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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2011, 12:55:52 PM »
Well, I am the ECOPUNK...I burn shudder  Coal


You're  not alone.  The previous owner of my house left a coal fired stove in the basement to heat that area of the house.  They also installed electric baseboard (the basement is finished).  I spend about $230 for a ton of Anthracite coal to heat the basement for the winter.  The alternative is to spend about 800 on electricity to keep it toasty down there.  I've gotten used to the thought of burning coal and I have to say, it provides amazingly comfortable heat.

Edit - Blah, just checked current pricing and the coal is up to 275/ton.  Demand must be up!
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2011, 01:49:55 PM »
I'm always amazed at how people can stack wood freestanding, with no walls or braces of any kind.  I tried and tried but finally game up and only stack bags of wood pellets now. 

The trickis to start with a alternating direction column at each end, separate out the half logs for this purpose and build a couple of big Jenga towers with that then go at it with the less regular chunks in between.

(grew up in Vermont with wood as primary heat source, stacked ALOT of wood as a teenager. All teenager/wood jokes implied)
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2011, 01:55:56 PM »
(grew up in Vermont with wood as primary heat source, stacked ALOT of wood as a teenager. All teenager/wood jokes implied)

Me too ( grew up in VT that is - Windsor ).  We never had wood as a heat source though, which explains my inexperience.
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2011, 03:01:30 PM »
I still have about a cord +/- leftover from last year. I burn it in a firepit behind my property from time to time.

I also have a gas fireplace indoors that really warms up the first floor of the house.
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2011, 03:44:47 PM »
(grew up in Vermont with wood as primary heat source, stacked ALOT of wood as a teenager. All teenager/wood jokes implied)

Me too ( grew up in VT that is - Windsor ).  We never had wood as a heat source though, which explains my inexperience.

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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2011, 04:11:14 PM »

Then on the burn end, I just add to the previous embers (which last 2-3 DAYS) shake
the ashes out the bottom of the stove and dump em then go on about my buziness. 


Post a picture of your chimney when you've got a good coal fire going.   ;D
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2011, 05:48:12 PM »

Then on the burn end, I just add to the previous embers (which last 2-3 DAYS) shake
the ashes out the bottom of the stove and dump em then go on about my buziness.  


Post a picture of your chimney when you've got a good coal fire going.   ;D
You got it!!....Invisible exhaust due to catalytic converter in the stove...
Edit F.Y.I.  http://www.portersmvs.com/stoves/vermont_vigilant.html
and mine does have a catalytic
Pic about mid november
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2011, 08:07:15 PM »

Then on the burn end, I just add to the previous embers (which last 2-3 DAYS) shake
the ashes out the bottom of the stove and dump em then go on about my buziness.  


Post a picture of your chimney when you've got a good coal fire going.   ;D
You got it!!....Invisible exhaust due to catalytic converter in the stove...
Edit F.Y.I.  http://www.portersmvs.com/stoves/vermont_vigilant.html
and mine does have a catalytic
Pic about mid november

You have a catalytic cumbustor on a coal burning stove?  I'd like to see that.

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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2011, 08:41:54 PM »
1vertical is getting feeble minded.  
Here is the parts diagram and you are spot on....I stand corrected...
no catalytic...onboard tho I swear in the unit I own, there is a
honey comb re-burner asembly...have to check further into the
exact model that I posess.
http://literature.mhsc.com/vermont_castings/manuals/2000898_Vigilant_10.pdf
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2011, 09:14:27 PM »
I didn't mean to dispute you, I was wondering if there was something designed for coal stoves.  All of the catalytic combustors I've seen are for wood fire and warn specifically not to burn coal.

Flue gas from coal fire is different from flue gas from wood fire.  Burning coal in a wood stove equiped with a catalytic combustor will poison the catalyst. They are not cheap to replace.

The honeycomb might be part of a heat recovery baffle?
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2011, 05:37:48 AM »
With the tight emissions this stove meets due to epa regs, I think it may
have been a sales person that put that notion in my head....but then with
that notion, I did take the thing apart and see with my own eyes that
honeycomb and thought. to myself, hmmph...catylitic element...so
Yeah appears they do not have this in the design.
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2011, 08:07:56 PM »
I don't have a picture of my pile right now. eheheh!
We burn about 4 logger cords a year.
I call a loggers cord a 4'x4'x8' pile.

So I got wood, just ask the wife. She is always after me to get wood! ;)
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2011, 09:22:08 PM »
Pinnah how are the goats and chickens? Hope all is well. You need to get more Wood!!! eh! eh! your pile is very small (maybe more fiber?) eh! eh! You wood last about a week in winter here, but good for the whole summer!!

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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2011, 09:57:45 PM »
 :D I have a couple new chicks this year
but they don't care about my wood.

True enough, that stack is more for pleasure burning and shop heat
than to really get me through winter.  I do have my eye on a couple more standing dead.

Good grief, the people's forest around here is rife with dead wood these days.


Goats are good, fat and spoiled.  Sheila turned up with milk, a virgin producer, I guess she really wants a kid.

Vert, I do love the smell of a coal fire as well...ecopunk aye?
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Re: Got Wood?
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2011, 05:58:07 AM »
Good grief, the people's forest around here is rife with dead wood these days.
Vert, I do love the smell of a coal fire as well...ecopunk aye?

That pine beetle kill is crazy intense.  Don't go there in a strong wind.
ecopunk...aye!
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