Coal furnaces are popular with people who want to use a fuel source that will eventually pay for itself in the savings on fuel bills. This type of furnace takes coal as an energy source, burns it in a combustion system, and also burns emissions in a secondary combustion area. The benefit of coal is that the United States produces almost of the supplies of the fuel, and those that live close to the source of the material can save much more on their fuel bills.
There are two types of coal burner, the hand-fuelled system and the stoker system. Both of these can keep a house warm and comfortable, but they require different levels of time investment, and have a few other differences. For example, the hand fired burner needs to be fed twice a day, raked and maintained daily, and runs entirely on coal, whereas the stoker system needs electricity to fully function, as it uses a thermostat and feeds its own coal as and when it is needed. These are some of the factors to consider when buying a coal system.
Using modern systems lessens the risk of something going wrong, but there are still things a coal furnace owner can do to make sure they are promoting the safest possible environment. Most importantly, these burners can emit harmful carbon monoxide emissions, and anyone running one of these systems should have a detector installed above the furnace to check for problems. There is also the risk of problems with power cuts and outages, so all systems should have a backup energy source in the event of a problem.
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