Venting problems with Magnum????

Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: pa coal cracker On: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:46 pm

Had this stove since 2009, no problems until this year.
I'm getting the sulfer smell. ( not all the time)
Manometer reading in flue .06, fire box .06 ( burning buckwheat)
30 ft chimney (block withe clay flue) was cleaned in Sept. (hardly any dirt).
I do the basic cleaning every spring,I put a new glass in this year. All the gaskets are original (they seem ok).
Any sugestions? thank you
pa coal cracker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: MarkII and Mag Stoker

Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:58 pm

Do you have a CO detector? If not I would get one, while I was at the store buying the detector I would buy new gasket and start there.
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: pa coal cracker On: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:01 pm

Yep I have a detector
pa coal cracker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: MarkII and Mag Stoker


Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:10 pm

Have you changed coal ? The Blaschak coal I got last year has a
funky sulfur smell in the hopper. Not real bad, but enough to notice.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:55 pm

pa coal cracker wrote:Manometer reading in flue .06, fire box .06 ( burning buckwheat)


Throttle the air back a little, you want the fire box draft to be a lower reading than the flue draft. When the *over the fire* draft is equal or greater than the flue draft, the fire box can become slightly pressurized and will find any imperfections in the gaskets or back up into hopper and seep exhaust gases.
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: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: pa coal cracker On: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:53 am

Turned the air back (.04 -.05) firebox..........(.06) flue
I agree this will certainly help if not totaly fix the problem.
How long between gasket changes, and is there anything else I should be doing along with yearly cleaning?
I have never removed the main feeder body, I check the mounting bolts making sure they are tight,clean and blow it out.
pa coal cracker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: MarkII and Mag Stoker

Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:28 am

Have you always burned buck? The magnum prefers rice. If I try to burn buck in my boiler, which uses the same stoker as your magnum, I get the smell out of the hopper. Try switching to rice. Or a rice buck mix.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Venting problems with Magnum????

PostBy: pa coal cracker On: Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:27 pm

I've been burning buck since day one, never had a problem.
I never had to change any settings up until now. The more I think about it the buckwheat seems bigger in size.
Which would let more air through into the fire box. Could be the screens are getting a little worn at the breaker.
pa coal cracker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: MarkII and Mag Stoker