Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: Bob On: Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:59 pm

macdabs wrote:What size is the S130 hopper?


It depends on when the unit was built. Mine is a 2006 model and has the round coal hopper. I holds 300 lbs.
Bob
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Anthracite

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: dchartt On: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:21 am

lsayre wrote:Latest update: I'm not seeing any unburned or partially burned coal in my ash pan and I haven't for some time now. The S130 boiler is becoming quite efficient, even during these balmy January days. It seems that I'm currently using closer to about 1.5 lbs. of coal per degree day. For the past three days I'm only using on average about 35 lbs. per day. I went three full days without adding, and yesterday evening I added 106 lbs. to completely top off the hopper.



What do you have your settings at?
Last edited by coaledsweat on Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:41 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: Quote box
dchartt
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glacier Bay

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: McGiever On: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:33 am

lsayre wrote:Latest update: I'm not seeing any unburned or partially burned coal in my ash pan and I haven't for some time now. The S130 boiler is becoming quite efficient, even during these balmy January days. It seems that I'm currently using closer to about 1.5 lbs. of coal per degree day. For the past three days I'm only using on average about 35 lbs. per day. I went three full days without adding, and yesterday evening I added 106 lbs. to completely top off the hopper.

She' working great right now. I wonder if my earlier inefficiency and residual unburned/partially burned coal in the ashes issues were all related to initially firing it up without any pre-load of ashes?


Pre-load of ashes is a big plus...but, even more important is establishing a complete and total fire bed.

Here, I have added a very well stated start-up procedure by member *LsFarm*...Thanks Greg :)

LsFarm wrote:When you fire the boiler up, plan on burning the fire for an hour or so,, so you may want to plan on opening all the windows and doors,, the AA and AHS firebox needs a good, full and deep intial fire at the start... prop up the ashing lever, and pull the belt off the gearbox,, hand feed the fire through the inspection port or the transfer head... LET IT BURN for a significant time period,, in my case over an hour, but my boiler is the AA260... with a 130, maybe only an hour..

AHS spells it out very well in their latest instructions,, they say to put a large a BTU load on the system as you can,, a cold house, cold water, and use domestic hot water,, keep the fire burning untill there is no doubt that the fire is all the way across the firebox and all the way to the grate, or the layer of old ashes.. make the fire at least 1/2 the depth of the firebox...

THEN once the fire is well established, put the belt on the auger,(or flip the ashing switch on for a AHS), let it feed the fresh coal, and let the ashing handle free to operate.. you will NOT see any ashes in the ash pan for a day or two. This is normal,,

Greg L.
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:12 am

dchartt wrote:
lsayre wrote:Latest update: I'm not seeing any unburned or partially burned coal in my ash pan and I haven't for some time now. The S130 boiler is becoming quite efficient, even during these balmy January days. It seems that I'm currently using closer to about 1.5 lbs. of coal per degree day. For the past three days I'm only using on average about 35 lbs. per day. I went three full days without adding, and yesterday evening I added 106 lbs. to completely top off the hopper.


What do you have your settings at?


SV = 130 degrees

Fan on at 170 degrees, and off at 180 degrees.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:38 pm

These past few very warm days have me back to getting partially burned and unburned coal in my ash pan again. :shock:
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:07 pm

Try setting Sv at 120 when it gets above 50F.
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:15 pm

http://www.comfort-calc.net/Outdoor_Reset_Info.html

I use a very similar curve for controlling the ashing.
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Unburned Coal In My S130 Ashpan

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:20 pm

Bob wrote:
macdabs wrote:What size is the S130 hopper?


It depends on when the unit was built. Mine is a 2006 model and has the round coal hopper. I holds 300 lbs.


Does anyone know what the max weight hooper could hold without structural issues?
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260