It's Alive!

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:41 pm

Nice. So this is what all this stealth mode is about. :clap: toothy
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:18 pm

Wow Rob, my hands got warm just holding them near the screen. very impressive set up.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Invader 2
Baseburners & Antiques: Wings Best, Glenwood #8(x2) Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice,
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Pacowy On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:12 pm

I think he's been working on making it even quieter than it was in the hope that his wife won't notice when he moves it to the living room. :lol:

Mike
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
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Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:15 pm

Pacowy wrote:I think he's been working on making it even quieter than it was in the hope that his wife won't notice when he moves it to the living room. :lol:

Mike


She already told me just because I have it dressed up and quiet doesn't mean it can change locations. :(
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:44 pm

For some odd reason it is very difficult not to video our boilers running. :D

Nice job!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:55 am

Added a piece of 1" thick ceramic insulation "blanket" to the inside of the fire door. It fit so well that I did not even have to glue it. So far the results are pretty encouraging. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of heat coming from the door when the stoker is running. Cost for the insulation was $24, and there is enough left to do my brother's EFM as well.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:01 am

Nice!

All of our T-Stats were turned on today. No heat calls from any of them yet though. So at this end I'm still waiting to be able to say "It's Alive!". Soon though, I reckon.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:07 am

I am only running the EFM for domestic hot water until the drum is empty, then I need to shut it down and clean the fines out. I also have a clean out tee to replace the 90 degree elbow currently on the flue outlet of the boiler.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:31 am

The T-Stat for our bedroom zone loop just made a heat call, and in response the bedroom loops zone valve opened and the circulator turned on. And soon after that the boiler fired up. It's alive!!!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:31 pm

The insulation on the fire door is a good idea. Without it, the fire door can get very, very hot. It's nice to be able to accidentally brush against it without getting burnt!

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Gentleman Janitor GJ-51/EFM S-20 conversion boiler, BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor small one piece GJ-51
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Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Rice and Buckwheat (when I can get it!)
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Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:47 am

This morning it is 12 degrees outside and the EFM is starting to get into a good rhythm. The basement seems cooler, and the door on the boiler is not smoking hot like it used to be, so I am pretty happy with the ceramic insulation.

Also, a while back I posted about a new circulator I installed: Grundfos Alpha Installed

At the same time I replaced the circulator that is between the EFM and the oil boiler, and I set the new circulator on "speed 2". Compared to the Taco 007 that was in there before, this should result in a reduction in flow rate between the two boilers. The temperature gauges confirm that - previously I saw hardly any difference in temperature from the supply and return on the EFM, now I am seeing about 10 degrees. Seems like a good thing to have a bigger delta between the heat exchanger in the boiler and the temperature of the flue gasses? Maybe that is a stretch...but the system is certainly quieter, and seems to be the most efficient it has ever been.



Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:57 pm

Wow, immaculate heating system Rob! Nice videos, I like how you can set it to use the stored heat between the two boilers before firing, that's a pretty smart setup. 8-)
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
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Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:01 pm

Lightning wrote:Wow, immaculate heating system Rob! Nice videos, I like how you can set it to use the stored heat between the two boilers before firing, that's a pretty smart setup. 8-)

+1, now I see how his house heats up before the coffee is done.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:28 pm

SWPaDon wrote:
Lightning wrote:Wow, immaculate heating system Rob! Nice videos, I like how you can set it to use the stored heat between the two boilers before firing, that's a pretty smart setup. 8-)

+1, now I see how his house heats up before the coffee is done.


Well, it depends how cold it is. Today at 12 degrees with no wind is easy, but when it is zero with the wind roaring there is no "heating up"...more like holding the line.

I never turn the heat down when it is brutally cold, mainly because I would not want the water to stop circulating for any amount of time.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: It's Alive!

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:13 pm

I timed it this morning. My fire went out and the oil was running when I woke up, the temp was 68. I turned the oil up to 72, snapped on the coffeemaker. Coffee took 7 minutes, oil furnace shut off at 14 minutes, LOL.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace