Yellow Flame

Yellow Flame

PostBy: normpurc On: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:39 pm

I was just wondering if anyone here uses a Yellow Flame stoker.

I purchased a small apartment house back in 1983 and a Yellow Flame boiler was installed as the
single heat source for all 5 units.

But it was converted to fire with oil. I was working for the oil delivery company and found out that
they had converted it the year before and still had the stoker unit.

I purchased it and put in the back cellar and forgot about it until 4 years ago when the price of oil
was out of sight and climbing. I had a hopper fabricated and installed the original stoker unit. Put
coal in the hopper, lit the fire and it has been working great ever since.

I heat a 7000 square foot building with about 10 ton of rice coal at about $165 a ton instead of
1000+ gallons of oil at 3.40+ a gallon

I know its old but it sure is reliable. I don't think they make them anymore but I was told that
a Keystoker unit will work if I ever need to replace the stoker unit.
normpurc
 
Stove/Furnace Make: yellow flame

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: whistlenut On: Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:18 pm

Sweet stoker for sure. I use one, and it definitely has Keystoker written all over it. I think Keystoker was after Yellow Flame, but there sure were a lot of bright guys working out of the "Haven" back then. Their stoker is robust and operates slightly differently then Keystoker since the sides actually move, but the inclined grate and blower systems are very close to the same design. Bulletproof and Lifetime...........what a reputation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :!: :idea:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:16 am

I have a Yellow Flame hot water boiler that was in the house when I bought it 7 years ago. I was told it was over 35 years old then. The old gal is hard to kill.

It was in pretty bad shape as it had been neglected for a LONG time but it still churgged along. I rewired it, change the controls and timer, drive coupling and the gear box. Other than that I clean it three times a year, keep it oiled, and it burns all year round. It will do some serious long term heating. The boiler itself is sheet steel and can be welded should it spring a leak.

Marks Supply in Shenandoah Pa. bought up all the parts and the rights from Yellow Flame when they went out of business in I believe the 1980's. You can get grates, stoker motor/fan drive couplings and rebuilt gear boxes from Marks Supply. The drive motor is a standard oil burner motor. It's about as close to bullet proof as a stoker fed boiler can get.

And I already talked to Keystoker about in the future when Marks doesn't carry parts anymore. They said that you can buy a complete stoker unit from them and all you would need to do is make a mounting adapter plate for the Keystoker unit that will bolt up to the boiler.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

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Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:41 am

Welcome! if you do a search on Yellow Flame, there are a few people that have them.

A few threads to get you started.

Just fired up my Yellow Flame Stoker Warm Air Unit

Yellow Flame boiler
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: normpurc On: Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:28 pm

Thanks for the replys

Does anyone have the phone number and or the address of Marks supply

My grates are a little warped and I probably should replace them

Thanks, Norm
normpurc
 
Stove/Furnace Make: yellow flame

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:53 am

Here you go.... they say on their website that if they don't have it, they will get it or make it for you.

Mark's Supply Company

(570) 462-0748

230 S Main St

Shenandoah, PA 17976
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: normpurc On: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:17 pm

Thanks for the info on Mark's supply.
I'll be contacting them on Monday,
might even go visit as it's only about 40 miles.
Norm
normpurc
 
Stove/Furnace Make: yellow flame

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:03 am

The nice thing with a Yellow Flame is that you can burn Barley, Rice, or Buckwheat. I like the fact that the entire grate moves. That helps if you want to burn Barley. Joe at Mark"s Supply will hook you up with parts. I call him The Coal Stoker Guru.
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:14 am

I have never burned barley before. What is the advantage over rice or buckwheat?
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:24 am

blrman07 wrote:I have never burned barley before. What is the advantage over rice or buckwheat?

cost
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Yellow Flame

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:30 am

Depending on where you get your coal it is cheaper and not so much in demand. Something to keep in mind. If Obama gets his way suppyl will decrease!
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

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