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Coal vs wood for my shop heater questions...


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Default Coal vs wood for my shop heater questions...

i recently pickup a ok champion thick walled cast iron pot belly/bessemer style stove. how does one know if its designed for coal or wood? it doesn't have any kind of feed. if coal, my thought was to just throw in large chunks of coal. thanks
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Default Re: coal vs wood for my shop heater questions...

There should be grates in it if its designed to burn coal,wood can sit right in the ashes and burn ok.We had an old cast iron pot belly in a shop on the farm when I was a kid.I used to work on some of my buddies cars in there at night,one night,one of the guys brought a bag of coal along.I had never burnt coal,we threw the whole bag in,that old potbelly was burning cherry red in about 1/2 an hour,we had plenty of heat that night.
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Default Re: Coal vs wood for my shop heater questions...

there is a shaker grate and a removable deep ash/clinker pan below the grate. thanks
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Default Re: Coal vs wood for my shop heater questions...

If it has a shaker grate it was for coal.... but you can burn wood in it with no problem....from Grandad.
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