summer shut down

summer shut down

PostBy: drzbob On: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:35 am

Hi all; new to coal with a Keystroker K6, started end of Jan 2013 and as I posted before had some issues with system pressure. Seems all wel now but with boiler in barn next to house, its not practical to get DHW so will shut down for summer. Need to add heat loops in house anyway as first floor was too cold. My question is to use a light bulb or small heater to keep the inside of the K6 from rusting? I plan to plug vent pipe and clean out the hopper, did use under coating in hopper. Any other idea's from you long term coal burners!!!!! thanks bob
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Re: summer shut down

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:46 am

Hi, I like the bulb :idea: and use it in my 2 stoves. This year I try an other thing : shooting baking soda with a small sandblasting gun to ""coat"" parts with a PH + (basic)product.
You can see some details about the bulbs and baking soda on my posts: I have my Base Burner B.B.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride

Re: summer shut down

PostBy: Kungur On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:25 am

Today shutdown to do some mainetenace on our KA-2.I am planning a temporary.Vacthe flue and ageneralclean-up,oil the blow and stocker motor. Then start it up again as we use it for DHW and the added benefit of a dehumidifier!
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
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Re: summer shut down

PostBy: PRengert On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Scrape the boiler down, vaccuum under the grates, seal up all the openings (stoker, under grate, flue, doors) and use a bulb or small heater.

The flue pipe should be brushed out, washed with a baking soda+soap solution and :arrow: thoroughly rinsed out with a hose and dried.

Then lube the stoker and motors and you're done.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6

Re: summer shut down

PostBy: drzbob On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:14 pm

thanks all, never thought of the baking soda to neutralize the acid's. good idea's!!!!
Any one Fluid Film inside the stoker?
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Re: summer shut down

PostBy: hcarlow On: Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:40 pm

drzbob wrote:thanks all, never thought of the baking soda to neutralize the acid's. good idea's!!!!
Any one Fluid Film inside the stoker?


I am going to wash with baking soda ,try some fluid film on some areas and using a thin coating of syn. motor oil on others such as inside the boiler tubes etc. , along with the light bulb after that is all done and sealed up .
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL 110

Re: summer shut down

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:30 pm

Honestly I've tried most or all of the things listed here over the years. I've found just a good vacuuming, seal up the openings and use the drop light works best. No need to spray down with coatings etc. Moisture is the enemy. By sealing and using the light bulb, the boiler looks just like it does when its burning. No corrosion. I disassemble the stoker and clean it thoroughly.I will say after 10 heating seasons of service my boiler looks really good. No rust in the hopper, original stoker motor, blower and grates. Looks like I'll get another few years out of the grates.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
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Re: summer shut down

PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:50 pm

I'll also be temporarily shutting down boiler for routine maintenance. Going to use boiler for dhw. Should hopper get undercoated if burning yr round?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
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Re: summer shut down

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:00 pm

Based on my experience, I'd say no. That is unless you are putting wet coal in it.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
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