Wiseway Pellet Stove – Your Ohio Dealer

Wiseway Pellet Stove Ohio DealerChampaign Coal and Stove Co. is proud to announce that we are the first dealer in Ohio to carry the Wiseway Pellet Stove.

This amazing, innovative stove is completely non-electric, and is the only EPA-certified non-electric pellet stove on the market.  This stove operates and circulates air based on natural convection currents, gravity and natural drafts.

Wiseway manufactures this stove in the USA, and provides a complete 5-year warranty!

The Wiseway Pellet Stove is capable of heating up to 3,500 square feet (nearly 58,000 BTUs), and can run for up to 36 hours on a single 40 pound hopper of pellets.

This fantastic stove has no moving parts, requires no electricity and has no computerized components–that all means that there are no expensive repairs to make and the only noise is the roar of the fire.  This stove always works if the power goes out.

The Wiseway Pellet Stove requires very little space in your home, and is even sold with an optional wheel base for easily moving it around your property.

Champaign Coal and Stove Co. is the only dealer of the Wiseway Pellet Stove in Ohio, and one of the only dealers in the midwest.  Call us today at (614) 580-9438 or contact us here to discuss this stove.  We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Find more information about the stove on Wiseway’s website here.

D.S. Machine Product Brochure

We offer the full line of D.S. Machine products, although not everything is listed on our website.

The following brochure, produced by D.S. Machine, provides detailed specifications for all of their high-quality, Amish-built products.  Click to download the PDF.

If you would like more information about any product you see listed on this brochure, please call us at (614) 580-9438 or contact us here.  We’re happy to answer all of your questions and to help you find the coal and wood stove and home independence products you’re looking for.

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Why Heat with Anthracite Coal?

Reading Anthracite coal StoveAnthracite coal is the oldest, hardest and cleanest type of coal. All of the anthracite coal used in the United States is produced domestically.

According to Blaschak’s research, anthracite coal provides the following advantages:

  • Per dollar spent, anthracite coal produces more heat than corn, wood pellets, natural gas, #2 fuel oil, propane and electic.
  • Anthracite burns cleaner than all other supplemental heating methods including cord wood, wood pellets and electricity.
  • Anthracite is found in Pennsylvania and is produced entirely by American workers.
  • Anthracite has a longer burn time than wood.

Convenience of Anthracite Coal

Anthracite is easier than other fuel types, and, unlike wood and corn, doesn’t attract pests. Anthracite can be stored outdoors and isn’t harmed by moisture.

Environmental Responsibility

Pennsylvania anthracite is mined from barren, previously damaged lands. After the anthracite is mined, the land is restored.

How to Operate a Hand-Fired Anthracite Coal Stove: Part 1: Starting an Anthracite Coal Fire

Starting an anthracite coal fire takes time and patience. It is a learning process, as anthracite coal burns entirely different than wood or bituminous coal.

To begin, take around eight sheets of newspaper, crumble into balls and place on the top of the grates in your stove. Next, lay fine kindling on top of the paper. The kindling must be dry and no larger than ¾” in diameter. Layer the kindling in crisscross fashion to allow good air flow. Open the draft control fully, this can be found on the back of the free standing units and the ash door slide on the door. Now, close the loading door and allow the kindling to catch fire. After a few minutes, open the loading door an inch or two for a few seconds before opening completely. This method will allow smoke to clear away from the door opening before the loading door is completely opened.

Add smaller, compact pieces of hardwood when the kindling fire is burning hot. Keep the draft controls fully open to establish a hot fire quickly.

Wait until the hardwood has burned long enough to start breaking off into hot coals. Add more hardwood if needed. When there is a well-established wood fire going, with plenty of red hot wood coals, start adding anthracite, (pea or nut is preferred over stove size) small amounts at a time. Wait until the first layer of anthracite catches and is starting to glow orange, then add another layer. Adding too much anthracite too quickly at this stage might smother the fire and you will have to start over. Once these layers of anthracite are glowing orange, continue to add coal until the entire grate area is covered, several inches thick minimum. Once the anthracite coal fire is well established, the entire grate area must be kept covered, or the coal will not keep burning. Keep the draft controls open.

Another method for starting a coal fire is by using charcoal briquettes. First, start by making a substantial mound of briquettes in the center of the grates. Light the mound of briquettes. Allow the mound to burn until the charcoal has turned white. Once the charcoal fire has reached this stage it should be spread out over the entire grate area. Small amounts of anthracite coal can now be added in layers, over the entire grate area. Once a layer has started to burn and turn red, another layer can be added.

Continue adding small amounts of coal until there is a solid bed of burning coal. Allow sufficient time between each small loading (at least 5-10 minutes), so that each loading has time to ignite thoroughly before the next load is put in. When a substantial bed of burning coal has been established, fill the stove to approximately the top of the firebrick. In the gravity fed hopper units (like the Hitzer 503), fill the hopper at this time. A deep bed of coal will always burn more satisfactory than a shallow bed. Control the heat output of the stove by the amount of air (draft controls), not by the amount of fuel in the unit.

When the deep bed of coal is completely ignited, the draft control should be set to the desired heat output.

For more information see:

This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.

How to Operate a Hand-Fired Anthracite Coal Stove: Part 2: Loading the Stove & Increasing Heat

Coal should never be added unless there is a reasonably hot fire. The coal bed should be burning bright and vigorous.

