Leisure Line wrote:Hi Reichard,
Sometimes coal fines get under the shovel (carpet) and raise it off of the grate. When this happens it pinches the shovel against the metal plate on the back of the feeder. There's not a whole lot to be done to correct it once it happens. I would run it till it till it dies, or get a spare so your ready.
LsFarm wrote:Couldn't you burn up the coal in the hopper, remove the stoker mechanism, and clean and vacuum out the fines from under the shovel??
WNY wrote:Mine was making a clinking/grinding noise last night, So, I dropped the stoker motor (2 nuts) and move the stoker/carpet back and forth by hand holding down to loosen anything under the plate mechanism. It Seemed good this morning. I did have a lot fines under the plate and it was all coming back onto the motors and floor....will have to check again and clean better next time I shut it down.
I think you might even be able to slide the stoker plate out from the back once dropping the stoker motor down. I didn't pull it that far back. Not sure if there is a stop to keep it form going too far? it only travels 1/2"-1" back and forth.
av8r wrote:I think you're right. I don't believe there is anything stopping the carpet from being pulled out from the back once the stoker arm and bearing have been removed from the shaft. Would seem reasonable to clean that area once in a while.
Leisure Line wrote:I'm sorry that I wasn't clear on the shovel thing. Cleaning under the shovel is needed, but the damage to the motor might be lasting. I think in the manual we recommand cleaning under the shovel every two tons of coal.
Leisure Line wrote:You can disassemble the feeder without removing it. The grate will lift off from the front. Tap it upward with a hammer in the front to loosin it then pull forward. You'll see it sets inside a channel and kind of locks in place. The gasket that is in the back of the grate is very, very, very important. This gasket seals off the grate from the feeder chassis. If not inplace there will be a hopper fire. The gasket is 1/4 X 3/4 flat gasket material. You can pick it up at any stove shop.