what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:08 pm

I was dumping my ash pan today and noticed a lot of things that look like kidney beans. The colors range from light red to dark red and they are about the size of a large kidney bean. They are hard as a rock. There must have been a dozen or more, weird.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520


Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:09 pm

diamonds in the rough?
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:10 pm

Can you post pictures of the interlopers?
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:46 pm

Ok here we go. I noticed that the coal had some large chunks in it when i was filling the hopper, I called my coal dealer and he said it was normal for a few larger pieces to slip through. These larger pieces are a mix between petrified wood and metal, they don't totally stick to a magnet but there is some attraction. The ash pan is about 50% fine powder and 50% of these clinker things. I took a picture of the fire burning too, I'm pretty sure I have the air/feed pretty close according to what the manual says. The feed pipe is stone cold all the way up until where it goes through the base, right at the junction it is warm to the touch, not hot by any means but definitely warmer than the cold pipe 2" away from the base.
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e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:57 pm

I've been told that those objects are from high shale content in the coal, but I had a similar problem last year, they actually jammed the grates on my Harman. I think it's more of a mineral of some sort, There was a reddish cast to the fine ash in the stove. Guess it's strip coal, right?

I posted pictures of the clinkers that I had like that back in February or so, maybe you can find them!

John
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: gaw On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:31 pm

They look like clinkers from red ash coal but a bit large for rice coal. My clinkers usually look like a couple pieces of ash fused together with welding slag. Thats the best I can describe it. It seems the hotter the fire the more you get clinkers. Shouldn't be anything to worry about.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:03 pm

Is that strip coal?
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: xackley On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:12 pm

I think those are an essential ingredient for making a fruitcake. Now we know!
xackley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono


Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:56 pm

xackley wrote:I think those are an essential ingredient for making a fruitcake. Now we know!


I actually like fruitcake, in small doses. I don't know why everyone hates it. :help2:
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:30 am

i've found those in rice coal when we are unloading the truck from the breaker.......i'll bet some of that rice is reclaimed coal.....dont have the stuff with buckwheat coal
lincolnmania
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: cheapheat On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:30 am

Hey alleg, I would paint those doo-doo brown and give them out for christmas. Jim
cheapheat
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Channing 3
Stove/Furnace Model: Bagging my own rice coal

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:47 pm

lincolnmania wrote:i've found those in rice coal when we are unloading the truck from the breaker.......i'll bet some of that rice is reclaimed coal.....dont have the stuff with buckwheat coal


Possible but it only takes one large piece to make millions of little pieces, if there stripping near where a mine fire was... Having said that I've seen them occasionally at every breaker I've been too .
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: what the heck are these things in my ash pan?

PostBy: e.alleg On: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:45 pm

I've found that some bags are full of them and some don't have any. Must have been a meteor or something they mined. ;)
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520