just bought a new/used boiler!

just bought a new/used boiler!

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:54 am

Finally the day has come where I actually own a coal boiler! I've been saving my pennies for a EFM 520 when I saw one advertised for $1200 so I went and bought it. Nice looking unit, well worth the 10 hour round trip drive to the Hazelton. PA area from western NY. Date stamped 1990 so it isn't that old, as far as I can tell it looks like a good one, the guy said it worked great but he was older and didn't want to deal with the ash anymore. The hot water coil is newer. The only thing I can see wrong with it is the base is rusted a bit along the bottom in the corner under where the chimney pipe goes in, a little furnace cement should fix it easily. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being easy and 10 being impossible I rate this basement removal project a solid 9, maybe 9.5. The boiler is extremely heavy. I don't have a heat exchanger hooked up yet so it won't be fired up for a while. On a side note it rained on my way home and all the soot in the furnace reacted to the water overnight and surface rusted everything, I got it all cleaned up and oiled but holy crap I couldn't believe how quick it started to rust up.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:17 am

Congrats, you bought a great boiler. The dealer I used to get coal from had one of those. They used it year round for heat and hot water in a commercial building. The dealer said his dad lit it up in'72 and it has been going ever since.

We are waiting for pics. :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

PostBy: ktm rider On: Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:58 pm

Congrats, Hope you have good luck with it. the best part about heating with a coal boiler/stove is sticking it to the oil companies and giving American money to American coal miners... :twisted:
ktm rider
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS Multifuel
Stove/Furnace Model: CO 55 with oil backup

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PostBy: Duengeon master On: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:59 pm

congrats on your new toy! :P I just bought a Harmon mark 3 on ebay for $400.00 :hotsun: I have been waiting for 2 years for a deal like that to come along! 8) Now all I need to do is travel 200 mi, to Bedford Pa. to pick it up. :turn-l: :wink: :occasion5:
Duengeon master
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:41 am

e.alleg, Congratulations!! That is a real find. That boiler is still just a 'teenager'! Do you have force air heat or hot water heat in your house?
Ebay often has some pretty good deals on heat exchangers, both water/air and water/water. Search Ebay under 'outdoor wood boiler'. If you don't find what you want I may have some links to other companies.

Dungeon Master, that was a steal ! You will really enjoy using that Mark III. It will even burn that 'reclaimed' butuminous you bring home. :)

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

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