Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Brad'79 On: Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:23 pm

I pulled my fines clean out lever on my DF520 and got busy doing something else. I left it open for two days. Other than burning through more coal than usual I didn't notice anything wrong.

Should I be checking anything for damage?

Thanks
Brad'79
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF-520

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:14 pm

Do you have a return spring on the cleanout rod?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:49 am

About all I can think of is that your coal wasn't burning very well.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:05 am

Don't pull it and walk away, pull the lever for 15 seconds and then push it closed. Any fines in the bottom of the pot will fall out in that time.
Even with the spring intact the lever sometimes needs to be pushed closed.
On the other hand...after 2 days all the fines are out of the pot...I hope.
Wood'nCoal
 
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: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:14 am

Wood'nCoal wrote: Even with the spring intact the lever sometimes needs to be pushed closed.


Yes, but it shouldn't allow the cleanout to stay wide open. I got the impression that he was able to walk away with the cleanout fully open, maybe I misunderstood.

I usually hold the lever open for 15-20 seconds, then gently let it snap back.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:16 am

You're right, mine will not stay open all the way and it won't close completely either if I release the lever. :?
Wood'nCoal
 
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: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:46 am

back to the drawing bd. That should be corrected. :?
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:57 am

freetown fred wrote:back to the drawing bd. That should be corrected. :?

Yes, they should take away his stoker for a week until he learns his lesson :lol: :lol:
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 350, 700. Van Wert 400 x 2, 800, 1200.
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:02 am

By God, I think that should work---snow here on the hill this AM :(
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: Brad'79 On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:54 am

Thanks for the reply's
Brad'79
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF-520

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:48 pm

The cleanout lever must be pulled open when the fan is running, otherwise you won't thoroughly empty the fines. I was at a house recently where the owners didn't know that the fan must be running. I checked the fines lever and plate and about 2 coffee cups of fines came out.

If the plate doesn't fully open or close, the rod eye may need to be adjusted. Also, a longer replacement return spring can prevent the holes from opening all the way up.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Fines Cleanout Lever open for 2 days

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:45 pm

I always pull and release a few times, and you can feel when the fines are gone. I think most people read the instructions and don't even consider any other possibilities. That way I can make sure the lever returns manually to the rest position by feeling it seating. :idea:
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
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