Yanche wrote:In warm weather I look at my boiler every 3-4 days. In cold weather I look at it every 2-3 days. If the weather forcast is for temperatures near zero I would raise the aquastat set temperature.
Ditto here! I keep it at 140 unless it gets really cold, then I'll set it up to 150 maybe. I'll adjust the mixing valve on my water to air heat exchanger up also. I normally have about 90 degree water flowing through it. When it gets cold, like last night, I'll bump it up to 100-110.
I look at it most every day, but as it is a stoker also, that's all I have to do is look. When I read the posts from the guys with hand fired stoves and boilers who are having problems keeping it burning right or getting too hot in milder weather, I feel smart (lucky) to have decided on a stoker.
I know I sound like a broken record with this advice, but anyone browsing this forum and considering switching to coal should strongly consider a coal stoker boiler, instead of a stove, regardless of what type of heat they now have. (elecrtric baseboard ecluded)
Warm, even, controllable heat, with free domestic hot water as a bonus.