The 900 Has Left The Building

The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:00 am

We said goodbye today to the 1962 EFM 900 that did such an excellent job of heating, providing year-round DHW and basically civilizing our "old house", a drafty 4850+ SF Victorian in the Berkshires. The extraction went smoothly enough that I even had time to take a few pics. For those keeping score, the boiler, base and stoker on a 900 weigh in at over 2100 lb total, so considerable care was taken. A couple of wood stair treads took some accelerated depreciation, but overall it went very well.

Mike
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Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:45 am

You picked a warm time to remove the Beast. Hopefully she'll make someone else forget about winter next fall. No skin lost? I'm proud of you! Quality never goes out of style!
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: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:54 am

I need to make a hole like that in my basement. Would make life soooo much easier!!

I'll be outside today in direct sun rebuilding a transfer case in a '88 Trooper. Great day for that - what's the forecast? 96°today? toothy
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

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Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:23 am

It looks like everyone was well prepared for the extraction...but it isn't the first for that crew. A 900 makes a 520 look like a toy.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:31 am

Hum, I was thinking that my Sunnyside was a heavy stove at about 450 :lol:
Nice job :!:
nortcan
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:37 am

whistlenut wrote:You picked a warm time to remove the Beast. Hopefully she'll make someone else forget about winter next fall. No skin lost? I'm proud of you! Quality never goes out of style!


Legend has it that once upon a time this 900 was yours, and that you get credit for the pick-up points on the top. We tried having guys carry it out like Cleopatra, but that didn't work so good. :lol: We must've been doing it wrong.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:47 am

Rob R. wrote:It looks like everyone was well prepared for the extraction...but it isn't the first for that crew. A 900 makes a 520 look like a toy.


Dave O'Neil gets credit for the smooth extraction; without his experience (and crane :D ) this would have been a lot hairier.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:01 am

I have never moved a 900, but I like to brag that 5 of us put my 520 boiler on the base by hand. I never would have attempted it on my own, but Dave O'Neil coached us and it went smooth.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:29 pm

The guy that welded those attachment points to the top of that boiler must have been sick of factory idiots sending out something that heavy with NO F....ing way to rig it. Hmmmmmm.
I recognize the rigging and a crane in the background....and I'm guessing that was not his first trip to the 'Rodeo', either. You don't have to tell him to 'Cowboy-UP', he's been to more Rodeos' than I knew existed!

A recommendation to everyone who has to move a heavy rig....WELD something ...balanced to the unit. More than one hook is OK.
Sure, we all use or have used the piping ports, but 1000 lbs near my hand, legs or feet needs to more than 2.5 turns on a 1" nipple......Common sense , not trajectory research.
Hopefully she is on her way to a happy home.....and she looked good on the truck and ready for a ride!. :D :idea:
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: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:39 pm

Don't you just love the way Dave rigs his straps? Every time I got something from him or vicea versa he would rig these straps up and they would be held together with a zillion cleavises. All kinds of funky connecter thingys and it would come down to one little one holding it all together. Look at the picture and you can see what I'm talking about. :lol:

By the way Mike, what is going down the hole??????????
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 700. Van Wert 1200.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:36 pm

A tiny 2009 HB Smith gas-fired unit rated at 250k. Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:55 am

I felt the Earth move.
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: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:40 am

Pacowy wrote:A tiny 2009 HB Smith gas-fired unit rated at 250k. Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike



Bet you throw that little guy down the hole with one hand after muscling the beast out. Pure child's play. :)
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 700. Van Wert 1200.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: The 900 Has Left The Building

PostBy: lsayre On: Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:03 pm

Pacowy wrote:Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike


I figure that if we ever move our coal boiler is coming along with us, since with only 30 families officially heating their homes with coal in our Ohio county (out of roughly 46,000 single family homes) it will not be something that will have them tripping over each other and knocking the doors down to be first in line to buy the place.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

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