About: Out With Wood...In With The Coal Stove
I was trying to warm my hands in front of the computer screen... The heat just wasn't coming through.
very cool. beautiful stove. Love to see the return of coal for heat.
Well, you got me with the "who needs sleep." You definitely won't be hangin' with the "snowflakes." I was just introduced to that term last fall by a 70-year-old retired state trooper. Laughed my balls off.
Now that your a year along in coal use, how much in weight and money did you burn of the coal? TIA
Good stuff you hack keep it up.
What do you pay for coal back there in Vermont?
'Bout 25 years ago I had a dovre stove that I was able to get coal for. That stuff would drive you out of the house.
Where do you get your coal?
Actually your supposed to pour the anthracite coal into the stove from the overhead fill point from the coal bucket. That's why the coal bucket has a pour point built into it. Once you have built up a layer of coals you simply bury the coals with coal and you will hear snap, crackle, and pop Rice Krispies!
That is how I was taught to fire a coal stove.
And now for the real test.
What does the wife think about the new to you stove?
That Vermont vigilant had been overfired the glass and door seals need renewing have the flueways been cleaned out I use an industrial hoover when I rebuild stoves also that stove blacking fumes whilst curing best use hi temp stove spray paint
is that a heat paint your daubing on>
nice set up Jim, when i bought my wood furnace 30 years ago there was a coal grate as an option for it, wish i had grab it back then.
How much does the coal cost? Also isn't there too much heat being thrown off to those wood-frame walls? Don't you need much more clearance to the walls compared to the wood stove?
Not sure of your neighborhood but saw a video about a guy that bought 26 tons ( bulk ). 4 years later he's still working on that pile, it didn't look like he's half way through it yet.
If you have neighbors, did you think about their ability to breath. Coal is very dirty to breath. People with COPD or Asthma will be bitching about you. Dumb move.
Nice your boy and you worked together I hope the coal keeps you and your family safe and warm. God bless
Applying the furnace cement is much easier if you wet the surfaces with a spray bottle (water).
Vermont Casting Vigilant! I have one... Getting hard to get coal, but it is out there. Mine is the duel wood coal model. Also have a Defiant. Good stoves, just have to rebuild them once in a while.
I grew up in a home that used a wood & coal stove every day for supplemental heat. We just built a good wood fire in the stove then loaded in the coal. A good cast iron grate is essential to keep the red hot coals from cracking the floor of the stove. It was an open front Ben Franklin style stove with no gasketed doors. Saves a lot of work over using wood alone. Finding large lumps of coal was the trick. 3 or 4 lumps the size of a cantaloupe would burn for hours. A good blower or a heat exchanger will double or triple the stoves output instead of the heat going up the chimney.
I assume you are using hard anthracite coal. I've had trouble sourcing it for a reasonable price (northwestern KS). Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.
Pan of water on top of it would help it out