Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:03 pm

Hello all, I'll give some history here to start then on to the pictures... So, my neighbor heats his home using an outdoor wood boiler, both radiators/DHW, and as you may or may not know these wood boilers can be quite a bit of work when it comes to tending... Well, Old Fred over there 78 years old had a stroke recently and while he has fully recovered he just doesn't have the strength to fill that beast up anymore, so he relies on his son and daughters (all grown adults that live elsewhere) to tend to the boiler, they all take turns and I also pitch in to fill the gaps here and there... Fred wanted to ease up on them and extend the time between tending the wood beast so I suggested a Leisure Line stoker stove to help handle the load and offset the boiler a bit... Fred had a Quadra-Fire Isle Royale wood burning stove backed up into his masonary fireplace and his chimney (approx. 32' masonary) never could maintain a descent draft and would back-puff on a regular basis, his wife put an end to using that stove a few years ago so Fred sold it a month ago to afford a coal burner... In the 50 plus years that they have lived there Fred has dumped a ton of money into that chimney several times to try and get it to work right and it seems that no amount of money will fix it so venting through use of a powervent was the only option, at least the only 'wife approved' option... Now, the only hangup I had was that I only had 18" of hearth to work with, so, I contacted Dave @ LL and inquired about the Econo Sidewinder, Dave replied and suggested their new model the 'Lil' Heater' and offered to build one as a 'sidewinder' or side mounted hopper/feeder assembly to accomodate the small space I had to work with... After a few conversations the ball was rolling and this was going to work out great!!! Well, it did work out great and I wish to offer many many thanks to Dave, Matt and crew up there at Leisure Line for the great experience working with them and the great piece of equipment that they put together for us here... The install was complete as of last night 1-22-2011 and I got her lit up for the first time last night as well, which happened to be the coldest night of the winter season thus far, so good time to test it out!!! The Coal-Trol is set to take 100% of the heating duties during the overnight hours then back down in the morning where the wood boiler will take control again... Stopped over Fred's a few hours ago and he said the stove did an outstanding job overnight and he couldn't be one single bit happier with its performance... It used very little coal (maybe 20 pounds) during its 8 hour shift and will now sit at a firing rate of 'zero' on the Coal-Trol all day until it's called back into service tonight... It appears that with some fine tuning over the next week or two we can have the timing all figured out between the two heating units and they will compliment each other very very well and also be very efficient in the fuel department... Well, I think I've rambled on enough so on to some pictures of the install....
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Old Fred excited to meet his hew toy the day we brought it home!!!
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Knocked out 18" masonary back wall and installed an 8" sleeve for vent pipe/powerventer
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6" Olympia Ventis S.W. black pipe bolted together at joints w/ stainless hardware
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Modified Ventis 'Tee' to accept barometric
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Electric and powervent rheostat mounted behind stove to back wall of fireplace out of sight
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Powerventer out the back of the chimney mounted to custom fabbed escutcheon plate
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Whole view of chimney with powerventer
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Almost ready to light it off!!!
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Let the fireworks begin!!!
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All lit up!!!
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So, there you have it, everyone is happy and warm and I say thank you once again to Leisure Line Stove Co. for a job well done!!!

Murdoc
MURDOC1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: S.S. 2/ 144.08.02/ Mag Stoker

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:16 pm

Here is another picture I took this morning of the 'whole scene' inside their home as well as a few other pics that I had taken...
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Just idling along
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Powerventer
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The powerventer bolts to the escutcheon plate through permanent-capture thread-serts, end of season requires removing the 4- 1/4"-20 SS bolts, pull the powerventer and install painted steel plate over opening reinstall same 4 bolts and snug it up!!! No cheap anchors to wear out, will offer many many years of future trouble-free maintenance...
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Skis on legs
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Dave welded angle iron 'skis' from front to back between the front and back legs to allow me to pull the stove away from the fireplace to remove stovepipe etc. without having to pull it down from the hearth all together...

