Another CO close call.

Another CO close call.

PostBy: rockwood On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:01 am

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Another reminder to make sure chimney systems are working properly and to have at least one CO detector...especially for those burning during warmer months when draft is weaker.
rockwood
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Rockwood Stoveworks Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
Coal Size/Type: Soft coal: Lump and stoker (slack coal)

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:28 am

Yeah thats scary!! CO from a natural gas furnace or a propane furnace is very scary. I burned propane before I started using coal. When I took out the propane furnace I found a gaping hole where the vent pipe went into the chimney. Since then, I've often wondered about the winters prior, when myself or family members hadn't felt well and had lengths of being tired and lethargic. Since propane burns without an odor, a vent leak would be totally undetectable since we didn't have CO detectors at the time. At least with coal exhaust, you can smell the sulfur in it. Of course I have two CO detectors now, but didn't consider a problem back then..
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:10 am

That family came very close to a tragic ending. Too close.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:59 am

Wow. And this time of the year in some ways is the most potentially dangerous for coal burners. For those who do not have cleanout T's on there vent pipes, flyash accumulation combined with lower drafts due to warming temperatures can be a bad combination. I urge everyone to be aware of this potential. I've cleaned out my vent at least 5 times this season and every time I was amazed at the amount of flyash in the verticals. Check your vents and change batteries in your CO detectors if you have not already.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:03 am

As a kid ,my grandmother told us many times over about this person or that had died from coal gas as many of the old houses had unlined brick chimneys up the center of the house. so when I finally decided to go coal I couldnt take a chance and I put the thing in the garage which for me ended up being better on many levels anyway. I couldnt imagine doing something that ended up killing my family :sick: Hope everybody has several of the co detectors....
waldo lemieux
 
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:16 am

where? is a few good places to get/buy a good co detector????????
buffalo bob
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:20 am

Home Depot has the Kiddie Night Hawk model with digital ppm readout. Around $35 I think.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:25 pm

I buy stuff like that on eBay or Amazon.

This thread just reminded me that I haven't changed that CO detector battery in over 20 months! Hasn't gone off in the 8 years it's been here - crumbling, unlined chimney or not. 8-)
SMITTY
 
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Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:53 pm

SMITTY wrote:I buy stuff like that on eBay or Amazon.

This thread just reminded me that I haven't changed that CO detector battery in over 20 months! Hasn't gone off in the 8 years it's been here - crumbling, unlined chimney or not. 8-)


yo smitty, from the videos i've seen ya better change the battery on that steam detector!! :lol:
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:05 pm

titleist1 wrote:
SMITTY wrote:I buy stuff like that on eBay or Amazon.

This thread just reminded me that I haven't changed that CO detector battery in over 20 months! Hasn't gone off in the 8 years it's been here - crumbling, unlined chimney or not. 8-)


yo smitty, from the videos i've seen ya better change the battery on that steam detector!! :lol:



Actually you better change that CO detector. Their sensors are only reliable for 5 or 7 years, depending on the model.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:06 pm

the one by the bedrooms was going off weird the other night, it's a plug in one, but I also had one right next to the stove, and it had no reading of CO at all, moved it upstairs and there was still no reading. Time for a new one that was flaking out. I think it's at least 5 years old.

I think I have 6 smoke and 4 CO detectors....cant' be too safe!!
WNY
 
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: whistlenut On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:11 pm

Close only counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.....naaaw, fooling with human life is in there somewhere.......how do you explain: I forgot to change the batteries.....
GET a detector...only $34-50.......change batteries.......AND hard wire if possible. Too much paper work not too...if anything goes bad.......OMGawd.

I'm with those who say: REPLACE it every year or two. Sensors do degrade over time....so why explain that to the Fire Marshal or Insurance Company....let alone the family and friends that have to pick up the pieces of your former life.........especially those who say: I didn't smell any CO2!!!!!!!!!! Odorless, colorless, tasteless...why is it sooooo hard to understand this concept????????????????? Your nervous system has been neutralized.....the deep sleep is about to end your days on the planet. 10-2, no phone, ET, ole buddy! :eek2: :alone: :stretcher: :fear:
whistlenut
 
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:36 pm

I built a deck on back of house to put my harman sf260 on, and enclosed it. The coal boiler room is attached to back wall of house, but the coal boilers chimney exits out the gable(side) end of the boiler room. I did it this way so as to not have any possible leakage of chimney into living area of house. 2 heating seasons, no issues. I also take shop vac, and duct tape a smaller 1 1/4 hose to it, and back feed it thru baro dampner during(while heating) heating season to keep the chimney clear of fly ash from boiler outlet, to outside "T" of chimney, flat run area. Works good, when done cleaning take shop vac outside, dump it, and check for any embers in filter, plus wet filter down just in case. Yet i should get a Co detector, but just haven't yet.
wilder11354
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:04 pm

Many many years ago when my Dad bought his first coal heater from the Alaska dealer in Oley, PA, the dealer would NOT deliver the stoves unless you bought CO detectors or already had them in your house. And these were the old style that had no digital readout or any indication of levels. It just went off if it detected CO.

Since then we have all graduated to multiple CO detectors and multiple fire or smoke alarms.

Yep, can't be too safe now a days. Especially with the more air tight homes built in the last 20 years.



Rick
Rick 386
 
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Re: Another CO close call.

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:09 pm

I know first hand how you need them,I was awaken at 3:30 one morning after I lost draft and the levels were 100PPM when the detectors sounded got me up and I was able to correct the problem before It became a real big problem.I still to this day don't understand why people don't have CO,smoke,and gas detectors(If you have any type of gas in the house) :mad3: but I"m sure It's the cost,I don't have the money for that stuff as there smoking a $6.00 pack of cigarettes and scratching $20.00 instant lottery tickets :bang:.Keepaeyeonit
Keepaeyeonit
 
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