|Frequently Asked Questions
Isn’t coal dirty to heat with?
Anthracite Coal is NOT the same coal that many in the Pittsburgh area are familiar with. Anthracite Coal
is 85% carbon, so it burns hot, clean, evenly and without the dirty smoke, soot and tars that soft coal and
wood have and there is no build-up of tar, creosote, carbon, etc. in your chimney. You have probably
burned anthracite and did not even realize it. Most brands of charcoal contain a significant amount of
anthracite coal which improves the heat value of the charcoal while burning cleanly.
Aren’t wood pellets more economical?
It takes 71.4 lbs. of wood pellets (almost 2 bags) to generate the same amount of heat as 40 lbs of
anthracite, making anthracite much more economical.
**Ten reasons to choose anthracite coal over wood pellets**
How long does a bag of coal last?
During a very cold winter day, the automatic stoker stove models could burn approximately 40 lbs. (one
bag) of coal, generating over 500,000 BTU’s and leaving about 4 lbs. of ash. On a more typical winter
day, you will use less than a bag to heat a well insulated 2500 sq. ft. house.
What would it cost to heat my house with anthracite coal?
A modern 3 or 4 bedroom house with about 2,500 sq. ft. of living area can be heated for one year with 2
to 3 tons of anthracite coal. That would be a fuel cost of about $520 to $780.
Do I have to tend the stove frequently?
The stoker stove needs tended only ONCE a day. The coal hopper is refilled and the ash pan is emptied
(requiring about 15 minutes or less) and the stove is ready to operate for another 24 hours. You do NOT
shake this stove, it’s all automatic. If you go away for the weekend stoker stove models from the Reading
Stove Co. can operate for 2 ½ days without tending when using the lowest setting.
How do I vent the stove?
Normally the stove is vented in an approved flue or a power vent can be used which eliminates the need
for a chimney. See your Reading Stove dealer for details.
Where do I get the coal? Parts? Accessories?
HEET, Inc. is the local authorized dealer for Reading Anthracite & Stove Company and will maintain a
steady inventory of bagged anthracite coal, bulk coal, and stove parts. Reading Anthracite & Stove Co.
is the ONLY company the produces BOTH stoves and coal. Heet Inc is the local Dealer for Keystoker
Stoves and Furnaces. We also have many coal distributors in Western PA. See our complete list of coal
yards for the location nearest you.
Can I use anthracite in my wood/coal stove?
Anthracite nut coal can be used in any wood/coal stove or furnace that has cast iron grates with good
airflow and control. Anthracite nut coal will burn smokeless, longer than wood or soft coal, and will create
a very hot, even heat. Try a bag or two in your stove/furnace and see how it performs.
Will my stove continue to run during an electrical outage?
The Anthracite Stoves require very little electricity to operate. Heet Inc sales a battery backup unit
(Power Pac) that will automatically switch over and keep the stove operating for hours.
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