just back from my dealer who at this point has elevated himself above the bad dealer reputation. He walked me through a dvc500 in the showroom, confirmed with me all the things I tried and that there was little more to try. We spoke about my suspicion on the combustion motor. He said possible but unlikly if its clean and spinning and based on age thats its worn out. Ill try to feed it power directly anyway later.
<DVS500at last>, He handed me a bag of his coal (for free), which Ive used with success in the past. After reasembly, if it lights with the same ease as my prior years, Ill have to blame the new source this year.
My dealer suggested the coal I got has a high % of somethign other them coal in it. Shale, etc. Why I ask..... Apparently the local dealers here go to 3 main mines, I think in PA he said. 2 of the 3 are only exporting thier coal now. 1 of those 2 still allows long time dealers like my guy to source. The 3rd is servicing long time guys first then everyone else. My source this year is not a long time dealer thus he suspects he might have had to get his supply from a less reputable or source with lower quality stds. This source also stores thier coal in the open, no walls, no concrete floor...might explain ehy this years load is the dirtiest twig filled load Ive ever gotten. Well it all made sense to me but I wouldnt be able to validate.....
Anyway, I was pleased enough with my dealer and his time today to overpay
for a new dedicated Ash vac! I hope I get the thing lit to produce some ash!
Next installment later.....