Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: CoaLen On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:06 pm

Hello all,
I'da been here sooner but actually needed to accomplish something this morning.
I took a ride to Amish country and invested in another skid of rice coal. I'm thinking (hoping...wishing) it'll be all I need to get us through the rest of the winter. We'll see.
While I was there it occurred to me I might want to try getting a few bags of buck and see how that burns in the Koker. I'll have to do some more checking into that, but I think it'll be fun to experiment with. I also expect it'll give me a hotter fire.
When I got home and got the coal unloaded and stacked, I cleaned up and me and the missus got the income tax stuff put together and off to the accountant.
Having done what needed to be done, I'm here doing what I like to do, coalforuming.
Anyhow, good talkin' to ya. Thanks for the invite.
-Len
CoaLen
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker
Coal Size/Type: rice

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:13 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:
it's been 3 years since we installed the stove and I’ve never touched the pipes. You know that there has to be a pile of flyash in there.



If you have a back vent model:
You will find a lot of flyash at the pipe connector on the stove. On the Mark series the ash likes to accumulate behind the baffle. If there is an elbow installed the ash will be all over the floor when you remove the pipe. A tee with a cap on one end makes the cleaning much easier.


Boy! Were you right about the flyash in the pipe connector! There was about 1 1/2 inches in the bottom of the pipe. And behind what I think is the baffle (inside the stove but separate from the fire box) was packed solid with the stuff. The whole thing was relatively easy but could have been easier if my baro had arrived by now. That way I wouldn't have had to move the stove at all or remove the piping. My husband has this big steel rod he uses to move/dig up stumps with and I used that to move the stove out about an inch. Then he, my teenage daughter and I used it to lift the stove just a little and line up the screw holes. Thank God for simple tools like the lever and wheel!

Now I'm off to relight my fire and will watch the CO2 monitor for any accumulation. Thanks for all your help in my getting this done. Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:29 pm

Lisa you are an amazing women! You got a sister? Opps! Never mind. Here comes my wife. :shock:
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal


Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:06 pm

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 :lol: 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. :o 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. :)
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: billw On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:39 pm

Dam Scot, I got tired just reading what you did today. :)
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:43 pm

You should tell that to my wife :) Scott
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: coal-cooker On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:26 pm

Evening Freddie, hope you got the snow blower gased up. It looks like another good one for tomorrow into monday. They're calling for 6 to12 inches in my area, but it looks like you are right in the path for the 12 to 18 inches. Glad to hear the furnace is performing so great. The used Harman Mark II I bought last spring is doing great. I'm sick of winter though, and would like to be able to say it's over. Probably at least one more good one in March. You must have quite a mass os snow piled up. I know I have had over 4 feet so far this winter and most of it is still on the ground. I know it's been pretty cold up there. How much coal have used so far? I've went through just over 5 tons so far.
coal-cooker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Crane/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Cooker/Mark II

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:43 pm

coal-cooker wrote:you are right in the path for the 12 to 18 inches.


I have a plan.... When the first snow flake hits the ground, I'm going to go ignite the coal bin! Ohhh Mama!! I won't need the snowblower! Heeheeee! :) :)

I've used about 3 ton so far. Right as planned. The Axeman Anderson squeezes the coal and makes it scream before it extracts the BTU's. I truly believe it's more efficient than other boilers during the winter. I think it won't be so efficient during the summer. Time will tell! I still don't know if I'm going to run it all year or not.

The one thing that most people don't realize about Maine.... come this April when the snow melts, when there is 4" os snow left on the ground, that snow is THE snow that fell the week before Thanksgiving. *sigh*. I'm ready to see that snow!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:00 pm

Freddie, you are burning the candle on both ends today! Up before 5 should get you prone by 8! Another 10 to 12" of snow tomorrow PM for us, then windy on Monday..... Keep the Jameson stoked and our barn friends warm! I think you will be pleasantly surprised by running the 130 during the summer. Heck, Ice-out won't be until June anyway! How is your friend enjoying his AHS S130? I'm guessing that your coal consumption will be about the same. Did he get the auger option, or is he using the standard hopper?
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:07 pm

And behind what I think is the baffle (inside the stove but separate from the fire box) was packed solid with the stuff.


Yep, that's what happens. Harman doesn't mention anything about it in the manual. I guess the flyash won't build up there if you never shake the fire....
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:48 pm

Freddy wrote:Good morning! There's a big ol' pot of cyber coffee ready to fill your waiting cups. Don't be shy, add some words & it's right good!
Fred


Freddy, Was it really a "Good Morning", at 5:00-6:00AM?
Or are you just finishing up your "Friday night""?
:shots: :cheers: :shots: :cheers:
Now THAT would be impresive. :D

Chris F.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:51 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:
And behind what I think is the baffle (inside the stove but separate from the fire box) was packed solid with the stuff.


Yep, that's what happens. Harman doesn't mention anything about it in the manual. I guess the flyash won't build up there if you never shake the fire....



I was amazed! It never crossed my mind that the ash was building up but thanks to the forum when my fire started acting up I could put 2 and 2 together and fix it. The new fire is burning well and the coal bed is almost back to normal. I'd say the stove was burning like new but I didn't know what I was doing then so the stove wasn't doing much of anything - certainly not keeping us very warm. :D Thanks again, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:22 pm

lowfog01 wrote:I was amazed! It never crossed my mind that the ash was building up but thanks to the forum when my fire started acting up I could put 2 and 2 together and fix it. The new fire is burning well and the coal bed is almost back to normal. I'd say the stove was burning like new but I didn't know what I was doing then so the stove wasn't doing much of anything - certainly not keeping us very warm. :D Thanks again, Lisa


In the Mark stoves, the ash will build up on top of the baffle plate and if you have a rear exhaust port, it will fill the space around that port. The fly ash on top of the baffle will insulate the air flow channels so cleaning that off occasionally helps get the heat off the stove and into the room. Using a shop vac with the drywall dust bag is how I clean off the top of the baffle, although it is a very tight fit for the vac nozzle. Its a good idea to vacuum the baffle plate off at the end of the season so it doesn't corrode/degrade over the summer.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:25 am

Oh gosh, I'm late this morning! Had to go tend the Jamesway in the barn, walk the dogs, make some coffee before I could come on line. I guess some have never noticed that I keep odd hours...well...I don't keep them, they keep me. My back won't let me sleep for more than 4 hours or so. It's been 5 years since I saw 7 hours sleep, but, I do nap during the day. I'll often crash for 35 minutes, sometimes once a day, sometimes 3 times. No biggie! It keeps me from gathering dust.

DVC500_at_last wrote:Freddy, Was it really a "Good Morning", at 5:00-6:00AM?


Any morning that our feet make it to the floor is a good morning! :)

Who's up for home made blueberry pancakes? Real Maine maple syrup! (Real hand picked Maine blueberries too) Come on people, up & at 'em! Move it! Move it! :)
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Saturday coffee shop. Stop in & chat!

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:29 am

yea i think i got time for pancakes before i tear into this 84 grand marquis
lincolnmania
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore