Hello djackman, those are 'clinker tongs', like giant salad tongs
With Bituminous stokers, the coal is supposed to clinker, making it easier to remove the ashes.. well that really didn't make a lot of sense, I'll try to explain.
The Bituminous stokers don't have an ash pan. The stoker's firepot is slid into the boiler/furnace through the unit's [removed] ashpan doorway, the firepot centered in the burn chamber [grates removed] then refractory cement is poured around the firepot, making a solid surface between the firpot and the walls of the burn chamber. As the coal is pushed up into the firepot, it burns and clinkers, heat-welds together, making big clinkers that fall off to the sides onto the shelf of refractory cement.. The daily or sometimes every 3-4 hour job is to open the door and using the clinker tongs, remove the accumulated fused ash. Then if needed use the hoe and poker to clean up the refractory shelf so more clinkers can accumulate.
Bituminous coal costs 1/4-1/3 of what anthracite costs, and back in the 1930's and 40's when the Iron Fireman and other underfeed Bituminous stokers were popular, Bituminous was very cheap. These stokers were designed and for a while were able to hold off the switch-over to 'cheap and easy' oil burners for the home heating systems.. but eventually oil won out.
I own two of these Iron Fireman stoker units, and have been searching ebay for years trying to find one of the owners manuals that you have.. Can I ask you to please make a photo copy of it for me? I'll reimburse all costs..
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I'm going to move this to the Bituminous forum.