Poker

Re: Poker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:26 pm

My poker is a rear brake rod for a '87-'12 Yamaha TW200. Works great! All the threads have worn off & it's become tapered from the 2 years of poking. :lol: I just need to weld a 3" piece of round metal to the end in order to get a better grip on it.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
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Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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Re: Poker

PostBy: SteveZee On: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:20 am

SMITTY wrote:My poker is a rear brake rod for a '87-'12 Yamaha TW200. Works great! All the threads have worn off & it's become tapered from the 2 years of poking. :lol: I just need to weld a 3" piece of round metal to the end in order to get a better grip on it.


Dude, that recycling at its best! Your Mass neighbors will be proud o you! ;)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: Poker

PostBy: SteveZee On: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:26 am

coalkirk wrote:Does anyone besides me use a poker to condense the ash in their stoker ash pans? I do it through the combustion door. The ash builds up but has a lot of dead air space. So once a day I use the poker to tamp it down. Works great.


Definately Kirk, I have found that certain coal does it more then aothers but all of it, at high temps will start to do just as you describe. After I have added a couple scoops and my fire is back and strong, I will poke before the shake down. I can see it move (collapse) when I do. Usually just the middle of the pot will do but on occasion I've had some sidewinders where the ash has stuck to the side and grown a tumor. One every other day seems to work for my cylinder stove. This morning, when I came down, the stove had been running at 600 all yesterday. I looked in and the pot was white and ashy and small even though the termo still read 600. I "Tebowed" in fron of the stove and gently added two scoops with everything wide open. When those caught I added another big scoop and waited again. At this time the pot looks heaped full. Then I shook it down and poked it! :o After that, the pot looked like it only had 3 scoops of coal burning in it ;) cause thats all it did have. Never poke those fused ashes down till you've added fresh coal and let it get burning hot! Not only saved myself from losing a fire, but actually had hardly any recovery time!
The Glenwood in the kitchen never does this. I think its just the shape or size of the box and the bar grates that shake pretty hard that prevents it.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

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Re: Poker

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:06 pm

I just throw a cat into the stove ... it usually cleans it out before it gets "tired"
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