Rob R. wrote: how many btu' s is your oil boiler rated at? did it heat the home well?
Oil boiler is 181,000 Weil Mclain, it did ok. I figure it would do better if I could get more flow through the fin tubes.
Boots wrote:I believe when you burn bit coal you don't use the combustion blower(get too many clinkers) only natural draft and over fire draft. Do you have the "soft coal linkage" hooked up to the lower ash pan door for natural draft
No natural draft door. I did in fact pay for a soft coal linkage kit and that is what I was expecting to get, but when I called AHS I was told that the combustion blower is what I needed. I will be on the phone with them this week.
Dennis wrote:What size is the coal.From what the bit. burners say you need lump coal sizes from baseballs to softball and volley balls.You may not be getting enough air thru the coal bed to bring the boiler temps up quicker to satisfy the heat load
The coal is nut size, I will try some lump coal.
steamup wrote:You have insulation failure. Possible water in the pipes. You have a snow melt system, not a house heating system.
I was worried about that when I was putting the pipe together. I thought I was in the clear after the first time it rained and there wasn't any water running into the basement, didn't give much thought to any insulation being ripped off of the pipe. Looks like I'll be digging up the yard again.
steamup wrote:Also, the coal from the power plant... Do you know where it comes from? Could it be from the Powder River Basin brought in by train? This coal is lignite and is very low in btu's per lb.
The coal is brought in on barges it's mostly from SWPA and WV.
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I agree, wish I would have found this forum sooner and spent more time reading rather than trial and error. Thank you for all of the advice and I will keep you all updated on any future progress.