Got the day off from work so I thought I'd get something done. Called up a buddy and bought him breakfast. Came home and painted a sandblasted burner pot. Tydied up the shop and then went to watch one of the kids soccer games. Allmost had a parent riot at the game. Real fun
On the way home a friend calls about a salter that I'm going to turn into a bagger so I drop the son off and run over to check it out. Made a great deal and stopped for a cup with a friend on the way home. Upon returning home the news was that there was no hot water. Forgot my boiler for six days and she run out of the good stuff. Decided that since it was such a beautiful springlike day that I would give the machine a good cleaning. I have been using a lot of extra coal. But was going to wait untill I ripped the sheetrock down in a friends kitchen. Good news for them, the water leak wasn't caused by the shower upstairs but was caused but the ice backing up on the soffit. Insurance claim. So when I got home and started on the boiler it was pretty warm outside. This was the first time that I did a real good job cleaning the insides out. Started on the front door and worked my way to the back. I took the baffle plate off in the front and was able to reach all the way back to the top of the exchanger plates. The flyash was really caked up on there pretty heavily. Somehow the baffle plate went back on first try
Went around back and went through the 8" flue opening. Putting tee's on the exhaust is defineately a great thing. Thanks Mayor!! You cannot believe the amount of flyash that a boiler collects! I had to dump my vacumn three times before I was done.
Started her back up in a flash with Cowboy coal, another "thank you guys",and waited for the hot water to heat up while eating dinner. Tonight I think I'll work out in the barn again on one wall that needs some insulation and waferboard. Boy, I can't wait for spring to get here so I can go walking again.