I've burned coal for years. First hand fired, then I got a Leisure Line stoker. My house
is a big old grist mill with 2000 sq ft per floor. We heat two floors and the ground floor
basement is unheated. Old Houses
The stoker and hand fired stoves work well to keep the main living
floor warm and the heat rises to the bedrooms up stairs, but the bathrooms are cut off
from the heat unless the doors are alway open. It's tough to train quests and others to leave
bathroom doors open. Soooo I got the idea to build a small stoker boiler to heat the three
bathrooms and give the basement a little heat to help keep the floors warm. Can't be that
hard or time consuming. Oh yes it can.
Building the boiler was the easy
and cheap part.
Fabricating is what I do for a living. The design was provided by a consultant that rents
office space form us. He dove right in and dreamed up a beauty.
A pipe design with removable and reflective side panels. The balancing tubes are internal.
The domed cap provides space for the bulk of the water and the domestic hot water.
The removable base gave me access to weld the pipes and inner welds and the ability to
determine the location of the smoke pipe.
The side panels have a polished stainless panel that faced the heat. The cap has a reflective panel also.
We insulated the body and skinned it with 409 stainless. Gave it a test fire and dragged it home.
This is where the fun and expense started.
Not only was the SOB heavy as all get out, but if fit through the door with only a hair to spare.
My fingers are getting tired. I'll get to the fun part in a few hours.
There seems to be an extra picture that i can't get rid of. No matter.