Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: mkapinus On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:48 am

I've waited a few days in order not to jinx it! Thank goodness for this forum and all of you with your experiences and advice, I've been reading up and telling my husband all the tidbits I've read. When the weatherman finally called for a cold snap this past weekend, I said, let's get this boiler going! I had read about getting some ash to put in before the coal, (but I couldn't remember how much) so we only got a big coffee can of ash from a friend and put that in first. We loaded the coal into the boiler Friday night and waited for morning to start to the process.
We wasted 4 mice trying to light the darn thing, mice burnt up and didn't even start the coal, so he used a torch to get the coals going. The first 24 hours, it used about 1/3 of the coal in the hopper, it was 20 during the day and below zero all night, plus he had the garage modine set too low, so it kept running every time the water temp hit 180.
Everything on the coalgun is set to factory default. So far, we are quite happy with everything. Still need to get a mano and check draft and install a carbon monoxide detector before I'm completely content. (well, except that I can hear the main circulator running when I go to bed ( our bedroom is above the garage and boiler ) and I think it's vibrating the pipes making noise.
Here's the pics!
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mkapinus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHSCoalgun boiler s 130

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: GoodProphets On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:52 am

Congrats!

A cold snap kicked you in the butt?

Nice and clean....hope it stays that way.
GoodProphets
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Anthra Rice
Other Heating: 3 Fireplaces

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: mkapinus On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:08 am

On a side note, thank goodness we decided to put in a double mason chimney because just a few weeks ago, the power vent for the oil furnace died and we had to scramble and move the pipe to the new chimney. Now, both furnaces are hooked up to chimneys, no more noisy, stinky power vents!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHSCoalgun boiler s 130

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: mkapinus On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:15 am

GoodProphets wrote:Congrats!

A cold snap kicked you in the butt?

Nice and clean....hope it stays that way.


Yep, he spends a lot of time overanalyzing details, I had to push him to just get the darn thing going and we'll work out any problems as they show themselves.
And Yes, he's a neat freak too with new toys, so I'm sure he'll be polishing that stove every day :lol:
mkapinus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHSCoalgun boiler s 130

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:01 pm

That's a mighty fine looking install there! Congratualtions! You're going to love the heat the Coal Gun can generate!!!
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:39 pm

mkapinus wrote:Yep, he spends a lot of time overanalyzing details, I had to push him to just get the darn thing going and we'll work out any problems as they show themselves.
And Yes, he's a neat freak too with new toys, so I'm sure he'll be polishing that stove every day


You might as well just move his chair beside it :alone: ,and vist both of them once in awhile.
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:08 pm

Nice.
Yup get the manometer Dwyer 25 or Magnahelic make sure it's the one that reads .01,.02,.03,.04,.05 in those increments and visible.
Brake line from an auto parts store works well for the manometer. Be very slow with the red liquid (it's very easy to over doit).

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/Product/Press ... riesMarkII
http://www.dwyer-inst.com/Products/Prod ... e=Ordering

Now get you're self an Oval Tub from TSC and some black contractor bags from the Depot (for some reason the heavy duty are cheaper than the thin ones). Crush the ends of the Tub and it will fit inside where the stock bin goes. It will make it a snap to take out the ash once every few days.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/king-metal ... ub-2202111
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: chevymatt On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:58 pm

ValterBorges wrote:Nice.
Yup get the manometer Dwyer 25 or Magnahelic make sure it's the one that reads .01,.02,.03,.04,.05 in those increments and visible.
Brake line from an auto parts store works well for the manometer. Be very slow with the red liquid (it's very easy to over doit).

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/Product/Press ... riesMarkII
http://www.dwyer-inst.com/Products/Prod ... e=Ordering

Now get you're self an Oval Tub from TSC and some black contractor bags from the Depot (for some reason the heavy duty are cheaper than the thin ones). Crush the ends of the Tub and it will fit inside where the stock bin goes. It will make it a snap to take out the ash once every few days.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/king-metal ... ub-2202111



Hey Valter, does the ashes melt the plastic garbage bag? I love the thought of just chucking it out with the trash. Thx for posting the info
chevymatt
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S260

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:30 pm

chevymatt wrote:Hey Valter, does the ashes melt the plastic garbage bag? I love the thought of just chucking it out with the trash. Thx for posting the info

Never happen! The Axeman design is so efficient it even removes the heat from the ash before rejecting it! :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:50 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
chevymatt wrote:Hey Valter, does the ashes melt the plastic garbage bag? I love the thought of just chucking it out with the trash. Thx for posting the info

Never happen! The Axeman design is so efficient it even removes the heat from the ash before rejecting it! :)


What he said! With my SV set at 120F at the thermocouple there is at least 4-6in of ash in height and at least 6-12" to the burn zone so by the time it rolls off it's pretty cool.
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: dchartt On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:02 am

Keep us posted mkapinus with how your coalgun is operating
dchartt
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glacier Bay

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: Pa papa On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:45 am

And I thought I tried to keep things clean but the white sox test would fail next to mine today.
That is one beautiful installation though that anyone would be proud of.
Enjoy the ride.
Pa papa
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS-130
Coal Size/Type: Pea; anthracite
Other Heating: oil fired boiler; LP insert

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: mkapinus On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:29 am

dchartt wrote:Keep us posted mkapinus with how your coalgun is operating


Used about 75# of coal yesterday, real windy here last night and today. I had to empty the ashpan this morning even though he emptied it yesterday. I'm home from work today waiting for the next part of the project. Our generator is being delivered today. :D Once that's installed, I'll be the happiest girl on the hill when the power goes out!
mkapinus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHSCoalgun boiler s 130

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:23 pm

Do you even need to run the modine? Is it keeping the room warm just on it's own?

What kind of coal is that in the pic thru the viewport?
ValterBorges
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: Newbies AHS 130 running- so far, so good

PostBy: mkapinus On: Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:21 am

Valter, we ran the Modine the first day, but quickly learned that we don't even need to run it to keep the garage warm. But it's there as a dump zone if needed. We are using Casey Kassa Pea Coal.
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