I'm Trying Coal for the First Time

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 10:05 am

Trying coal in my wcb-24 hand-fired boiler for the first time ever, this morning. So far, so good. No explosions yet, Freddy. The entire bed is glowing, but for how long, who knows. In this cold weather I seem to be feeding the boiler too often to keep the house at 72º

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 11:19 am

it's good stuff stoker mang
efm doesent give out 520 bonuses? :D

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 3:04 pm

Good going! Keep it happy & it'll keep you happy. :)


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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 4:47 pm

Just checked after 6 hours; looks like a flame failure. I guess that's why they make automatic stokers. I see a pile of limestone-looking rocks inside. The other half of the bucket is pea, so I'll try that.

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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 9:38 pm

We knew you'd see the light sooner or later.

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Post Thu. Dec. 11, 2008 10:01 pm

Pea coal seems to work alot nicer than chestnut. Maybe I'll try a ton.


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Post Fri. Dec. 12, 2008 3:05 pm

stoker-man wrote:Pea coal seems to work alot nicer than chestnut. Maybe I'll try a ton.
Who's coal are you burning that will make a big differents in any size you burn. In that boiler Nut or even Stove should
work better then Pea . But that will depend on who's coal your burning . If you want the good stuff take a ride up here I
will Take you to get it ;) Also it won't be any of the Co. That starts with a B R or a J :lol:

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Post Fri. Dec. 12, 2008 5:56 pm

I'm having problems because I don't want to take the 3 firebricks out that are laying over my grates for wood burning. So the fire burns in the spaces between the bricks. Since the majority of my burning is wood, I think I'll just use a shovel of coal to hold heat longer than I can with just wood and see how it works.

No coal from a company with a B ?? What about the beautiful hat I wear every day? With Santa Claus on it?

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Post Fri. Dec. 12, 2008 8:10 pm

stoker-man wrote:I'm having problems because I don't want to take the 3 firebricks out that are laying over my grates for wood burning. So the fire burns in the spaces between the bricks. Since the majority of my burning is wood, I think I'll just use a shovel of coal to hold heat longer than I can with just wood and see how it works.

No coal from a company with a B ?? What about the beautiful hat I wear every day? With Santa Claus on it?
Well if you want to burn coal correctly you will have to keep the grates open so the air can come up threw the bottom of grates and threw the coal bed and fill the coal to the top of the fire bricks with coal you will get twice as much burn time
then wood and twice as much BTU's build the coal bed first then throw the wood on top if you want to burn wood. As far as
the hat with Santa Claus on it . well if you like Paying that much for coal then by all means do so . But there is coal out
there that burns much hotter with less ash content and is 40 to 50 bucks cheaper by the ton ;) Nothing wrong with Santa
Claus coal Just to much a ton for what you get .

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Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2008 5:56 pm

What Per-Tell is wrong with J coal? I talk to the lab almost everyday and it's never more than 8% ash, usually it's 7%. The BTUs arent the highest I'll give you that but at 12,800-13,000 BTU's per lb it's not bad either. It's all fresh mined coal, no banks. And the price is right at 143.00 a ton for buck.

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