greetings board members I am new to the forum a forme hard rock miner in salt country and have plans to replace a 25 year old Sweitzer (cww 100,000 BTU)coal wood boiler-hot water and domestic loop.
I am looking intently at a number of coal stoker brands and I have settled on the AHS 130 or 260 for a number of reasons; overall size of the unit old converted school house and my gettiing older being the major factor-makes me wish I had purchased the "Van Wert Anthratherm" 26 years ago and elimated the oil burner.
Currently using hydronic heat and will be switching to steam in the near future in different housing: how difficult is it to move steam on a horizontal set up? is it even possible with a one pipe or two pipe system- I have really gotten to hate hydronic baseboard heat.
Onward to my horror story;
Having burned soft wood, hardwood, chestnut and stove coal in this boiler since 1982 with varying results (burns great with a windstorm etc.-not helping matters is a 18 foot 8 by 12 block chimney with a clay flue liner etc.with a grand fathered oil boiler in a second entrance point with a barometric damper for the oil burner which is a 19 year old Buderus.
The fire box in the swietzer is 12 by 24 with two grates so it has its moments of feast or famine.
The Buderus replaced a 35 year old "Avco Lycoming boiler" in 1988.
(my luck the Reillo oil burner I had which replaced an original equipment burner in the old avco lycoming boiler in 1983 was so old I could not get parts for it in 1999 -ouch-take that you stupid consumer!! (the old boiler which I was told leaked, by a dishonest plumber did not-after finding out it did not leak by a friend who took it off my hands) the old chimney will go of course etc.
The "Buderus Logana" will stay with separate chimney in the same garage as back up to make steam.
I have a few questions.
If I want to use an auger or preferably a "Little Giant" elevator with a recieving hopper to feed the stoker from a bin rather than using a gravity fed hopper after reading the forum.
1. How do I start a fire in the AHS stoker-kerosene with a soaked rag?
2. How does it (the auger/elevator) know when to start and stop?
3. Can I use wood pellets if I so wish with a lesser burn etc.
Well enough with putting up with me on my first posting.
I look forward to your responses.