How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:05 pm

Since the various AHS Coal Gun boilers have no stoker mechanism, and instead they merely feed the coal by gravity from a hopper that sits above the fire, would they more properly be classified as hopper fed boilers as opposed to stoker boilers? Or does the motorized ash grate serve as a stoker?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:43 pm

It stokes by shaving the ash off the bottom of the fire.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:02 pm

It seems to be somewhat of a hybrid. Essentially a hand fed (via hopper) with a motorized grate shaker. This has me wondering if anyone has ever retro-motorized their hopper equipped hand fed stove?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: Dennis On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:09 pm

Lsayre,
I have been wondering if it would/could be possible to turn my AHS-WOC55,225k btu multi-fuel into a stoker or hopper feed boiler. It won't be for a while unless money starts falling from the sky. I've been looking at removing the feed door and making a new door and installing the stoker/hopper mechichism thru and into the firebox,then building a hopper to feed the stoker. I will have to look into how the coal gun actually feeds the fire into the firebox.Most likely have to build something from the A-260 coal gun, I would like to keep every part from ASH if possible. Dennis
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:13 pm

Dennis wrote:Lsayre,
I have been wondering if it would/could be possible to turn my AHS-WOC55,225k btu multi-fuel into a stoker or hopper feed boiler. It won't be for a while unless money starts falling from the sky. I've been looking at removing the feed door and making a new door and installing the stoker/hopper mechichism thru and into the firebox,then building a hopper to feed the stoker. I will have to look into how the coal gun actually feeds the fire into the firebox.Most likely have to build something from the A-260 coal gun, I would like to keep every part from ASH if possible. Dennis


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Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:19 pm

Dennis wrote:Lsayre,
I have been wondering if it would/could be possible to turn my AHS-WOC55,225k btu multi-fuel into a stoker or hopper feed boiler.


This used to be very common...hence the "Electric Furnace Man" and their lineup of conversion stokers. You would remove the grates and insert the stoker in through the ash door. Coal augered in, ash augered out...

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Personally I think it would be a lot more cost effective option to sell your current boiler to someone who wanted to burn wood/bit coal and install a factory-build stoker boiler.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: Dennis On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:28 pm

ash door is 13"wide x 6"high and 1 1/2" off floor, feed door is 14" x14" and 30" off floor. Don't know if it will fit in the ash door, I will have to look into that,very simple though. Been thinking of a new boiler also. Dennis
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:31 pm

It seems to me that a call to AHS would be the best starting place for your conversion inquiry. Ask for Darren Bricker or Shawn Mowen.

Might I ask why you are thinking along these lines?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:34 pm

AHS will tell you to buy a Coal Gun. The "stoker mechanism" is the reciprocating grate, but the time you got done modifying your existing boiler you would have something VOID of all warranty and approvals, and probably have invested more than a good used Coal Gun.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How do you categorize the AHS Coal Gun? Stoker/Hopper Fed?

PostBy: Dennis On: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:42 pm

Rob,
you are more than right,I would hate to cut up my 2 year old boiler that i'am really happy with.I have the oil gun if i ever need to go away for a day or more, although i need to get oil in the tank,and at $3.50 gal. that won't happen soon. Dennis

Edit: Lsayre-just wanted, if needed to go away for more than a day
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size