It is better in some ways worse in others. First thing to find out is how is coal availability in your areahave the opportunity to pick up a Vermont Castings Resolute, currently set up for wood, but comes with the coal kit. i don't hear much about coal, and am wondering if it is competitive with wood in any ways.
thx for the replies. does coal burn lower and more steady than wood? i've read that it "lasts longer", esp. good for overnights. is waste disposal a challenge? does it burn clean out the chimney, or dirty? the loading seems a little like a pellet stove set up; load it and just keep topping it up.
It will last longer yes. If setup properly it will burn much lower and longer than wood.thx for the replies. does coal burn lower and more steady than wood? i've read that it "lasts longer", esp. good for overnights. is waste disposal a challenge? does it burn clean out the chimney, or dirty? the loading seems a little like a pellet stove set up; load it and just keep topping it up.
It leaves allot of ash. When I was burning coal I easily had 10 gallons a week. Wood might be 5 gals a monthFrom my (watching) experience, it does not necessarily burn lower than wood. The heat output is mostly determined by the size of the fire. (Though I don't know how this works with the newfangled hopper systems with pea sized coal....)
Wast disposal was never an issue as a good burning coal fire does not create a lot of ash. (We burned tomato sized coal,. manually fed in batches.)
It was very clean for us in the chimney.
Yeah they really are just coal stoves. Yeah you can burn some wood but not well at all
The size varies depending upon the type of stove you use. The stokers that auto feed from a hopper use rice coal which is pretty small. Hand fired stoves use pea or nut coal usually some still use stove coal which is pretty big.I wish that they could bring it back and somehow for home use have some gadgets that clean up the burning of it--filters or something--for it seems really nice to burn it and I did not know that the size of those nuggets changed and I would like them bigger as well...Found one in my old house from 1926 and should have kept it--lol Kidding here...But coal to me seems on the tube so much easier to handle and the heat is long lasting--wish they could upgrade it and make it good..old mrs clancey
Well of course there won't be any creosote in it if it was only used for coal lol. By the look of those internal parts it was very well maintained. And I don't think it was used very hard. What chimney will this be hooked to?
I have no idea on current coal price. For $6.50 a 40lb bag I would certainly hope it would go a looong time! Did you ask the former owner what to expect for burn times/operational procedure etc? Such a moving target it's hard to guess. Sounds like it has the potential for getting rather expensive. Maybe? Curious.40 lb bags off anthracite USA coal at tractor supply for $6.50. is this good value? no idea how to compare coal cost/heat output to hardwood.
325/ton is rediculously high for coal here. You can have a ton delivered for $250 or so. If you go pick it up at a cracker $200 or less40 lb bags off anthracite USA coal at tractor supply for $6.50. is this good value? no idea how to compare coal cost/heat output to hardwood.