Thanks again guys!!! If anyone has any questions feel free to ask away!!!

Murdoc
MURDOC1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: S.S. 2/ 144.08.02/ Mag Stoker

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: JB Sparks On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:22 pm

Murdoc, I don't have any questions, just wanted to say, another fine job completed by Murdoc. This one warmed you twice, one was the warmth from doing the install the other is the warm feeling you get from helping someone in need. Way to go guy!! :)
JB Sparks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman - Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Harman: SF160 - Chubby Sr.

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Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: Paisan On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:23 pm

That's cool! Thanks for the pics.
Paisan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Circulator
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:33 pm

"Old Fred " will be watching TV in his underwear from now on.

Sounds like our neighborhood. All hands work together. No money
changes hands, just the promise to be there when needed.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:44 pm

JB Sparks wrote:Murdoc, I don't have any questions, just wanted to say, another fine job completed by Murdoc. This one warmed you twice, one was the warmth from doing the install the other is the warm feeling you get from helping someone in need. Way to go guy!!


Thank you JB, and you're right that is what makes it all worth it... P.S. I did change out that metallic flex with S.O. cord on my Alaska just haven't put up the pics yet!!! It looks a ton better than it did and I owe that suggestion to you my friend... Thanks...

Paisan wrote:That's cool! Thanks for the pics


Sure, no problem!!!

tsb wrote:"Old Fred " will be watching TV in his underwear from now on.


Hahaha, yup!!! He was over there watching tv this morning wearing his 'Pennsylvania Steamers Club' tee shirt and no socks on!!! I never see him without long sleeves even inside his home!!! I think he was showing off a bit!!! :D

tsb wrote:Sounds like our neighborhood. All hands work together. No money
changes hands, just the promise to be there when needed.


You nailed it tsb!!! We share a common driveway and also share a common interest in one another, we are always looking out for each other and never a dollar to be passed between us... Just great friends!!!

Murdoc
MURDOC1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: S.S. 2/ 144.08.02/ Mag Stoker

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:50 pm

MURDOC1 wrote:Here is another picture I took this morning of the 'whole scene' inside their home as well as a few other pics that I had taken...
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Murdoc



Murdoc . I see I forgot to give you the cover plate that hides the feeder normally it only comes with the Hearth . I was going to throw one in . Next time you are up our way remind me . Looks great ,nice job . Dave
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: WessWackos On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:33 pm

Flyer,

There is no good reason why Murdoc shouldn't be running the Leisure Line show in our area. The local LL dealer near me is near worthless...they called the other day to return my call and may as well have told me I was a complete inconvenience. You'd think that making some easy money with a simple phone call would make them happy, apparently a ten minute wait wasn't worth my trouble, or theirs. I've done all my own homework...unbelievable.

Go Murdoc!
WessWackos
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
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Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:45 pm

I didn't see this post till now, great job Murdoc!

A few weeks ago I lost my neighbor, Doug, who was just three weeks shy of 90 years old. He was in such good shape that he "embarrassed" me last winter when he came over and helped me shovel my own driveway and I'm only 38! Doug even traveled across country to Colorado up until this fall. Back in 2006 he traveled to Manhattan to accept a medal from the French Ambassador for heroic service during the war and I thoroughly enjoyed his stories. I will miss him tremendously.

So, I'm glad to see that you have a neighbor like Fred and that the guys at Leisure Line were so helpful as I've often heard.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: Stoked On: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:00 pm

Good job :up: It's great having neighborly neighbors to help each other out. It's hard to find people like that anymore though!
Stoked
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K2
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaskan Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: Patch On: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:26 am

MURDOC1 wrote:.....Dave welded angle iron 'skis' from front to back between the front and back legs to allow me to pull the stove away from the fireplace ........

Murdoc


Very Nice install. Thanks for posting the photos.

I especially like the idea of the skies. A simple solution.

john
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Re: Lil' Heater install complete/up and running pics...

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:59 am

What a beautiful installation! Thanks for sharing.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

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