installing surdiac 513 d

installing surdiac 513 d

PostBy: michael2009 On: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:06 am

just got a surdiac 513 d , does anyone out there have one? need help installing thanks
Stove/Furnace Make: surdiac 513
Stove/Furnace Model: 513 d

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Re: installing surdiac 513 d

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:35 am

use the search feature on your specific Model, you might want to post in the HAND FIRED section. more people may see it.

Some of these may help.
Has anyone ever tried nut size coal in Surdiac?

COLD IN NH, heh, another newb to coal stoves with questions
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: installing surdiac 513 d

PostBy: wlape3 On: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:48 am

I used to have a 715. I didn't install it but after using it for 10 years I'm pretty familiar with how it was piped up. Here is a link for parts.
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.

Surdiacs move the hot air by natural convection which actually works pretty well but you need to think about where you are going to install it because the room it is in will get pretty hot. Mine was in the living room and it would get to be around 78 degrees when the rest of the house was 72-75. Having a ceiling fan in the room helps move the air around. You can also use any existing air circulation system to move the hot air around the house, I used my AC blower, but most of the time it's unnecessary.

These are natural draft units and seem to work best with a regular chimney.

Your unit is a medium stove and mine was a large one. Mine would heat the whole house most of the time and I did have electric baseboard heating in all the rooms which supplanted the stove on the really cold nights. At the time I was living in the Reading, PA area where it doesn't get that cold but more than a few times a year. I don't know if yours will put out enough heat for your whole house but it will certainly make a large part of it very comfy.

My vent was standard 6" (if memory serves me correctly) stove pipe with a baro. This worked very well most of the time.

Shaking the stove is a bit of an art because you don't want to overshake it or undershake it. Short, stabbing strokes seemed to work best.

Starting the stove can be a chore but I'm sure some of the techniques discussed here would cut down on the time required. I used charcoal briquettes and newspaper to start mine and then layered on the coal slowly once the briquettes were white hot. Once you start to get blue flames you can add more coal and finally fill the hopper once you have a good fire built up.

Mine had two height settings for the internal hopper. One was for wood, the other was for pea coal. I never used it to burn wood and my understanding was it did not do it very well.

The manufacturer recommends pea coal and I never bought anything else. However, I did get some rather large size pieces which burned well. I suspect nut or a nut/pea mix will work but you will have to try it first.

Let me know if I can help.

Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Auger
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska