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#6325073 - 09/14/18 03:13 PM Woodburner burning coal?
bowbrown Offline

Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 113
Loc: northeast ohio
I have a woodbirner insert for my fireplace, it has shaker grate in the bottom of it and is built pretty heavy duty. My question is can I add coal to my woodburner on top of a good bed of coal to help supplement my wood supply? I have a decent supply of wood this year so I'm just looking to burn some coal to help it last. If yes what type of coal can I add?

#6325104 - 09/14/18 04:04 PM Re: Woodburner burning coal? [Re: bowbrown]
Sullivan K Offline

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 2900
Loc: Northern Ohio ...
I bet you will warp your grate.
If I told ya once, I etc. etc., my name ain't Keith

#6325130 - 09/14/18 04:39 PM Re: Woodburner burning coal? [Re: bowbrown]
Drifter Offline

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 8084
Loc: Oakland, MS
Most wood burners can't handle the higher heat that coal gives. Might try to look it up on the manufacturers website or even check reviews.
Here is somethinng to think about.
The diet of catalytics is restricted to wood—and nothing else. Just as a car's converter would be ruined by leaded gas, a wood-smoke combuster can be ruined if exposed to chemicals from coal, painted or treated wood, metals or plastics, and even some coated and colored papers. Mother earth
“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. ” – Winston Churchill

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#6325164 - 09/14/18 05:46 PM Re: Woodburner burning coal? [Re: Sullivan K]
tjm Offline

Registered: 11/11/11
Posts: 7926
Loc: SWMo.
Originally Posted By: Sullivan K
I bet you will warp your grate.

#6325168 - 09/14/18 05:55 PM Re: Woodburner burning coal? [Re: Sullivan K]
Dfabs Offline

Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 1814
Loc: Morgantown, WV
Originally Posted By: Sullivan K
I bet you will warp your grate.

X3...coal burns hot.

#6325171 - 09/14/18 06:01 PM Re: Woodburner burning coal? [Re: bowbrown]
Wylee Offline

Registered: 09/18/15
Posts: 1544
Loc: interior alaska
I have a wood burning furnace that says wood/coal on the mfg tag on back...however when i look up a new model of the same furnace it mentions wood only. I contacted the mfg and they stated they changed it to just wood out of consumer confusion. Apparently people were not reading the user directions. Its wood AND coal not OR. The directions state after building a bed of wood coals you can add about ten pounds of coal at a time but only to a bed of wood coals. I was given an example where a guy filled one with coal and melted a hole right through the bottom. The bottom of my burn box is 1 inch plate. If theres any question id just forget about it..too dangerous imo.