LL110 Venting Issue

Re: LL110 Venting Issue

PostBy: jpen1 On: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:39 pm

That very dull look with lots of fines is an indication of a softer coal. It didn't really look like you had a ton of ash build up by volume, but the ash you had was very sticky and bridges upon itself. Does the coal have a pungent sulfur smell when you open the base door. I guessing the coal is fairly high in ash content and probably a very dense heavy ash. You'll be alright with that coal, you just need to perform maintainence much more frequently than with some other coals. Just remember you don't need to do a complete shutdown to vacuum out the top ofthe boiler with the cleanout option.
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Re: LL110 Venting Issue

PostBy: fastcat On: Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:42 am

johnniecuse wrote:Thanks guys! Now that I know it's a little easier to do quick cleanup and not a complete shutdown, I feel a little better. I did a quick draft test, I think I did it correctly, and it was reading between .02 & .03. the reading was taken between the baro and the top of the unit.

jpen1 wrote: ...I think you will find that the biggest issue is poor quality coal at work here.

I am tending to believe this. I'm no expert, but it looks different than other suppliers coal that I have seen. It looks like there are pieces of 'duller' looking coal and a lot of dust in it. I don't know if it makes a difference or not. I will keep an eye on how it's burning. I got the coal from Woodford Bros. in Fabius NY. Is anyone else burning their coal?

Thanks for all the advice... :D

If I were you I would run up to Dennis coal and pick up or bag yourself 5 bags and see if there is any differance in how the stove runs and your ash problem. Dennis handles Reading.
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Re: LL110 Venting Issue

PostBy: Matthaus On: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:35 pm

johnniecuse wrote:
plumber wrote:
My boiler has bees going for about 5 weeks, and after seeing your post I decided to take a look. I had quite a buildup of fly ash as well, not as bad as yours but close. So now I plan on getting out the vacuum every 4 weeks.

You are going to shut the boiler down every 4 weeks? It took me all evening to shut it down clean it up and restart. I can't see doing that all winter long.

As stated in the manual, it is not necessary to shut the boiler down for cleaning, and in some cases it may be needed every month, but shouldn't take more than two to five minutes (you have the clean out option which makes it lightning quick). Clean each tube by placing the vacuum hose over the outlet and sucking out the fly ash (simply turn off the switch while doing this if you have any concern for CO). My number is in the manual, please call me if you need any more information. Also make sure you use your draft gauge to monitor the base draft so that you can clean it when it starts heading south of -.01" WC. That way you won't have to shut it down due to a CO detector going off.

Thank you for taking time to post your experience on the forum, it is good discussion. :)
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
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