Diary of a Surdiac

Re: Diary of a Surdiac

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:31 am

Lightning wrote:Hey Joe! Did you try some graphite lube where the two parts are making contact?

I like those easy fixes Lee. I'll give it a try. Never thought of it. My concern for greasing that area was the heat, but you're right, dry graphite could work. I'll let you know.

michaelanthony wrote:joep As you stated, an antique stove would fit your location real nice and I can think of a couple others as well, just ask and I will add my $.02. You are centrally located in the heart of New England and much closer to PA. than many so have fun shopping. The antique market seems to have ticked up a couple notches over the last year but spring and summer is always a good time to pick up a diamond in the rough. I am glad you found your squeek, sometimes the little things bug the crap out of me. Your family must be proud of the work you put in this winter, we are!


Thanx Mike, and you're right also. I'ld love to find another stove someday, even if I'll need to modify my wall thimble, due to the severely low mounting of the stove pipe outlet of the Surdiac. I haven't heard yet of any antique stoves that will fit my application directly, but I'll keep hunting.
Hope all are enjoying your stoves while they "idle" during our warm-up spell. I believe another 'bout of ole man winter is still waiting around the corner, to justify a little more, coal warmth.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Diary of a Surdiac

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:49 pm

(Picture at bottom)
And so concludes another winter season, and figured I'ld get this update in for my last post. It's always satisfying to end on a good note, and this year isn't any different. I learned some-more of the temperaments and antics of my stove, and can honestly say it performed well after some adjustments and modifications that this site educated me towards.
To sum up my experiences, my usual heart-ache was with the minimal burn-times. It had seemed that a lot of the time, the stove wouldn't go more than 6 hrs before clogging and dieing. When I say "dieing", I don't mean having to restart the stove from scratch, but picking up from the previous nite with a coal bed so weak it "appeared" to be out.
So I performed some sealing of the grate edges to prevent secondary air from affecting the burn, and opened up the fins in the grates to allow more air to enter under the coal bed, and even added a baro-damper, which appeared to help the most. Towards the end of the season, I was able to increase my burn-times to about 8 hrs when the stove was running on a medium heat, and making more ash. This last month, since the weather has warmed up, it seems on "very" low, I can get it to go much more. Maybe as much as 14-15 hrs W/O tending. However, running this low, the stove is producing minimal heat, (barely 200*). I learned that when I turn the thermostatic knob down to 1/2 or .5, and set the baro-damper to slow the draft from - .04 down to -.01 or .02, it'll just keep on going. I've literally had it set this low for 3 days, in the hopes of it going out,and the hopper is finally M/T, and down to the coal bed. "But It's still burning"! We're talking less than $2 a day worth of coal. And all those worried mornings of "thinking" the fire was almost out, in reality, was still burning up in the hopper. I learned it doesn't take too much time to re-ignite it into a hot and healthy fire to keep us warm the rest of the day.
All in all, this little Surdiac finally paid itself off this winter admirably. It kept our little house, (1500 sq/ft 2 story farmhouse) about 70-75* when the OATs were in the teens and 20s, and saved me at least 1 maybe 2 fill-ups of the dreaded oil tank. it wouldn't bother me a bit to use it in the next few heating seasons, 'specially if OPEC still has their way. So to all on this site that participated in my thread, I thank you for your opinions. And to all you Surdiac owners, keep the faith, and have a good summer. I'll leave you with a final picture of my stove, fighting for it's last ounce of breath. :(
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joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Diary of a Surdiac

PostBy: confedsailor On: Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:36 am

I wish I had been following this thread during the winter. I went round and round myself trying to get the knack for the little waffles and beer stove. I started the season with Blashak pea. It was a good bit more ash than the susquehanna I had been burning the prior year. Then on a lark I tried a bit of nut Blashak. It was like a totally different stove, the bigger size really let him breathe, but it was the way the coal burned to fine powder that really made me happy.

Beyond the fuel aspects, the stove stayed on a set schedule 0640, top off hopper, poke down, set dial to 1.5-2. 1400 check hopper, poke down, dial up to 3-4. 1800 check hopper, poke down whether it needs it or not. 2200 check hopper, good and thorough poking. set to 0-.5 for nighttime hold. next morning stove would still have fire in the pot, not just up in the hopper.

Don't despair, worst come to worst, apply verbal lubricant, just remember you have to cuss at machinery in its native tongue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_profanity There are some Flemish gems in there that will work
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac 513
Coal Size/Type: stuck with cruddy clinker claus pea coal.

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Re: Diary of a Surdiac

PostBy: joeq On: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:15 am

Tried nut coal in mine. Just clogged the hopper. wouldn't drop.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Diary of a Surdiac

PostBy: confedsailor On: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:23 am

I remember you mentioned it. I did have the occasional problems with the nut, but what was far more frustrating was the roulette wheel of bagged Blashak. I'd rather stick to Susquehanna pea from Fleming's feed over in Preston. My hopper is also on its way out. I figure 2 more heating seasons in it.
confedsailor
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac 513
Coal Size/Type: stuck with cruddy clinker claus pea coal.

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