Piece of History

Piece of History

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:16 pm

I just had someone give this to me, thinking I could use it with my Stoker, which burns rice. I took it with a "Thank you, thank you, thank you". The cover says it was patented in "June 5th, 1917".
Anyone else still using one of these?
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009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: RMA On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:42 pm

Not every day does one see one of those...er...sifters?

Is that to sift the unburnt coal from the ash?

I suppose it would keep down the dust nicely...
& it looks quite fresh for an Octogenarian.
Pretty-neat!

Bob
RMA
 

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:49 pm

thats a neat piece of history there.
i could put that to work for you. ;)
plenty of coal to sift here. 8-)
mark
New Hope Engineer
 
Stove/Furnace Make: RUSSO
Stove/Furnace Model: CW-2


Re: Piece of History

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:04 pm

RMA wrote:Is that to sift the unburnt coal from the ash?


You could use it for that but I'd venture to guess it was meant for use with regular coal. Basically a small screening "plant". The breakers use the same thing. The screen you see inside it vibrates inside a large plant, you can actually see the building shake over at Hudson.

If you were able to get your hands on some unsized coal you could run it through that, even if you were cracking it yourself. For example if you went to the breaker and asked they may let you scrape up all the breakage and waste from various places at a considerable discount. Just an easy way to separate all the dirt and dust so nothing left but Pea or larger.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:38 pm

I was told it had been used to sift ashes, to capture or collect unburnt coal. I had guessed it could be used to sift mine-run to get out the fines/dirt.
Its a very simplistic design. Amazing it had a US Patent. For anyone who wants to try and design their own, It could be duplicated very easily.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: mozz On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:55 pm

At first i thought it was a mailbox to shred all the junk mail the USPS delivers. :) :D
mozz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 1982 AA-130 Steam

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:40 pm

That screen isn't fine enough to sift the ash from a stoker burning rice. Back in the day hand-fed units burning stove/nut/pea and producing ash were everywhere, that's what that sifter was made for. I suggest you send it along to me, I'll make good use of it! :D Unless you plan to go with a hand fed real man stove, that is. ;)
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: Piece of History

PostBy: coal berner On: Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:09 pm

Nice ASH Sifter like it was mention above they where ment to sift the coal out of the ash made for the larger coal
like in the hand fed stoves / furnaces the sceen is 1/2 good for pea nut stove & bigger buck. Rice & barley will fall threw the screen .
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: BigBarney On: Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:22 am

What is the patent # on the sifter?


Bigbarney
BigBarney
 

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:52 pm

Can't read the number. It was printed on the paper label, and has been rubbed off. Printed in red across the top are the words " .........E MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFFICE" .
Stamped in the hopper cover below the paper label are the words "U.S. PATENT JUNE 5th 1917".
Amazing condition, nothing but some minor surface rust. Even the screen has no rust.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:55 pm

mozz wrote:At first i thought it was a mailbox to shred all the junk mail the USPS delivers. :) :D

Yes, it really does look like a mailbox welded to the lid of a steel garbage can.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: rocketjeremy On: Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:31 pm

Believe it or not I just saw one of these for sale at an auction at Leesport, PA. I didn't "need" one but I should have stayed around to see what it fetched....maybe next time. I just got a laugh when my dad said something about a mailbox welded to the top of a trash can lid and I just had read this thread!
rocketjeremy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF-520
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:45 pm

rocketjeremy wrote:Believe it or not I just saw one of these for sale at an auction at Leesport, PA. I didn't "need" one but I should have stayed around to see what it fetched....

Yeah, that would have been interesting to learn how much it sells for.
But then again, A Piece of History is Priceless :D
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:09 am

Gives new scope and meaning to the words Hamster Power. Very Cool Contraption.
stovepipemike
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Piece of History

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:16 am

we have one here.....different brand but looks almost the same
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