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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ggans, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Do you think there would be any problem burning coal in my old stove? I am worried about excessive heat causing damage to the cast iron parts.Mainly where the fire bowl meets the base of the stove, where the great is.. Shes 93 years old so there are no replacement parts to be had...hehe . I have no experience burning coal.

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    ggans New Member

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    Ok 19 views and no reply s, am I asking a stupid question?
  3. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    I would guess either no one knows or no one wants the liability of telling you it's fine
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    My_3_Girls Member

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    Ummmmm.. " I have no experience burning coal"... " there are no replacement parts"... "93 years old"... Sure, no problem, fire it up!! Use gasoline as kindling, light with a propane torch, no problem. But seriously, reaally???????
  5. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Gee you really know how to make one feel welcome ! Yes I am serious, And it doesn't hurt to ask questions. Coal was used all the time in many stoves of that period. I am simply asking if coal burns hotter that coals of a hard wood.

    And yes I start all my fires with a propane torch..really I do...

    %$#$$ very much
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Probably nobody here can tell ya. Mostly wood burners on this forum. These guys are hardcore coal burners that could probably advise you.

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    Thank you...
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    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    Well, I know next to squat about coal. My gut feeling on the matter is I wouldn't for the reasons you listed above. Like BB said, maybe try asking the experts.
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    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Coal requires a lot more air than wood, usually coal stoves have a blower to push air into the burning coal bed. Do you think coal will burn OK in the stove?
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    Does it have a grate? My understanding is that coal burning stoves have to have a grate for the ashes to fall through and get air in underneath the coal. I believe you also need a way to shake the ash out of the coal in the grate. My uncle has a 30 year old Jotul coal stove and it has a crank in the front he turns to shake the ash down into the ash pan. He does it twice a day. If your stove has a grate, I suppose you could buy a bag of coal and try it. It takes a while to get coal going (thought it would be faster with a propane torch!).
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    lol, Yes it has a grate, I think its called a dump grate. The center pulls out and the ash falls.. Thanks for your reply.
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