Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:49 pm

Looking well ahead, what equipment and brushes will I need to have on hand to do a normal end of season AHS boiler clean-out?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:01 pm

Heres a start.
efficiency loss
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:53 pm

It will pay you to run as long as you can, and if/when you shut it down, remove all ash and vacuum the interior of the ash cabinet, grease the rollers on the ash plate, lube the two bolts on the ash rod, clean and lube the ashing chain, and carefully remove the fan assembly(after re-installing the shipping bracket) and clean out the cyclone chamber. I have seen dozens of 130's and 260's all caked up solid and wonder how efficient they were...it is a short job, and I recommend you do it in the middle of the heating season on a warm day also. The rope gasket will need to be replaced probably, but you can KNOW just what kind of shape the coal you are using is doing to your boiler. I you are all done for the season a light oil will help the moisture issues throughout the summer. I have burned year round since 1977, so I'm not a good reference on summer shutdown, except that we replace every exhaust stack that sits over the summer......hint, hint! There is a YouTube video of a guy doing a 260 shutdown and cleaning. Don't freak out about 'toxic anything' and a simple dust mask will be you best friend. A Vac with a HEPA filter is what we always use. A light spray with a spray light oil does wonders even in the short term.

You have an investment to protect and this is not like 'putting a car up on blocks'. It will rust away if you choose to be lazy about it. :idea: ALWAYS consider the tankless gasket replacement if things even look suspicious. 20 dollars is really cheap money!!! Anti-seize the damned bolts too!! Anti-seize everything in sight,,,,JUST DO IT!!! ....even if you are a sterile quarters freak!!!!
whistlenut
 
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: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:00 am

Do you have a link to the vid? Anti-seize??
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: whistlenut On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:39 am

I'll find the link, and the anti-seize is available at any parts store. Copper bases, alum based...great for anything you want to remove later. I scream at AHS, EFM and Axeman to USE IT BEFORE ASSEMBLY!!!!!! Folks laugh about 'lost skin'...I don't find it funny at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone who plays mechanic or re-builder (especially an appliance that is an acid producer, like coal burning) has many band-aids on many fingers and swears liberally at those who could have prevented it.

If we all lived down south or in New Mexico where no salted roads and winter crap occur this might not be such an issue. I have to bitch about the damned tankless water heaters on AA's, AHS, EFM's, GJ's, Keystokers leaking issues.......makes a VERY expensive repair to a simple fix.......It's late, we all ate too much today....gotta work in the AM......it will wait.....
whistlenut
 
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: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:14 am

I put a 40 watt light bulb in the boiler and leave it on all summer. It's just enough heat to keep moisture away.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:06 am

Great advice here whistlenut. Thank you kindly!

Freddy, where does the 40 Watt light bulb get placed?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:06 pm

whistlenut wrote:I'll find the link


Don't bother searching for it. I had it bookmarked and now it says the video has been deleted.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:31 pm

lsayre wrote:Great advice here whistlenut. Thank you kindly!

Freddy, where does the 40 Watt light bulb get placed?


Freddy,
What's the best place to place the bulb? At the entrance of the hopper neck into the chamber? At the exhaust hole? Middle of the ash plate?
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: macdabs On: Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:48 pm

I was thinking about just coating everything with #2 heating oil/used motor oil mix using a garden sprayer. That way on start up everything would just burn away without any harm.

Mac
macdabs
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea
Other Heating: Pellet,oil
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Looking to season end, what is needed for AHS S130 clean-out

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:37 pm

I used a drop light with the 40 watt bulb. I just hang it in the inspection door so it's more or less where the flame is during the heating season.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined