EFM 350

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:57 pm

There in the house! That's 3/4 of the battle.

Now you can just bang some plumbing on there then you'll have time to go out and fix up that Falcon!

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

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Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:31 pm

They are all inside now except one for the 2nd floor that I need help with. We'll see how the plumbing progresses.
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That old heap??? It's been around for years.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:27 pm

Nice!

I see the "Inspector" needed to have a close look at your handiwork!

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:58 pm

All work must meet his approval.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:08 pm

EFM 10-27-16.mov
Both zones running!
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CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:19 pm

Now that's called "Cooking with coal!" ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:27 pm

I'm very fond of that hunk of steel.

One of the best investments I've ever made.
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:11 am

Yesterday after I had the chimney brushed I shut off the power to the EFM and the draft inducer. The flue "dead ends" in the cellar, that means it ends where the opening for the smoke pipe is. I have a tee there, I went in and vacuumed out all the fly ash. There was a lot, been a few years since the last cleaning. The draft is noticeably better, I suspect there was a lot of fly ash that had collected at the bottom of the flue. When I was done I started the draft inducer, forgot to switch the boiler back on. It was probably around 2 PM. At 6:30 I turned up the kitchen t-stat. Nothing happened. :shock: I ran down onto the cellar and switched the EFM back on. After a bit a little flame popped up out of the fire pot. :D
I ordered the caps online from http://www.chimcapcorp.com, I was trying to find the best caps available, they seem very sturdy. Shipping was fast, had them in 2 days.
They answered my emails promptly, both caps and the leg kit were just under $200 with shipping.

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EFM chimney cap, it went on the chimney for the hand fed.
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New caps on the EFM flue and the liner for the wood stove insert.
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New EFM flue cap.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

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Re: EFM 350

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:58 am

Wood'nCoal wrote: forgot to switch the boiler back on. It was probably around 2 PM. At 6:30 I turned up the kitchen t-stat. Nothing happened. :shock: I ran down onto the cellar and switched the EFM back on. After a bit a little flame popped up out of the fire pot. :D

Nice catch!

Amazing how long these thing hold a fire despite us turning them off and forgetting about them!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:16 pm

That's the longest I've ever let it go. Usually when I clean the boiler I don't loose the fire, but that is an hour tops. I never imagined it could go that long. There was a very good draft, it was breezy out and I did have the inducer running. I wonder how much longer it could have gone?
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:47 pm

I had written how much better the boiler flue was drafting after the cleaning, attributed it to flyash buildup. BUT.....

I installed the new chimney caps on the front chimney, one flue is for the boiler, the other for the Fisher wood insert. I moved the old cap (Homesaver brand) to the chimney for the Harman. Since I lit the stove 9 days ago the baro is not opening nearly as much as it has in the past. In the cold that chimney drafts like a vacuum cleaner. Now the baro is more lazy, even with the high winds.

It's not a problem because the stove is operating fine, just interesting how that cap made such a difference. It's the cap shown in an earlier post laying on the ground before I cleaned it.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:05 pm

I have found the same thing with chimney caps. They really knock the draft down. If you have draft to spare it's not a problem. If your draft is marginal, it's better not to use a cap.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:27 pm

I was quite surprised to see the baro not reacting the was I was used to. The chimney drafts well, it's about 2.5 stories, chimney block with a 6X6 liner, was built for the range that was once in the kitchen years ago.
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:54 pm

It's gone out!!! Lost the fire today.

I was thinking I should switch on the draft inducer this morning but I didn't listen to that little voice again. :bang: This afternoon the temperature hit the upper fifties, I knew it wasn't gonna be good. The big old chimney is still very cold. Got home and opened the cellar door and heard the stoker running. No draft at all. The fresh coal didn't make it off the ash ring. Relighting shortly.

The Harman is at a half turn open on the air, on a low simmer. A few windowstats open.
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: EFM 350

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:07 pm

Me to!

Probably my own fault, as usual. It can be challenging keeping these things going in this mild weather.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

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