About: How I Burn coal in a wood stove
I Installed a Triple Lined Chimy and a Cast Iron Franklin to just heat our Double Wide Converted Garage into a Den( Added the 2 car Garage in front of it , with a Utility room In Between and a 1/2 Bath ( & Shower) for your truly with 3 Women ( Wife and 2 Daughters share the Main Bathroom and a Master Bath to our Bedroom for the Wife. Makes everyone alot Happier now. I get a Big ( 50 gal) G. Can of Coal every Fall and 1 Cord of Wood.. and that alast all winter here in Central Wi. ( But then I also have 2 Heating Vents from the Furnance to open if need be if the FP isn't fired up and that's mostly when were not Home. I leave 1st at 6am, home First at 3pm, So I wll normally fire up the Stove to heat up the Den and close the Furnance Vents and close the BiFolding Doors btwn the Den and Kitchen (Otherwise the BF htr will suck all the heat out of the House.. Most Weekdays, we eat in the Den and watch TV on the 46" Screen( Any bigger was too Bright in the room.. Kindling, then 3-4 Pieces of firewood and then 2-3 Pieces of Coal on top and its goof ro 6-7 hrs, long enough for us being out ther and toasty Warm and Humdifier to keep it about 25% .. All Shut down by 9pm.. Not a Main Heater for our Home..
As long as your stove has a stainless steel flu and a cast iron vented grate, the main problem is premature corrosion.
All solid fuels (firewood, smokeless fuel and house coal) emit sulphur and chlorine in varying amounts when burnt. If allowed to condense on the inner wall of liners, either due to insufficient flue gas temperatures, a flue that has not been swept or are using poor quality fuels such as wet firewood etc, these halogens will form an acidic solution that will corrode the liner prematurely.
Smokeless coal burns at a very similar temperature to wood and is often dryer and I can't think of any reason it can't be burned safely in any good quality stove.
Coal can burn much hotter and needs to be used in moderation... you're not running the Flying Scotsman after all !
If you had a insulated storage building in your back yard full of chunk coal to put in your living room wood burning stove, you'd have a great back up when electricity / natural gas get shut off. Remember the gas got turned off this winter cause people were putting a to heavy strain on the pipeline system... I don't think coal ever goes bad if you keep lock up and dry....
Burning coal produces sulfur that can go right up the stove pipe but if you add wood to the same fire the wood gives off moisture. The water and sulfur combine to make sulfuric acid which will quickly ruin any stovepipe you have. Burn either wood or coal, but not both at the same time (other than using wood to start a coal fire).
Thanks for posting your a good boy. I hope you do very well god bless you
Man you got fat hands!
ever heard of a central heater or a infrared heater??? THis is soooooooo bad for the environment...........
Burning wood is just as bad as burning coal; maybe even worse than burning anthracite.
I mean smokey coal that's called house coal?
Do you find burning normal house coal is OK in stoves?
Here in California i will bet $100 not a single person born here have ever even seen a chunk of coal or heating oil. We use natural gas here.
Dude. No joke, I can barely get coal to burn in my stove. I find that a few shovelfuls of rice coal with your wood works well. I don't know if it's just a Michigan thing but we have a synthetic hardwood that comes in bricks. That burns HOT and almost twice as long as dry oak or Ash.
if you burn coal in a wood stove you will burn out the grates
great video , I'm burning some right now in chilly rural Ireland , thanks for the tip :)
How easy is it to cut coal lumps into smaller pieces? How? I found some
place selling 'smokeless ovals' so wondered about cutting them up.
old montgomery ward stove
hopefully this is an iron stove and not plate steel
I have a shipping container in upstate new york that I use as a getaway. I have a sheet metal stove with fire bricks. The local heating company sells coal in bags, golf ball size. Can I get away with adding SMALL amounts of this coal for the overnight fire without ruining the stove? The wood alone just does not cut it to keep the container warm and gas just scares me.
This what we do in WV. Burn wood till you get a bed of hot coals then put a Handfull 4 or 5 chunks of coal about fist size on top, the more wood on top as needed. Our wood stoves had fire brick on the bottom and 3/4 the way up the sides, will put out heat all night then add wood in the morning. Nice and toasty!