coaledsweat wrote:I looked at a 250HP Hurst years ago. I liked it but the powers that be went cheap. Is that one a fire or water tube?
This is a fire tube. This Hurst boiler was orig designed with a chain grate running through it and supposed to be able to burn ANYTHING (hard & soft coal, wood, pallets). Well after 3 months of nothing but problems, we had Hurst come up and see what the heck was going on. Their conclusion: "Your only supposed to burn bituminous." Soft coal?!?! What good is that going to do us in the middle of hard coal country? After all the back and forth, lawyers and more lawyers, we lifted the boiler up, pulled the base out, added another base and retro fitted (4) 60" BG&W Fire Jet burners. They run good but boy are they temperamental lol. Now after everything is said and done (10 years later) it runs like a champ. I spend a lot of time here with it when its acting up but when its good its good. We heat 8 acres of greenhouse plus probably another 5-7 acres of loading docks and packing areas. When it gets bitter cold we use a Hurst oil burner to piggy back and help out. The oil burner is capable of putting out somewhere around 20-25 mmbtu at 180 gallons an hour. Pretty incredible.