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Has anyone switched from wood to coal ?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Chrism, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Im thinking about it but dont know enough about coal . I have an isle royale an love the stove but splitting wood takes away from fishing time !!! Pros and cons of coal ??

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  2. ewdudley

    ewdudley Minister of Fire

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    Pros:

    Thermostat!
    Two days worth of fuel, one bag in one hand, one bag in the other, just grab 'em by the ears and away you go.
    Easy to store.
    Inexpensive, compares well even with 'free' wood unless you've got a good crop of kids willing to earn their keep.
    Much safer compared to felling trees, running chainsaws, and swinging mauls.

    Cons:

    Ash, lots of it.
    In my case stove was much louder than I would like.
  3. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    One pro is that I live in pa a 20 min drive my mason dump is filled.
  4. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    If your in PA and close to a supply coal is easier and cheaper, I know my cousin had one and didn't like the soot but it may have been the stove as it was a long time ago (80's).
  5. ewdudley

    ewdudley Minister of Fire

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    Just check out nepacrossroads.com, you can probably find a few locals that would show you their setups.
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    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    My father in law still burns coal in an old VC from 1978. In the shoulder season he burns wood, and in the dead of winter he burns coal. Much steadier heat and less maintenance than my wood burning set up. I love burning wood, though. I'm a pyro. However if I had to switch, I would switch to a coal stove over a pellet stove. I've had good experiences at nepacrossroads.com forum. Another very helpful group.
  7. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Is venting the same I have selkirk chimney pipe and smoke pipe . Do I just buy a coal stove and connect it to the existing set up I have my isle royale hooked up to ?
  8. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Also I see conversion kits to change a stove to wood / coal wonder if I can do that to my isle royale ??
  9. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I am not an expert, but you have a premium product in the Isle Royale. I think best bet is selling the IR, and buy a coal stove. I'd hate to see it compromised if the conversion kit is unsuccessful. Again, that is not an expert opinion, just my two cents.

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