YELLOW FLAME

YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:24 am

I got a call to replace the grates in a Yellow Flame on Monday. When I got there and took a good look at the blower side of the boiler it was scary. Every nut and bolt holding the grates and air chamber on the base were rusted beyond the point of no return!! Sorry the pic didn't come out better. I told him I could replace the grates through the fire door but its the side rail I'm concerned with. It has to be replaced and the only way to do it is if I can crawl inside and work on it that way. The side rail was burned out and rigged with a masonry trowel and C-clamp. :shock: Check out the pic. I was able to sit inside the boiler . I told him if I'm able to heat the bolts on the side rail and loosen them this can work. It took some time but I was able to get them loose and replace everything. Just thought you might like this one. Here are some pics.
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MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:38 am

That last picture says it all. Nice work!
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: Wiz On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:43 pm

Amazing that someone would let it get to that point, nice job on getting it back in shape.
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: Dennis On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:51 pm

job well done,I'm sure someone else would of wanted to replace the whole thing.That's what your experence and expertize can do. And I was wondering where I left my trowel at. :clap:
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:15 pm

Thanks for the comps......I get a lot of calls like that. 5 years past due on repairs. No one wants to touch anything but an EFM. But I do explain to these people that I might be opening a can of worms once I start working on it. But it still is better than replacing it. Thats why I didn't touch the blower side of the boiler. That would be an entirely different project to drill and restud every bolt or get into a welding project. We'll attempt that next year he agreed to. Whats your address Dennis? I'll sent your trowel back :lol:
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:19 pm

MATTHEW D. wrote:Thanks for the comps......I get a lot of calls like that. 5 years past due on repairs. No one wants to touch anything but an EFM. But I do explain to these people that I might be opening a can of worms once I start working on it. But it still is better than replacing it. Thats why I didn't touch the blower side of the boiler. That would be an entirely different project to drill and restud every bolt or get into a welding project. We'll attempt that next year he agreed to. Whats your address Dennis? I'll send your trowel back :lol:
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:31 pm

Nice job Matt.

Could you retrofit a Keystoker stoker on that boiler?
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:50 pm

MATTHEW D. wrote:Whats your address Dennis? I'll sent your trowel back :lol:

Better have the guy hold onto the trowel and the c-clamp. He may need them in 15-20 years, and after all they were removed from an operating unit so we know they are serviceable.
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:28 am

Rob R. wrote:Nice job Matt.

Could you retrofit a Keystoker stoker on that boiler?

Thanks Rob........I never tried to do that but it can be done with some modifications.
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:28 am

I have a yellow flame 3 grate boiler. Yes you can retrofit a Keystoker unit right onto it. Just have to fabricate a mounting plate and your off and running. I checked into that on the off chance that Marks supply in Shenandoah Pa. decided to quit carrying parts. Just a quick interesting note. My side rail is cracked halfway through top to bottom. It's the same one and cracked in the same place that one was broken!!!
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
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Baseburners & Antiques: rebuilding a 1906 March Brownback Double Heater, using a UMCO 1920's Pot Belly stove in the church
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:40 am

blrman07 wrote:I have a yellow flame 3 grate boiler. Yes you can retrofit a Keystoker unit right onto it. Just have to fabricate a mounting plate and your off and running. I checked into that on the off chance that Marks supply in Shenandoah Pa. decided to quit carrying parts. Just a quick interesting note. My side rail is cracked halfway through top to bottom. It's the same one and cracked in the same place that one was broken!!!

That is interesting.........Maybe you should pic up a trowel and c-clamp to get through the next few years.........just a thought :lol:
MATTHEW D.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AXEMAN-ANDERSON & EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 & 900 x 2

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: Dennis On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:03 pm

MATTHEW D. wrote:
blrman07 wrote:I have a yellow flame 3 grate boiler. Yes you can retrofit a Keystoker unit right onto it. Just have to fabricate a mounting plate and your off and running. I checked into that on the off chance that Marks supply in Shenandoah Pa. decided to quit carrying parts. Just a quick interesting note. My side rail is cracked halfway through top to bottom. It's the same one and cracked in the same place that one was broken!!!

That is interesting.........Maybe you should pic up a trowel and c-clamp to get through the next few years.........just a thought :lol:


I'm all out of trowels,sorry :funny:
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:46 pm

Still got the c clamp though? that could get me four more years of usage before the side rail completely falls off right?
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Baseburners & Antiques: rebuilding a 1906 March Brownback Double Heater, using a UMCO 1920's Pot Belly stove in the church
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:15 pm

blrman07 wrote:Still got the c clamp though? that could get me four more years of usage before the side rail completely falls off right?

Pick up some duct tape also....... just in case your hopper starts falling off.............
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Re: YELLOW FLAME

PostBy: MATTHEW D. On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:06 pm

BTW the duct tape wasn't my work :lol:
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