Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

UPDATE: Entered year 6, all is well

PostBy: ablumny On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:01 am

As I'm following recently emailed instructions to update our profiles, I stumble on this old thread I started two years ago. For nearly two months back then forum members stuck with me thru a crazy amount of posts and finally resolution of my problem.

Our DVC500 is still working perfectly with nothing more then normal (and careful!) maintenance and clean outs. Reading thru the responses, I feel compelled to thank everyone again and wish all <warm> Happy Holidays!

Andrew
ablumny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:05 am

Ain't it nice! Same back at ya my friend :)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:13 am

We have been patiently waiting for an update. We couldn't sleep we couldn't eat. Sheesh! :D

Welcome back.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

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Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:34 am

Yes, I too have a DVC in a mission critical application that gets more attention than all the rest of my stoves put together.

This stove reminds me of the space shuttle, when it's all together it is awesome but there are just too many failure points. IF, as our NC friend hoped, you are now good for another 4 years then fine. However, I very much doubt it. Now I have the pot. on the stove temp switch working intermittently. So I need spare circuit boards, pressure switches, two exhaust probes, a little spare filter (don't forget that one), 50K and 100K pots and a soldering set up and spare motors. Let's keep the fines draw clear as sometimes that fills up quickly for some reason. etc.etc.. My experience over 5 years is that it is very susceptible to power surges and protectors do not help. The circuit board blows quickly. The temperature probes need changing regularly as they get very fragile, every year is best. Be very careful when cleaning.

All these likely to go down (of course) at no notice when it's too damned cold to even think straight. All of this coupled with really c rappy local dealer non service, who even when they can be bothered to wander onto the farm (I waited 6 weeks once) and they never have a clue what is wrong. They just keep changing out everything until it works - I can do that. If I want a lesson in how to do that I can go visit my local Ford truck dealer. However, it's a looker you have to give it that. However, I already had a trophy wife and that was not worth it either.

It just should not be that hard and does not need to be. Sorry, a total POS but I paid a lot of money and I am stuck with it.

Am I beating around the bush too much? Sometimes I just need to be more direct. :D
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93,
Baseburners & Antiques: Invader 2 Wings Best, Glenwood #8 + Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: ablumny On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:13 am

coalnewbie ,
I agree with your evaluation of this stove (and dealer support). Six years ago I knew nothing about coal stoves, was sold on the funcitonality of this unit. If I knew then what I know now, Id certainely stick with an automated stove but from another manufacturer. Im lucky to have found a service oriented dealer and a couple of folks at Harman but you are right, it was way to difficult to get service. Anyway, all is well and yes, I have a number of spare parts on hand :lol:

Flyer5,
get some sleep! Im OK :) !

Thanks Fred... :)
ablumny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman dvc500
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:41 am

Flyer5,
get some sleep! Im OK :) !


Dave, do you do provide tuck in services as sometimes I don't sleep well either. However, my LL stoves are going fine.
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 180K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93,
Baseburners & Antiques: Invader 2 Wings Best, Glenwood #8 + Herald 116x
Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: Year 4 with a DVC-500 not off to a good start.... Help!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:03 am

I still hate electronics .... more than ever.

toothy

Have a great holiday yourself! :cheers:
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: UPDATE: Entered year 6, all is well

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:37 pm

ablumny wrote:Our DVC500 is still working perfectly with nothing more then normal (and careful!) maintenance and clean outs. Reading thru the responses, I feel compelled to thank everyone again and wish all <warm> Happy Holidays!

Andrew

Hey Andrew! Good to hear updates!
My first DVC just hit a full 5 years old, and it is still running good as new. I got a 2nd DVC this year to try and heat another wing of this-ol-house.
I did start buying an inventory of spare parts/motors, Just-In-Case. ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

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