55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: markleo On: Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:46 pm

Is it possible to use a 55 ga drum as a makeshift coal bin? I have an Axeman Anderson 130 and I am trying to get it up and running quickly. I would like to begin using it while it is still cold out, then later build a "real" bin for it. Has anyone done this before? Will this work? thanks in advance for any advice!
markleo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:58 pm

That's exactly what I use. I got some heavy solid concrete blocks and stood them up on end in a ring around the end of the doghouse and set the barrel on top. Just cut a hole in the bottom to the shape of the hole in them. You can just cut a hole in the drum side but you don't want the tube into the coal, it could get messy and you lose about a quarter of the drums volume to supply coal.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: steamup On: Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:18 pm

no problem

Build a wood frame around the auger. cut approximately a 6 x 6 hole in the bottom of the barrel. Put the barrell on top of the frame and the coal will feed through the hole.

Here is a picture using a 30 gallon plastic barrel.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130, Keystoker K-6
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: HS Tarm 502 Wood/Coal/Oil
Coal Size/Type: pea, buck, rice


Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:26 am

Exactly what I did for my first month or two with my AA260. The above described bases works well, I took the easy way, and just cut a hole in the side of the barrel, not right at the bottom, so I couldn't get most of the coal out of the barrel. But it worked to get it burning, rather than burn propane.

Greg L

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:20 am

I've told my wife that if I ever kick the bucket & she wants to continue burning coal to do exactly this. She can't run the backhoe to remove the roof of the bin & fill it, but she can carry a 5 gallon bucket each day.
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: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:55 pm

Awwww C'mon Freddy.

Get her a set of gloves and boots and put her in the seat this summer......

You never know, she may just want to plow the driveway come winter time with it !!!





Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Freddy wrote:I've told my wife that if I ever kick the bucket & she wants to continue burning coal to do exactly this. She can't run the backhoe to remove the roof of the bin & fill it, but she can carry a 5 gallon bucket each day.
She will probably spend all the money you saved by burning coal and have a natural gas (or oil :sick: ) boiler installed :P :lol: I bet my misses would :mad:
AA130FIREMAN
 
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:00 pm

AA130FIREMAN wrote:have a natural gas (or oil) boiler installed



Ohhhh, she's only seven ball valves and three electric switches away from burning oil.... I just know she'd prefer to save the money. Besides, if I kick the bucket tonight, what's she going to do with the 30 ton of Pea?

Teach her to run the backhoe? LOL My buddy Charlie has the same make & model backhoe & he can barely drive mine. His is 15 years newer. Mine's got more slop than a prison cafeteria!
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: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:42 am

It takes real skill to run the old stuff, anybody can run a new one. I had a d4 with hand clutch and manual gear box, started it with a rope (pony motor). Most guys that looked at it could'nt get it started. It could knock a house down at an idle.
crazy4coal
 
Stove/Furnace Make: buderus
Stove/Furnace Model: logana

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:20 am

Freddie. you have dozens of friends that would make darned sure she was comfortable, and living a lifestyle she was accustomed to.
................alright, she'd be on Expedia.com headed for Flagstaff for the winters......or Gulfport or Biloxi .

Winter is underrated.....we all stay here just to enjoy watching 'others' try to learn how to burn coal, stay warm, slip and fall, crash vehicles and generally just plain suffer.
Blueberries aren't as sweet out there, so you know she would be back. ........not as many rattlers in the greater Bangor area......no low-riders........
No pressing '1' for English, although that brogue spoken in parts of Maine sure is a foreign language!

A 'Coal Holder' is whatever it takes to make the boiler work. AHS just skipped the auger (up-slope) however for a couple grand they will add one that feeds the much higher bin.......and where is the price difference between the two? Apples to Giraffes folks. 26 pages of posts on the AHS big bang theory.......do any inquiring minds want to know why Pete Axeman doesn't have database of 'boom technology questions'? Think about it guys...and gals. :idea: :!: :shock:
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: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: markleo On: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:52 pm

Thanks for all of your input. That's exactly the experience I was looking for to confirm what I wanted to do. A friend of mine has a plastic drum that I plan on using---pretty heavy gauge blue drum...should work fine. I'll post pics when I finally get it set up. Thanks again. :)
markleo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130

Re: 55 ga. drum coal bin for AA 130??

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:07 am

Here's my solution for the present time.

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I bolted in a sloped or angled bent piece of 1/8" steel plate to keep coal pile weight off the end of the auger.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek