wood pellets in coal stoker?

wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: evilstevie On: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:05 pm

I hope that question doesn't get me banned. :D

Just wondering if it's possible for me to run wood pellets through my Keystoker 90. I'd do it more out of curiosity than anything else.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:16 pm

get back to us when you try it, be intersting to see what happens, not sure of the feed mechanism and how it will shovel pellets vs coal. My only initial concen may be the fire backing up into the supply box but maybe i'm wrong, I guess I would watch it for a few hrs to see if the pellets/ash clump together or whatever.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:17 pm

evilstevie wrote:I hope that question doesn't get me banned. :D

Why if I could burn horse turds and make some real btu's, if the price $$$ was right ,why not ? I don't have an answer but I wonder if corn would burn in my stoker. I believe some of the efm's were listed as biofuel.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:19 pm

I think the issue you're going to have is the bed design. They have used and approved them in EFM's and other fuel like corn but the EFM has an underfed pot which is completely different than the bed design.

They do recommend a mixture and if you're going to experiment I'd go that route.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:09 am

I believe this was discussed previously, most of the designs of the stokers would not allow pellets to burn correctly (it would probalby work for a while). However, the flames would probably burn back up the plate and into the hopper and possibly make a real mess. :(

Actually, if the stoker block stopped at a closed position to the hopper every time, it MIGHT work, so the flames can't get back up the hopper opening. I definately wouldn't try it with a carpet type feeder (LL, Alaska, etc..)
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:07 am

I have experimented in burning both corn and pellets in my paddle type stoker. Do a search on burning corn in a stoker. Due to the inherent dangers associated with pellets, they have a unique delivery system. They auger in and above the fire where they free fall into a burn cup. They do this because heat alone can ignite pellets. I tried pellets but I was constantly watching it due to the flammability of the pellets if they are even close to the fire. Due to my own inante sense of fear regarding purpously starting a fire where it is not supposed to be, I quite with the pellets. Corn will do the same thing and that is also why it has a delivery system similar to pellets but not so much. Burning any type of fuel in a stove not designed for that fuel can cause all types of problems if you are not diligent and don't do your homework. However with that said, we all tweek and try different things in search of the "perfect" burn" at the most economical levels.

I experimeted with a 90/10, 80/20, and finally to a 50/50 mix of rice coal in my stoker stove. No adverse effects other than a burned corn smell outside. If you have a supply of field corn or as some folks call it, hog corn, mix a batch of corn and coal and introduce it under controlled circumstances. Keep notes and let us know how it turns out. Due to my success with my stoker, I intend to plant some field corn this spring and add it to my rice coal for the stove and for the boiler. They both burn rice coal and I know it works in my equipment. Never intoduce a new fuel type unitl you have researched it completely and read all the pro's and con's.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: evilstevie On: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:38 pm

I e-mailed this question to Keystoker yeserday, and their response was that the fire would crawl back into the hopper if I used wood pellets.

I guess I'll scratch that experiment off of the list.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:53 pm

evilstevie wrote:I guess I'll scratch that experiment off of the list.


Sounds like a plan. :) As I mentioned the EFM have underfed pot,. The fire would have to creep through about 10 foot of pipe.
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Re: wood pellets in coal stoker?

PostBy: ceccil On: Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:19 pm

evilstevie wrote:run wood pellets through my Keystoker 90


Sacrilege, thats like feeding the President "SPAM" :lol:
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