate heat. They can be set up wiith pumps like a typical boiler or a gravity fed sytem insuring heat during power failures. Models include many New Yorker coal boilers, EFM WCB-24 and others. Some of these units can also burn wood.
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coal berner
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Tue. Mar. 01, 2011 11:31 am

stoker-man wrote:I don't know if you're asking me, but here are some pictures of my wagon. I used all scrap steel from other projects. The frame is 2 x 4 sq. tubing from shelving. The pneumatic wheels are rated for 800#. The center of gravity is a little forward, but the air space afforded by the bucket balances a full load perfectly. It's a prototype, so I made a good guess. The cart holds about 600# and the handlebar is removable by loosening two bolts and pulling it out. The total construction is welded and the boards in front and back are removable for easy shoveling. I'd say that one cart lasts 10 days.
2x4x4=32 divided by 40 cubic ft = 0.8 tons
4x4x4= 64 divided by 40 CF.=1.6 tons
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Tue. Mar. 01, 2011 9:47 pm

I'll pass on coal for the Summer. A 5 gallon bucket of wood is all I need to make hot water for the day. And you can see 10 cords of wood behind me under the shed.
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coal berner
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Wed. Mar. 02, 2011 11:44 am

stoker-man wrote:I'll pass on coal for the Summer. A 5 gallon bucket of wood is all I need to make hot water for the day. And you can see 10 cords of wood behind me under the shed.
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Yea use if you got it before it rots and gets full of bugs .
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Wed. Mar. 02, 2011 3:56 pm

Everything to the left of where I'm standing and the entire cliff area burned to the ground (the shed) in 1988. The woodpile of 10 cords became 10 cords of charcoal. It took a few years to burn it and the house smelled all the time of charcoal. That's just a memory now, but I wasn't going to waste any wood.

The only thing that saved the barn was the arrival of the fire company and the stucco siding.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Wed. Mar. 02, 2011 4:14 pm

Outstanding kid pix--they're big enough to move some wood around ;)
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Tue. Mar. 08, 2011 7:05 pm

The bride's been complaining ever since I ran out of coal about how cold the house is now. Hurry up Spring. I have to restrain myself NOT to buy another half-ton of coal.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Tue. Mar. 08, 2011 7:57 pm

Oh go ahead and do it...you can always use it. :D
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Tue. Mar. 08, 2011 9:26 pm

Do you need an investment? Buy some more oil before it goes up. Or keep the bride happy with the coal heat that no one EVER complains about :!: :roll:


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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Tue. Mar. 08, 2011 10:05 pm

Nope, no oil. I've never heated with oil; only wood until this year.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Wed. Mar. 09, 2011 9:05 pm

stoker-man wrote:Nope, no oil. I've never heated with oil; only wood until this year.
That is something to be proud of :!: Never heating with oil.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Wed. Mar. 09, 2011 9:07 pm

Agreed!
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Wed. Mar. 09, 2011 9:38 pm

I can't wait until I can say that my days of heating with oil and/or electricity are over.
-Larry

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