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Forum topic by crank49 posted 11-08-2012 07:52 PM 1394 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2012 07:52 PM

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I have seen several questions lately about heat and it just occurred to me, no one ever mentions coal heat.

I don’t use coal and I don’t know anyone who does, but I did when I was a kid, over 50 years ago.

Up until about 15 to 20 years ago there was a place here in town where you could buy coal, but I wouldn’t even know where to buy it today.

Does all coal being used today go to generating electricity?

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 08:06 PM

My uncle’s vacation home has a coal stove. I’m not sure where he gets coal, but he does. It’s in the middle of nowhere Maine right on a lake. I haven’t been up there in a LONG time but he spends summers there and a few weeks during the winter hunting and ice fishing. It does the job.


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#2 posted 11-09-2012 02:00 AM

I looked into it for my garage, because it did have a woodburning stove at one time and should be a small job to install a new wood/coal/whatever burner. What I discovered is that coal is hard to find on a retail level, at least here in Minnesota.

Because of that I decided to go with kerosene heat instead.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 03:32 AM

I was wondering the same thing a few yers ago. I couldn’t find much either. We used it when I was a kid.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 01:35 PM

My grandfathers shop has a coal pot belly stove in it. The railroad tracks are at the edge of his property and he use to walk down to the tracks with a bucket and pick up what fell off the coal cars that went by. A 5 gallon bucket of coal must have lasted an entire week and man did it heat, the biggest downside was how hard it is to start. He used kerosene on small piece of dried firewood as the starter.

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 01:56 PM

My sister and brother-in-law live in an “A” frame house in the mountains of Pennsylvania. They heat with coal. It’s a rather neat coal fired heater. It has an auto feed hopper the feeds the heater as it calls for more coal,so it not like some of the old ones like we had when I was a kid and my grandfather would go down and shovel coal in the furnace in the morning and then again at night before we went to bed. Other than taking out some ashes (Which Earl likes for the driveway in the winter) they seem to be pretty happy with it and if I remember right, I believe they spent about $400 for coal last year to heat their home (small two bedroom, but still considering northeastern Pa., I didn’t think that sounded too bad).

-- John @

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 08:15 PM

Yours truly was the one who had to shovel coal to the back of the coal bin as a teenager. I would blow black snot for a week afterward. I also chopped the wood among many other various farm chores but damn was I good shape back then. After leaving for the Army my uncle promptly replaced the wood/coal stove with oil, sold the cattle, and bought a color tv, lol.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 01:27 AM

We never had any trouble getting it going, but dad always had a good hot wood fire before throwing it in. Maybe a different type of coal?

What always amazed me was soaking the coal in water for the forge. raking up and pile of choke, sticking a piece of news paper in the middle, piling wet coal around the outside and it took off!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 01:47 AM

Very common and readily available in coal country. Good, reliable and efficient but getting expensive due to the nuts we now have in charge.

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 01:50 AM

I can’t think of anything where nuts are not in charge today.

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