well i now have no doubt that the boiler can keep up with the coldest of winters in my house. i came home the other day and found the basement door wide open. the wife left it open after leaving for work. opps?! this was on the day that the temp didn't get above 10 degrees. went through a but load of coal but the house was 73 to 74 except for the basement.
over all average of coal used is less than the amount use buy the hand fired. and i'm getting all the DWH that i need.
did the first cleaning this morning. i didn't shut it down left it running through the cleaning. didn't have any problems cleaning her out. i did notice that there is a lot of fine ash in the boiler. after cleaning the ash vac witch was about 2/3 full. cleaning the stove pipe was easy. remove cap run brush and recap. the whole reason i cleaned her out was that i had noticed that the draft dropped form .05 to .03. i was getting a faint smell. the co detectors weren't reading any co but i had the smell . i think to be on the safe side that in the future i will clean her out every 1 1/2 ton.
coal to date just under 4 ton. still getting her set right. small adjustments. some adjustments don't show there true self for about 72 hours of running. she reminds me of my first car. if it didn't start it was time to adjust the points or replace them.
well off to jedo to get another ton or so. one of these days ill get the bigger coal bin built.