EnergyManager wrote:I like everything except that non american made forklift in the picture
stokerscot wrote:A good cleanout would be 4" or 5" slots across the back sides, a foot tall. On the same side as the stoker panels just farther back in the flyash cleanout. With the matching cutouts in the covers. Just enough to get your arm and a brush up the heat exchanger. Whistlenut is right Scott
stokerscot wrote:I can see where the new base is set up for the new boilers but like Jay says, the older boilers that require a new base could benefit alot from the slot in the side. I could clean my plate boiler from the side with a cleanout. Not all plate boilers have the removeable baffles in front of the plates. I have two here that don't. But it really don't matter. While I can't weld for crap, I am pretty good at cutting holes. Do you think cutting the slots would affect the performance of the new base, i.e. the structural integrety?? Scott
stoker-man wrote:You can clean between the plates by reaching into the flue outlet. From the side, you can't get between the plates on the new style boilers.
So, it seems to me that the only advantage another base design change would accomplish is to make it easier to detect a high level of flyash and to remove it with a vacuum.
One of our stoker dealers removes the smokepipe and uses a coffee can to scoop out the flyash and then vacuums. He hasn't run into a situation, where in a year's time, there was enough flyash to block the flue outlet. It was more apt to block up at the chimney base.