MATTHEW D. wrote:I have run into some Loline boilers in the past. I work on a similar setup like your moms. It had an EFM 16A slid under a Loline boiler.... hopper fed ..motor, ratchet ,fan ,under the hopper . Sounds like the same setup... sorry no pics of that. This wagner acually had a small triangular dolly with a long handle on it. The ash can sat on the dolly to prevent the ash cans from wearing out. I would assume the ash pit and the dolly were made by the boiler company.
Thanks for the reply. A dolly for under the ash can sounds like a great idea. Those pictures make the Wagner look like a sweet little stoker. (little may be the wrong word)
LsFarm wrote:I believe the reason that we don't see more of these, is that they were 'built in' when the house was built, or at least the basement floor poured..
For someone contemplating installing a Wagner, you not only have to do all the usual coal bin, plumbing, and chimney figuring, but you also have to get a concret guy involved, to either raise a platform with a ashpan slot, or have a slot cut in the floor, and the ashpan slot created..
Either way, it's a much simpler,, or at least simpler operation to install an EFM, Keystoker, AA, AHS etc. one or two less contractors, or tradesmen to have to deal with.
Greg, it is definitely more work to install a Wagner or any other boiler with an ash pit but the boiler in my mother’s house was installed in the late ‘40’s. Her house was built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s I would guess her house was not the only one to have a boiler requiring the digging of an ash pit installed long after the house was built, after all most of those old cellars were dirt so now along comes new heating technology why not install it and pour the cellar floor at the same time or at least cement the area of the floor where the boiler goes. By the way many old homes have the coal bin on a dirt floor, why waste the money on cement there and it also lets the water drain out of the coal without seeping out on the floor.
It would be interesting to know what happened to Wagner; bankrupt, bought out, evolved into manufacturing something else, or what and why.