Make things a little easier on yourself!
Contact the people who built it and find out exactly what motor is supposed to be on it.
Just a suggestion!
Hi Greg WEll I hope you Sift the ashes and got all of the good coal outLsFarm wrote:Another observation Last night was the first full night of uninterupted use of the boiler. And I found another 'issue'.
The previous owner / operator must have compensated for the worn out grate linkage by turning the ash sensing temp to make the grate run almost continously. Since I was not able to read the markings on the temp sensor I left it alone. So last night I used a lot of coal, and a lot of half burnt coal was in the ash pan. $$%$$^& !!!
So I adjusted the temp sensor way down to the point that very little heat was required to have it stop the grate from shaking. Since I was able to maintain a fire for 5 days without any fan draft or grate shaking last week, I believe that I have the temp sensor set at a good starting point for 'fine-tuning' the setting.
The AA boiler manual is pretty specific about not using the black plastic knob to turn the temp adjustment, because it will slip on the shaft and ruin the calibration. Well this apparently happened to this temp sensor, so the pointer is just an indication, pointing at an irrelevant number on the scale.
So I'm still climbing the 'learning curve'.
LsFarm wrote:Yes, other than the make and model number of the motor, please find out how much a replacement fan for our 260m costs, and if it is available. I welded up a crack in mine, but I also found some pieces of a previous fan inside the boiler. [shrapnel !! ]
Since the fan makes the boiler what it is, without it the AA is just a big hunk of steel.
Also price a replacement auger. Try and find out if the make the auger or buy it from someone else. There are sources for the flighting only and they could just weld it inside a standard pipe. Those of you that want to make custom coal or ash handling systems should look at:U235a4 wrote:i know I'll be on the phone with Pete Axeman in the AM if anyone wants to add this to my list of this to ask him.