coalnewbie wrote: Start from, this is where I live and my heat load needs are calculated to be and then move forward...Different churches, lot's of different biases. You have chosen the right fuel and been smart enough to find this board, now be a little more scientific in your furnace choice. You will have to live with that decision for a l o n g time.
Brentski wrote:Rob I tried to call the local Emf dealer in my area but just got the answering machine. Are these units new or rebuilds? Theres not alot of info on there web site....?
There are lots of refurbished EFM's available, and new ones as well. They aren't the only choice, but the ratchet drive on the EFM stoker makes it very easy to adjust the boiler output.
I don't know what website you were looking at, but EFM has a very detailed manual online, and a TON of information in this forum. This should get you started:http://efmheating.com/manuals/DF520-Installation.pdfe-f-m Heating
coalnewbie wrote:Let's not exclude thinkers van wert 600 (for sale) or Simplexs that are out there now.
Van Wert stokers are not easily adjusted like an EFM, but they have another advantage...the pot is very deep and holds a fire REALLY well. The stoker is intended to burn buck size anthracite, and is a very rugged design. If buck is available in your area a Van Wert is definitely one to consider.