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Coal vs wood in an Outdoor boiler.
« on: March 28, 2015, 07:09:48 PM »
Looking for answers on the firewood and wood heating forum :D. Im due for a new outdoor furnace. I have a 15 year old model. I live in PA where EPA regs have taken over. All you can get is "coal" models. Read between the lines. That being said the dealers I have talked to say stick with coal. They say wood eats out a firebox worse than coal? Any truth to that? I have easy access to both so no problem either way.  Actually coal would be easier as I don't have to cut and split it. I always burnt wood as I figured it was easier on the firebox. They say its the opposite. So is coal superior to wood in an outdoor unit? I know the btus are better but what about furnace life?
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Re: Coal vs wood in an Outdoor boiler.
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2015, 07:54:46 PM »
Can you get a stoker? I'm picturing a huge bin of coal and you only have to go out and shake the grates once a day. 8)
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Re: Coal vs wood in an Outdoor boiler.
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2015, 07:59:45 PM »
 Benefits of coal are higher btu per pound and a longer, and more even burn time. It is messy but takes up less space then wood. With coal you can also get an automated feed system, which would be handy, as far as life of the heating unit, I would say burning coal would be easier on the firebox, then burning high moisture content wood, which people like to do with outdoor furnaces/boilers. I would compare the warranty from different brands and see which suits you best.
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Re: Coal vs wood in an Outdoor boiler.
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2015, 08:07:34 PM »
Coal smoke is also an acquired smell. :D
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Re: Coal vs wood in an Outdoor boiler.
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2015, 07:13:44 AM »
I was told you can burn wood(is this what read between the lines meant ) in a coal stove any truth to that  ;D    a friend of mine has a coal stove (owb) and said wood was cheaper to burn but more work by the time he went to PA and got the coal

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2015, 10:41:45 AM »
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I was told you can burn wood(is this what read between the lines meant ) in a coal stove any truth to that
Exactly... put a coal only decal on the furnace and it meets local regs. Nothing really changed about the furnace itself
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