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Stoves designed with Bituminous in mind?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by Tom Bovee, Dec 16, 2007.

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  1. Tom Bovee

    Tom Bovee New Member

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    For those of us who live in areas of the country (SW Colorado) where only bituminous coal is available, can you enlighten me as to what manufacturers make models designed to burn this coal?

    After several days of research all over the web, I realize maintenance fiddling with bituminous is not exactly “light it and walk away” as it tends to be with anthracite. So far I’ve only found the manual VC Vigilant II 2310 and an one stove from Volgelzang that speak to the bituminous issue.

    I’d really like to have a stoker in the 100K btu range which does bituminous.

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  2. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I know that you can burn bituminous, but not anthracite, in the EKO boiler line. I bet the Tarms and Econoburns can do it, too. Our sponsor, Cozy Heat ^^^^^^ sells at least one coal stoker, as well as the EKOs and other boilers.

    Having tried to burn anthracite myself, I wouldn't agree with the "light it and walk away" characterization. Maybe I'm dense, but coal is a whole nother deal compared to dry wood, IME.
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