If the fire is burning hot and there is a deep bed of coals, full loads of coal can be added at anytime. However, if there is not a deep bed of coals, it is best to add small amounts of coal at first.

When loading with coal do not bury all the hot coals with new coal. As new coal begins to ignite, it produces a lot of volatile gas. This gas builds up in the upper part of the firebox. As the fire burns up through the new coal it can flash ignite those volatile gases, causing the stove to puff. To help minimize this, leave a small area of hot red coals uncovered in a corner. This will act as a pilot light and will prevent flash ignition or puffing. This is not an uncommon occurrence.

Increasing Heat from a Low Fire

Every effort should be made not to let a coal fire burn too low so that the fire has started to die. This will cause the reloading process to take much longer, and there is a good possibility of losing the fire.

Do not shake or stir the coal bed while experiencing a low fire

Open the draft control to full open to get maximum draft.

Run the stove with the draft control open until the fire is reasonably hot.

Start adding small amounts of coal. When the new coal is thoroughly ignited or there is a substantial bed of hot coals, the stove may be shaken thoroughly. Be sure to shake down all ashes but do not over-shake.

After shaking, keep the draft control open until you are sure that the fire is continuing to burn hot, and then return the draft control down to the proper operating level.

For more information see:

This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.

How to Operate a Hand-Fired Anthracite Coal Stove: Part 3: Shaking, Control Draft & Ash Management

Shaking

Shaking should be done only when there is a hot fire.

The frequency of shaking will depend on the degree of burning. Shaking should be done at least once a day and preferably twice a day.

Best results from shaking will occur when short “choppy” strokes are used rather than long, even strokes.

The amount of shaking is critical. To little or too much shaking can result in the extinguishing of a fire due to air flow. It is suggested that you shake until you notice small red coals drop through the ash pan, across the entire length of the grate.

In the gravity fed hopper units, dead spots will start to develop over time in the firebox. In the Hitzer 503 Fireplace Insert, the dead spots will occur along the very front firebrick (below the door). In some freestanding units the dead spots will occur along the side firebricks. Ash tends to build up in these areas because they do not have the weight of fresh coal pushing down, which forces the ash into the ash pan during shaking. This, over time, causes a reduction in the size of the burning firebox which in turn, reduces heat output. To maintain a clean firebox, before shaking take a poker and push down on the developing dead spots. This helps the ash in the dead spots to be shaken out more easily. This should be done several times a week, depending upon your burning rate.

Draft Controls

The heat output of the coal is controlled by the primary draft control, which is found on the back of the unit and on the ash door slide of the free standing units. On the fireplace units it will be found on the ash door slide. Experience and trial and error will dictate the proper settings for your heat requirements.

Coal responds very slowly to changes in the draft settings. Because of the slow response time, over correcting is a common problem. When changes in the heat output are needed, make only small changes in the draft setting and wait for the temperature to stabilize.

A poor drafting chimney could result in reduced heat output from the unit. Hard pulling chimneys may require a damper to be installed in the stove pipe, on free standing units.

Ashes

Ashes should never be allowed to accumulate in the ash pan, so that they do not in any way impede the flow of combustion air to the fire. Excess ash accumulation can cause the fire to go out and cause severe damage to the grates and grate carrier. This happens because of the absence of a cooling air flow beneath them.

Ashes should be put into a metal container with a tight fitting lid. The closed container of ashes should be placed on a noncombustible floor or on the ground, well away from all combustible materials, pending final disposal.

CAUTION! ASHES SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO ACCUMULATE ABOVE THE TOP OF THE ASH PAN. ASHES IN CONTACT WITH THE BOTTOM OF THE GRATES ACT AS INSULATOR, INTENSIFYING THE HEAT ON THE GRATES, AND COULD CAUSE THEM TO WARP. WITH AN EXCESSIVE ASH BUILDUP, PRIMARY COMBUSTION AIR IS RESTRICTED, THUS THE UNITS OUTPUT COULD BE REDUCED.

GRATES WARPED IN THIS WAY ARE EASILY RECOGNIZED.

For more information see:

This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.

How to Operate a Hand-Fired Anthracite Coal Stove: Part 4: Safety

When a loading door is opened, it always should be cracked slightly to allow oxygen to enter and burn any combustion gases that are present before fully opening. Failure to do this could result in sudden ignition of the unburned gases when the door is opened.

The ash door should never be left open and unattended, as this will result in over-firing. Serious damage can occur from over-firing.

Coal stoves should always be installed into a CLASS A chimney. REMEMBER! COAL, LIKE ALL FOSSIL FUELS, CONTAINS GASES THAT ARE TOXIC. ALWAYS KEEP A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN THE HOUSE.

For more information see:

This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.

How to Operate a Hand-Fired Anthracite Coal Stove: Part 5: Troubleshooting

Potential problems you may encounter, and possible solutions:

Cannot get the coal to light.

  • The entire grate area is not covered.
  • Draft controls are not in the full open position.
  • Not enough draft

Cannot keep a coal fire going.

  • There is not a deep bed of burning coal.Shaking the grates too little.
  • Too much ash built up.
  • Not adding enough coal.
  • Poor drafting chimney.

There is a well-established fire, but no heat.

  • Poor quality of coal.Hard pulling chimney. Too much draft.
  • Too much ash builds up.

Still having problems with your anthracite coal stove?  Contact That Coal Guy at Champaign Coal & Stove Co.! He’s always happy to help.

For more information see:

This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.