GaryFerg wrote:Along the same lines i have a energy king hand fired boiler and have trouble running through coal it only lasts 8 hours and sometimes less and I seem to be using a lot of coal. 4 ton so far on a 2400 square foot house. Any suggestion?
My house is 2200' and a leaker, I've gone through about 4 tons so far this year so you aren't too far off (generally 5 tons per year). Try filling it a lot more to get longer burns, load the coal right up against the steel where it has water behind it
. I run 4-6" above the bottom of the door in the center of the boiler, I stay shy of the ends where the steel is bare. The fire is healthier and I have less trouble with clinkers, it will go 16-20 hours if needed without losing it. Mine is a small (90K) boiler that I believe is similar to yours.
The first thing I would do is double check that damper for proper draft with a manometer or draft gauge. If it is always open, there is a good chance you need a bigger one. That may be where your coal is going... up the chimney.