Another weekend and no luck!! I cleaned the boiler swept all the ash in every crevice, added 2 ft to the stack of double wall from the boiler out. As everyone knows the temps in Pa were in the 60s with the cold coming for the weekend so I wanted to give this DS boiler one more shot.
I loaded up with a nice small wood fire of oak scraps to the boiler warmed up then added a bed of coal. Everything was burning good this was at 7:30 last night. Went up to the house for a 1/2 hour came down the boiler temp was at 160*. Nice red bed of coal with the blue flames dancing so I loaded the stove left the MPD open since the stack temp looked good and the temp outside was warm. Went back up to the house watched TV till 9:00 noticed the temp was at 180* coming to the house so I shut off the oil boiler switched over to the DS to feed my house .
Went backed down topped off the stove for evening loaded a nice bed in the middle temps were 190* at the boiler. Now this would be about 110 lbs of coal I have loaded at this point. I went up to the house was happy as a clam told my wife we should be good for the evening. I watched the crazy flying Alaska and Gold miner shows dozed off woke up at 11:00 .Looked at my boiler temp at the house that the DS is feeding was a nice 180. I said to my wife should I check on it ? Then I thought 110lbs should last till morning and I was so happy to see the temp. at 180* so I went to bed thinking YEA.
Woke up at 4:30 I heard the heat kick on for our bedroom noticed the temp in the room did not rise from the baseboard as usual, I knew.
I got dress went down the boiler temp was at 80* . The coal bed was gone with a shovel of unburnt coal with a small glow. The fire was about out I shook the grates for a pan of ash and threw some wood on to build another coal bed.....
At this point in the game the boiler wins !!!
I have tried everything I am left with one question... "Who is using a DS #3 C Boiler and I want to see it in action