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Burning Coal in Wood Stove

Is anyone burning Anthracite coal in a wood burning stove? It seems there should be a way to accomplish this using some sort of cast iron grate. Does anyone know anything about this? Where can I buy a cast iron grate for coal burning? Thanks for any help you can lend.


By Chris D from Lyndhurst, OH

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

We just bought a coal grate from Larry Trainer in Bryantville, MA (781) 294-0010. We heat with coal & use gas as the backup. If you want to email me privately thru ThriftyFun, I can help with some of your ?'s. I do want to say though, that heating with coal is much more work, but definitely cheaper.

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for answering my question.
I will contact you through ThriftyFun Email.


I am gradually getting the idea that coal is a bit of work.

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

Well, I can't help with the grate but I had a coal burning stove as a supplement to my regular heat source. It would burn about 50 pounds of pea coal a day at that time $5 per bag. It worked ok. I would have to clean out the ash draw once a day and store the ash in a metal trash can as the embers could start a fire. I would put the cold embers in a box and put them out for the trash pick up. You can't spread the coal ashes on your lawn or garden. Once a month I would shut down the stove and clean it out then clean the house of coal dust. At the end of the heating season I would clean out the stove and also take down the flue pipe and clean out the ash build up to ready the stove for the next heating season. After 25 years the stove died because of ash build up in between the wall of the stove where it could not be taken apart to clean. So I junked it. When I had my chimmey cleaned I had to replace some of the flue in the chimmey because of rain and the coal exhaust created acid rain. After I junked the coal stove I had to have the chimmey relined with a stainless steel liner for $1100.


That was my experience with a coal stove. Others may have had a better experience. You may have a better experience than me.
If I decide to use a supplemental heating system again I will look into a pellet stove.
Good luck.

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

You have to be careful burning coal in a wood burning stove because coal burns much hotter than wood and you can burn your stove out or it will burn out faster.

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