Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:43 pm

I got a real strong "POOF" from my stoker today. I was running it pretty hot, when I had to empty the 'fines' tray. I put the stove into ASH-OUT mode, then pulled the fines tray and dumped it onto my coal ash shovel. I opened the glass door, and quickly dumped the shovel full of fines onto the burning coal, only covering half of the blue flames. I immediately got a WWHHOOOOOOF :blowup: flash and sound, as if I had just turned on a gas grille and delayed igniting the gas. I guess the dust from the fines caught fire before they actually hit the hot coals? No big deal, it never happened before, so I'll just dump the fines on the hot coals, a little slower next time.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:47 am

DVC500 at last wrote:I got a real strong "POOF" from my stoker today. I was running it pretty hot, when I had to empty the 'fines' tray. I put the stove into ASH-OUT mode, then pulled the fines tray and dumped it onto my coal ash shovel. I opened the glass door, and quickly dumped the shovel full of fines onto the burning coal, only covering half of the blue flames. I immediately got a WWHHOOOOOOF :blowup: flash and sound, as if I had just turned on a gas grille and delayed igniting the gas. I guess the dust from the fines caught fire before they actually hit the hot coals? No big deal, it never happened before, so I'll just dump the fines on the hot coals, a little slower next time.

thats what happens when you have a perfect air to fuel ratio ;) i have them from time to time on the steam loco,but on a slightly larger scale :)
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Stove/Furnace Make: RUSSO
Stove/Furnace Model: CW-2

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:59 am

Always wanted to ride in a steam engine, to see how it's done & for the experience of being inside what is essentially a rolling 200 ton boiler. You are a lucky man! 8-) Nothing quite like standing close to the tracks when one flies by. Noise smoke & high pressure steam -- doesn't get any better than that! :up:


WOOOOF's are good for cleaning the flyash out of the flue! :idea: :D ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:35 pm

SMITTY wrote:Always wanted to ride in a steam engine, to see how it's done & for the experience of being inside what is essentially a rolling 200 ton boiler. You are a lucky man! 8-) Nothing quite like standing close to the tracks when one flies by. Noise smoke & high pressure steam -- doesn't get any better than that! :up:


WOOOOF's are good for cleaning the flyash out of the flue! :idea: :D ;)

if you ever come down this way let me know,i will be glad to take ya for a ride. ;)
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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:18 pm

New Hope Engineer wrote:
SMITTY wrote:Always wanted to ride in a steam engine, to see how it's done & for the experience of being inside what is essentially a rolling 200 ton boiler. You are a lucky man! 8-) Nothing quite like standing close to the tracks when one flies by. Noise smoke & high pressure steam -- doesn't get any better than that! :up:

if you ever come down this way let me know,i will be glad to take ya for a ride. ;)


Speakin of going for a ride.... :D Its cooling off, let me know whats a good day to play "Fireman", we'll all drive over for a ride. Smitty, come on down, and we can share the shovelin :fear:
Nice new Avatar :up:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:46 pm

Thanks!! Sounds like a blast!! I'll have to take you up on that once my finances straighten out ... which will be when the weather starts to get warmer - perfect! :cheers: :up:

AWESOME pic, btw!

DVC500 at last wrote:Smitty, come on down, and we can share the shovelin :fear:

You don't want that -- I'll be temped to set a land speed record! :lol: toothy
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:44 pm

if you ever come down this way let me know,i will be glad to take ya for a ride. ;)


I was thinking about asking you about that myself, always wanted to ride up front.
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: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:31 am

DVC500 at last wrote:
New Hope Engineer wrote:
SMITTY wrote:Always wanted to ride in a steam engine, to see how it's done & for the experience of being inside what is essentially a rolling 200 ton boiler. You are a lucky man! 8-) Nothing quite like standing close to the tracks when one flies by. Noise smoke & high pressure steam -- doesn't get any better than that! :up:

if you ever come down this way let me know,i will be glad to take ya for a ride. ;)


Speakin of going for a ride.... :D Its cooling off, let me know whats a good day to play "Fireman", we'll all drive over for a ride. Smitty, come on down, and we can share the shovelin :fear:
Nice new Avatar :up:

ill let you know what my schedule will be for november when i get it. november is a busy month due to my trips to potter county pa for deer hunting :D
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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:38 am

i will leave you with this video and get back on topic now before i gets in trouble ;)
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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:08 am

Way too cool!
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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: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:25 pm

i am running trains on sunday the 15th and sunday the 22nd. for any further info shoot me a pm
mark
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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: GeorgiePorgie On: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:26 am

I knew exactly what happened:

You were in the shower, you did not hear it ! there was no explosion :

One of two things happened :

1- The wife does not like the coal stove, she wants something else; so be prepared to hear more problems about the stove , especially when you are not around, or in the shower ( wink , wink )

2-Her boyfriend just ran out the door, while you were in the shower, and slammed the door ( Just kidding )

To have a fire, you need flammable material, oxygen, and heat beyond an ignition point, to have an explosion other factors are needed, and they have to be coordinated properly, that's rarely the case with coal stoves.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska, Harman, Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Stoker

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: Cyber36 On: Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:46 pm

I had my first puff-back happen to me this year after loading the stove after the first match. Scared the -hit out of me & burnt 75% of my left arm hair off....... :o
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Marathon/Logwood

Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: RMA On: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:01 pm

Cyber36 wrote:I had my first puff-back happen to me this year after loading the stove after the first match. Scared the -hit out of me & burnt 75% of my left arm hair off....... :o


From here forward, mind your attire when loading coal. Lest more serious singeing occur. :no1:

Bob
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Re: Minor Explosion In Coal Stove

PostBy: cybdav On: Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:14 pm

Thanks for the video New Hope Engineer. I set down at the computer for a break today and completely lost track of what I was doing.
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Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

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