AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: lsayre On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:16 pm

She's fired up and we're making heat from coal for our very first time. Lit the match at 5:30 PM. Turned the grate switch on at 8:30 PM. So far everything appears to be functioning normally. No puff backs yet. And the best part is that I now have heat and hot water from coal!!! :D
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: theo On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:24 pm

Let her rock!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
theo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 2

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:29 pm

Outstanding. Keep an eye out for leaks, but it sounds like you are good to go. Don't be afraid to put a heavy load on it and stretch its legs.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

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Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:34 pm

Congratulations!!!
Pictures please!! We love pictures here.
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: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:48 pm

VERY GOOD !!! You sweated the small stuff and now hopefully it all works out in the end :D . How long did it take till it was up to operating temperature from when you lit the match ?
AA130FIREMAN
 
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:29 am

Great news. You are right on time for the season. Enjoy it.

When I got mine in I was pushing it--we had no heat until mid Nov. It was getting a little chilly for Momma.
mikeandgerry
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson Anthratube 130-M

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:17 am

Congrats on getting the new baby to cry! I'm sure she'll have a long & happy life.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:55 am

AA130FIREMAN wrote:VERY GOOD !!! You sweated the small stuff and now hopefully it all works out in the end :D . How long did it take till it was up to operating temperature from when you lit the match ?


About 2 hours as I recall.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: watkinsdr On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:33 am

Pictures please! We need an ash update too, unburned coal, etc.
watkinsdr
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S260 Boiler

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:37 am

watkinsdr wrote:Pictures please! We need an ash update too, unburned coal, etc.


I don't think he has the chart recorders and load cells hooked up yet. ;)
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:43 am

watkinsdr wrote:Pictures please! We need an ash update too, unburned coal, etc.


Despite all warnings, I started the boiler with fresh coal only (no ashes added, since I didn't have any). The good part is that since I left the tiny window in the center of the sight tube door open I have had no puff-backs (so far at least). The (potentially) bad news is that the ash grate temperature is still too high for it to ash. I wonder how long it will be before the temperature at the grate falls to 140 degrees? I'm considering throttling down on the tiny window sometime today.

For pictures, see my previous (Making Some Progress) thread. Nothing has changed much since I took all of those pictures.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:46 am

Congratulations Isayre!

I have to admit that I'm jealous, the Coal Gun is the finest boiler ever made, the Anthratube is a close second. I dearly wanted to drive up to New Hampshire and pick up Dewey's AHS 130 but this house just isn't worth it.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:14 am

When I first turned the ash grate motor on at 8:30 PM yesterday the grate temperature was low and some completely unburned coal came out, but soon after that the grate temp went up above 140 degrees, and so far (overnight) it has not gone down to or below 140 degrees again. In fact the ash grate temp was reading 220 degrees just moments ago.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:18 am

lsayre wrote:In fact the ash grate temp was reading 220 degrees just moments ago.
You mean the ahs actually has a display that tells you the ash temperature ? Now, talk about hi-tec :)
AA130FIREMAN
 
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: AHS S130 Coal Gun : First fire

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:40 am

AA130FIREMAN wrote:
lsayre wrote:In fact the ash grate temp was reading 220 degrees just moments ago.
You mean the ahs actually has a display that tells you the ash temperature ? Now, talk about hi-tec :)


When the ash grate was at 220 degrees it was at idle. Now that it is firing to heat a few zones the ash grate temp has fallen to 158 degrees. Still not at or below the set-point for the grate motor to turn on.

Update, after hitting 157 degrees it started heading back up and hit into the 180's before the blower shut down. Now its climbing even further as it idles.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

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