Need help identifying my boiler

Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: Erik D. Schmid On: Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:58 pm

12 years ago I purchased a house built in 1906. It originally had coal stoves in various rooms when it was constructed, but at some point these were removed and a coal boiler was installed. This boiler was eventually converted to oil by having a Beckett burner installed. After nearly going broke buying fuel oil I decided to use wood instead. Worked great at first, but that is now getting expensive as well. I want to switch it back to coal. However, I need to know what the make is so that I can find replacement grates for it as the originals are long gone. The only thing that has been changed is the ash door. Since that was the opening where the oil burner was installed, it was discarded. What is in its place is the firebox door. The door now covering the firebox was from an old US Radiator Capitol - Red Top. I'm located in MN, so pretty much anything related to coal burning is confined strictly to steam trains and tractors. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: McGiever On: Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:30 pm

I'm no help on identifying your boiler. :(

But you may want to call and talk to these people... http://heatherfurnace.com/index.php?page=grates.html
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: blrman07 On: Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:42 am

Hard to tell under that insulation but it has the general appearance of an American Radiator Cast iron sectional boiler.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310 this summer
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

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Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:21 am

I'm pretty sure american radiator company boilers have a four leaf clover on the cleanout door.
carlherrnstein
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous

Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: McGiever On: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:33 pm

Grates ???


http://lancaster.craigslist.org/for/3268789301.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: Pacowy On: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:46 pm

Looks like a job for a conversion stoker.

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

Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: SCOTTAJ31 On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:34 pm

your boiler looks just like mine minus the two bottom doors which i believe where removed when converted to oil... i noticed you said you burned wood in yours was there anything special you did as this is what im looking at doing but cant seem to get a strait answer from anyone if i can ??
SCOTTAJ31
 
Stove/Furnace Make: capitol red top
Stove/Furnace Model: a08

Re: Need help identifying my boiler

PostBy: Erik D. Schmid On: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:00 pm

Sorry for the delay. For the burning of wood I had to put in a chimney liner to help with the draft as my chimney is 35'. I've since given up on wood and have started burning coal. Much easier, cleaner, and safer. This is what it was designed for, so I figured why not go back to it. :)
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