KingCoal wrote:could you reverse the hopper and move the discharge out toward the front ? or would you simply have the same problem in a new location ?
As I recall, the hopper won’t fit in the other way. And yes, it might very well just move the problem to the front.
KingCoal wrote:a fix for the hopper
I thought of putting a diverter plate inside the back of the hopper, at the bottom, to narrow the opening and force the coal forward. But even now nut coal will sometimes bind up at the bottom of the hopper – making it narrower could be a problem. Next idea is bolting a straight extension on the bottom back of the hopper to lower the height of the coal pile that flows out.
KingCoal wrote: there is about 4" min. between the back of the hopper and the brick retaining bracket on the 1400. i'm sure the space is at least that big on the others too.
Yes, I think they built the 1300 by chopping off about 4 ½ inches of depth (one set of convection pipes) off the back of the 1400.
KingCoal wrote:send the pic's to DSM and encourage them to remedy the problem
That’s my plan, call them first and see what they have to say, and go from there. It would be easier to send pictures if they had email – gosh, they installed electricity and telephones, what’s one little step further down the slippery slope?