Warming up the Old Wheel Horse With Anthracite

Warming up the Old Wheel Horse with Anthracite

PostBy: snuffy On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:51 pm

Forecasters were warning of some nasty weather so I finally got around to pulling out the snow tires and my old Wheel Horse 414 with the snow blade attached from last year. All went well til I tried starting the old Horse, it wouldn't fire up unless I kept spraying gum cutter through the carb, uhmm. Since my Husqvarna Rider is my summer ride, I depend on the Wheel Horse to plow the stone driveways and sometimes the street out front.

Since it wouldn't stay running, I thought just get it out of the shed and tow it to the house. Well the wicked cold wind turned the Horse into a steel block about 200 feet from where I needed it to be. I suspected that the fuel pump or lines had frozen moisture in it and that kept it from running. I had no four wheel drive available and snow arrived so my front wheel drive vehicles weren't going to do the job - what to do??

Well yesterday and today I ran through a bunch of scenerios to move it - from calling a tow truck to eyeing up all the toys at Tractor Supply. All costly.

Then it struck me, why don't I take a pan of hot coals and place it under the engine and cover it with a canvas tarp for about ten minutes. Gave it a squirt of gum cutter and it fired right up. Moral of the story, never underestimate the many uses of anthracite coal.

To all, have a Merry Christmas!!

Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman SF250 & Mark III backup
Other Heating: Oil Hot Water

Re: Warming up the Old Wheel Horse with Anthracite

PostBy: Yanche On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:54 am

Yes, lots of uses for a coal fire. I've used an anthracite coal fire to burnout an old tree stump. Dug down some and put a bed of burning coal and then using an electric leaf blower was able to burn the stump out.

My wife's father was a civil engineer in charge of facilities at a VA Hospital in Fargo, ND. He would using burning coal dumped on the ground to warm it enough to dig when making winter time underground repairs. I saw a similar idea using propane. Concrete pipe was used as blow torch head. Open valve propane tanks supplied the fuel, leaf blowers supplied the combustion air. I ran like hell.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: Warming up the Old Wheel Horse with Anthracite

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:02 am

Theory being,no matter how great hi-tech stuff works--that old school stuff will get it done in a pinch---welcome to the world of common sense--my best to your father in law,probably belated:) Good for you snuffy--Merry Christmas to all ;)
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Warming up the Old Wheel Horse with Anthracite

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:21 pm

snuffy wrote: Gave it a squirt of gum cutter and it fired right up.


You may want to use something else besides gum cutter or eather, they will wipe the oil off the cylinder walls. I have used WD40 and PB blaster when engines sat for long, the problem is more the gas(new junk with enthalol absorbs moisture) evaporates, and gums the jets up.
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: Warming up the Old Wheel Horse with Anthracite

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:25 pm

Soltron is a decent additive for the new fuel issues and old carbs...
Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska