Boiler Stoves in the U.S.?

Re: Boiler Stoves in the U.S.?

PostBy: Short Bus On: Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:56 pm

This looks to have turned into a discusion about water backs or heating water from your heating stove.

I have an old coal range with a water back or casting full of water in the side of the fire box, this was side armed on a forty gallon uninslulated tank all plumbed with 1" pipe. This stove was basically my only heat sourse and in the coldest part of winter it would gurgle and simmer along and I would flush the toilet lowering the water preasure and then it would really grumble and spit steam at the faucet till the well pump cut in and settled it down. I would then ether take a shower or do laundy. I then went to putting a fan on the tank blowing cold air from the floor up the tank and this seamed to cure the problem, till I put a stoker fired boiler in the garage, indirect hot water tank and removed that water back from my stove.

My family has a past with water backs. Not sure what relative it was but he replumed his house when he recived electricity and added an electric hot water tank, removing the side arm tank. On first firing of the stove his wife complained of water coming out of the stove as it warmed up, he grabbed his supplies and plugged both holes in the water back. It exploded while he was out getting wood and she was trying out her new washing machine in another room. That was back in Washington State early 1900's.

Around town here where power didn't come untill 1986, some still talk about side arm tanks gurgling and spitting steam in the coldest part of the year.

If you heat water you need ASME ratings, relief valves, and some comon sense, especially if it is hand fired, based on room temperature. If I did it again I would put the tank in another room, to spread the heat around the house and add a dump zone of some kind with a mechanically operated valve and gravity circulation.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only

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Re: Boiler Stoves in the U.S.?

PostBy: alpineboard On: Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:32 am

Something like this, a yard sale find. Florin Foundry mfg co, 810 Dome, coal boiler holds approx 16 pounds of coal, refractory looked almost new, any suggestions on uses? How about an add on to a 3 section oil boiler with a feed loop hooked to a large radiant slab, with a possible gravity fed radiator above in case of power loss. Or used as a hot tub heater once in a while during winter.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

Re: Boiler Stoves in the U.S.?

PostBy: dchartt On: Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:25 am

nice find
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glacier Bay