Thanks for responding, Glen. The burn pot looks like it is burning fairly even. Before I fired it up I cleaned between all the rings with a thin blade screwdriver and then blew them out with air. I did this through the fire door and did not remove the burn pot which I did not want to get involved with. Where would this flapper or removeable door be located? I did not see anything like this. The stoker is mounted on an 18" high cement block base and is 55" high, 53"long and 25" wide. It has the fire pot door, the ash door and a removeable side panel where the filters, motor, Buss fuse box and a controll box where the thermostat wires feed off of. There is also a controll box mounted on the ouside of the stove. This box looks like it has temp and fan settings and an auto and manual setting for the fan. The fan runs all the time on the auto setting and the wall mount thermostat that I bought and hooked the wires up to from the stoker does not change the temp setting even if I turn it all the way down. I am not familiar with the electrical aspects of the stoker as my previous stove,at my other house, was a Harman Mark III wood/coal hand fed unit. My best bet would be to try and find someone in my area to come and look at the stoker and go over the settings and teach me how to operate it properly but nobody that I called wanted to be bothered because of it being so old and not being made anymore. It looks to be in good shape and does heat the lower level of the house good but the heat upstairs is lacking somewhat. The ducts from the stoker tie into the heatpump ducts. I tried to run the fan from the heat pump manually while the stoker was running but it blows cool air after while if left on. I imagine it will be hard to find someone that is familiar with an old Wagner stoker and with any luck I do hope to find someone. Thanks again for the response.
LsFarm wrote:Hello skookman, I don't know of anyone else on the forum that has a Wagner unit in service.. But you may have some luck, maybe someone will come across your post and be able to help.
Three tubs of ash per week may not be a lot, depending on the size of your house you are heating. When you say you have a lot of unburnt coal, is there a portion of the burn pot that is NOT burning , that is it is dark, and the rest of the pot is red coals?? This usually is cause by clogged up air passageways feed ing combustion air through the burn pot walls to the fire..
Did you clean the air-slots or air-holes in the burn pot really well before you started a fire? Also, fines [sand-sized coal pieces] can clog up the air holes and also get behind the air holes and clog up the air passageways. On most under-fire burnpot type stokers like yours, there is some sort of flapper, or moveable door that you open every day or week to dump the fines out of the air passageways.. Does your Wagner have such a fines-dump system??
Hope this helps.. Greg L