Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:22 pm

Well maybe the stove knows I am an American or maybe I am just a moron but I am having one hell of a time with my Franco Belge 144.08.02. I finally got the coal burning (truly thought for a while I was trying to light concrete instead of coal) and was very excited that my new to me coal stove was running. So I added some coal in the hopper and to my great suprise it burned all night long. I shook down the ashes this morning and when my g/f got home around 6 hours later the damn stove was ice cold and of course not burning coal. So this evening I am starting from scratch once again.

First and foremost does anyone have a damn manual for this thing? What setting should I have the hopper feed plate set at? Also what is the steel plate that sits in the back of the stove and folds down over the ash grates? After I took all of the unburned coal out of the stove this evening I found that ash had clogged up in the grates and sufficated the fire. There were some white stones or burned coal in the bottom along with some reddish colored ones. Is this indicative of bad coal? Also what setting do you guys leave the dial set at? Obviously 8 (all the way open) when starting the fire but what about after it has caught? Also do these things make heat like a wood stove? Last night even with the stove burning quite nicely we were not overlay warm. Anything else you can think of? The stove is in great condition and it came with a half ton of pea coal. I could not get the pea coal to light though with a flair or charcoal so I used some nugget coal I had here and then added pea. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.

Glenn

Owner of (1) Franco Belge 144.08.02 and (3) Coal Brookedale Darby Stoves
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Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

Re: Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:09 am

A friend of mine has a Franco. He used it for a month, then replaced it with a different stove.... not that he wasn't happy with the Franco, he was going through a "buy a solid fuel appliance every two weeks" phase and rotated the Franco Belge to his shop that he only heats occasionally. But, part of the reason to move it down the line was that he's not living at the spot with the stove is and he pretty quickly found it likes to be shaken about every 6 hours. If he shook it often and kept the ashes from building up til they touched the grates, it burned beautifully, although it's not a high output machine.
The feed plate has three settings, small for pea, large for nut, medium for large pea or small nut? My friend ran only pea.

grobinson2 wrote:Also what is the steel plate that sits in the back of the stove and folds down over the ash grates?


I thought that was part of the feed mechanism. Can you post a photo?

Did you make sure the back elbows are clean?
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: Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:38 pm

Hey,
Thanks for getting back to me. I went to the local coal broker today and got some nice looking blashack or however you say it. Looks like really good stuff, anyway thank you for the info on the steel plates that are in the stove. Are you sure this stove is supposed to burn/take nut coal? Also do you know of anyone that has a manual for this thing? I can not find one anywhere.

Thanks again,
Glenn
grobinson2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

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Re: Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:44 pm

I think pea coal is best for that stove.
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: Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: beemerboy On: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:49 am

I used a different model Franco-Belge for about 15 years.

F-B's like pea coal. I got the longest burn time with the hopper in the top most position. The plate that goes up against the inside back of the stove is there to protect the back of the stove from extreme heat as that is one side of the hopper.

To start the fire I built a small wood fire with kindling and when that caught I added a couple of larger pieces keeping in mind the small fire box. Once the larger pieces caught with a good flame I added a small amount of coal and waited for about five minutes and then added a little more coal. I did that a couple more times until the coal was lit and then I filled the hopper to the top. I usually had the stove lit in about twenty minutes.

Patience is the key.

Shake down about every six to eight hours is best, although most of the time I could go about ten hours.
beemerboy
 
Stove/Furnace Make: SAEY
Stove/Furnace Model: Hannover 1

Re: Franco Belge 144.08.02 (HELP)

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:37 pm

Hey thanks Man. It was a warm one today and yesterday but I am going to give what you said a try. Thanks again,
Glenn
grobinson2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

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