HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:59 pm

I am a salesman at a plywood company and I get to meet a lot of people, some strange, some greedy and rude, but mostly all good people.

I mentioned to one of my customers that I switched to heating my house with coal last year. The guy said he had a Harman coal furnace in his basement and that I could have it for FREE as long as I removed it. :? I will be picking the furnace up this week or on the weekend.

The furnace is 90k btu's which is on the small side, I would rather have the larger 2500 series but oh well. I downloaded and printed the Furnace Manual which I read several times.

Does anyone have any experience with this furnace and what should I look for, warped grates for example?
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:33 pm

Here's another question, the guy is also giving me about 3 ton of Stove sized coal. Should I try burning straight stove coal or should I mix that with Nut or Pea as well?
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:41 pm

Stove coal will burn faster than nut or pea, theres more room for air to get through the bed. Id say 6 of one half dozen of the other. Good find btw
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: wsherrick On: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:04 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:Here's another question, the guy is also giving me about 3 ton of Stove sized coal. Should I try burning straight stove coal or should I mix that with Nut or Pea as well?


The key word here is, "give." Free coal burns better than any other kind.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:04 pm

That's for sure William!

I have a mix of stove and nut this year for the Modern Oak 116 and the 208C Glenwoods. I was going to half and half 3 ton nut and 3 of stove but I think I'm going to revise that to 4 tons stove and 2 of nut, since the 116 will be the workhorse and it's the same size as a #6. The kitchen cookstove will burn stove but the box isn't as big so the mix will allow me to keep both happy. It's bulk coal so it will be mixed together and should work out just right for me.

Good score on that furnace EW&F. I'd play around with it till you see what it likes best.
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:31 am

I did some research here about poly bags so that I can bag up the loose coal. Maybe I should also post on Craigslist and FreeCycle that I'm looking for clean used feed bags.

Very strange, but for some reason several people are giving away nearly four tons of NUT and STOVE sized coal in my town?

Also, someone locally is selling a six year old Harman SF-260 hand-fired boiler for a very low price. That's something more than I need or want but if the price is right how can I say no?
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:56 am

EarthWF, I think that the answer to your question about people getting rid of theirs coal and furnaces is "because they are moving :idea: to Antique Stoves and don't need as much coal as before :lol:
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:59 am

Earthwind&fire, I have a friend who is looking for a hand fired boiler, could you pm me the info on that harman260 if you are not interested in it yourself??

Thanks Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: pine grove coal user On: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:50 pm

I am also looking for a SF260 for cheap if anyone has a lead on one.
Thanks, Brian
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: H. S. Tarm, model 202, 1983
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Reading 'bucket a day' stove in storage, waiting for attention
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:11 pm

Greg,

I sent you a PM with the info on the boiler.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:14 pm

I went with the wife and my twelve year old son to look at the furnace. It was about 1.5 hours each way but the severe rain shower added over an hour to the trip back home. :x

So anyway, the inside and outside of the furnace looked fine, except for some surface rust due to the damp conditions and lack of use for several years. However, the warped grates were very evident caused by the over-full ash pan. Without air circulation, the shaker grates warped and would have to be replaced.

Has anyone ever replaced the grates on a Harman furnace and if so, what is the approximate cost of a full replacement set?

Thanks!
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: pine grove coal user On: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:47 pm

I'm sorry I can't help you with a cost. But with all the 'scrap dealers' on this forum I would think you could find someone with a set.
A Harman dealer should be able to quote you a price on a replacement set.
Did you take any pictures?
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: H. S. Tarm, model 202, 1983
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Reading 'bucket a day' stove in storage, waiting for attention
Coal Size/Type: Pea and nut mix
Other Heating: New Yorker oil burner which almost never runs, thanks to the Tarm!

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:32 am

All of the stove dealers I called were closed on Monday's!

I even called Stolz Stoves and all I got was a busy signal. :(
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:15 am

Try here http://www.woodmanspartsplus.com/68/cat ... rence.html I looked up that model the grates are $64 each.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
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Re: HARMAN SF-1500-A FURNACE.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:22 am

Thanks for the help Carl.

I did get a call back from a local Harman dealer, the grates are $ 92.50 for all FOUR grates. 8-) The lead time is about three weeks.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75. (sold)
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

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