Thank-you !

Thank-you !

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:46 pm

Last year I found you good folks by chance. I have learned so much about coal, plumbing, controls,balancing a system ,the cost of btu's......So again thank you all for taking the time to write about your diffrent areas of experties.

Last fall my cousin and I jumped in the truck and drove to South Tamaqua coal pockets. I really thought this coal thing was just an urban ledgend. After talking to the loader operator for a long time. ( great guy, think his name was scott. ) now I knew that the coal was very available and at a price that would compeate with wood. ( my heat for 30 plus years.

Next stop was to meet Dave at advanced energy systems in NY. Great guy with tons of knowlage. He had several nice 520 stokers and one looked like it wanted to move to Ct. so i bought it.

Long winter at work till a few weeks ago when the weather broke. My buddy Rich showed up from a long job in the Yukon and spent 3 days winding down in my celler. We demo"ed the old oil boiler,replumbed the monoflow and dhw and then the moment of truth.

Everything that we did worked, all the bits and pieces I learned from you guys was spot on, and Dave sold me a great boiler !

It's been almost a week now and I can't say enough, I wish that 520 was in my house thirty years ago !

Thank-You !
Dave
Dave 1234
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:22 pm

I love a happy ending. Great story Dave.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: dcrane On: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:23 pm

great to hear!!! WE do require payment in form of Photo's though :lol: .... when you get a chance ;)
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:34 pm

Did you have any trouble finding Dave's shop? A few of us like to joke that he has so much steel in and around the shop you just need a compass to find your way. :lol:
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:47 pm

Are you kidding Rob? ... I think he may shift the rotation of the planet with that stash ! :)
Great guy !!

Dave
Dave 1234
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:24 am

Welcome to the Forum & congrats on the good work. You're going to love it for years & years!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:43 pm

nice story for sure!

I said the same thing 5 years ago when I installed my 520... wished i'd have done it sooner for sure.

Great unit, great heat, great savings over many heating alternatives.
Mark (PA)
 
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: iannkt78 On: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:31 pm

Glad to hear your happy.

My wife and I are super excited to be getting a 520 from Dave in the next few weeks. We are just waiting for our foundation to be poured and Dave will be delivering our 520 and hooking it up for us once the house is up. Can't wait. Will be posting many pics once we start our delivery and install.
iannkt78
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Blaschak

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:11 pm

Excellent!

We need pictures!
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:23 pm

Still burning and on week two. Here in New England oil is convienient and wood is cheap,(for some of us) but coal is both ! Not sure how i missed out for this long. Glad i found you coalies. :)

Pictures, yes i will get some in soon. I'm not as good with tech as i am with hands on stuff, sorry.

Terry at Lehigh has 22 ton of his best coming to Ct. this week so more stuff to get pictures of for you guys. Terry is great, and really can make the transaction easy. I sent him a check and he did the rest.

I'm really glad that after wiring all the controls and switches, plumbing in the two floors, dhw, and circulators, now i can trouble shoot this system. Really can't say anyone around here could get her,(she needs a name) up and running if needed.

Still very happy,and promise pictures will follow. :!:

Dave
Dave 1234
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:36 am

Some contacts of mine have had good things to say about the coal from Lehigh, I am looking forward to hearing how you like their rice (or did you get buck?) coal.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:19 am

Rob, I decided on rice because thats what is working well for me now. The ton of coal that the boiler is burning is very nice. Little ash,no out-fires,and the timer only trips 60 seconds on every half hour. ( two min. was giving me temp creep )

Dave
Dave 1234
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:54 am

What feed rate are you using? Does the boiler have a bypass (equalizer) installed between the supply and return header?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:39 am

Rob, after a bit of trial she likes a feed of 4 and air at 3.5 , this gives me a slight dark center, nice ash ring and few pieces of unburned.
I put a 3/4 inch bypass in the plumbing, with warmish nights the ball valve sits at 1/3 open. This brings my two returns back about 15-20 deg. cooler than boiler temp. At idle the return elbow is nice and hot , like the supply elbow........ We are about 35 deg. now at night. 65 daytime

Dave
Dave 1234
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Thank-you !

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed May 01, 2013 5:38 am

I have never been able to run the air that low with 4 teeth of feed...but perhaps your coal burns a little faster than average. Don't fret over the dark spot...it is more like a "slightly darker area" at low feed rates like 4 teeth. Usually I just tell people to make the stoker run for 30+ minutes, and tweak the air so the fire is the same size as the burn plates...any smaller and you will be blowing air through dead ash, any larger and the coal will be trying to burn on the burner ring.

Try running the bypass wide open, it will help keep the boiler temperature more uniform.

Dave 1234 wrote:Little ash,no out-fires,and the timer only trips 60 seconds on every half hour. ( two min. was giving me temp creep )


Define "temp creep". If the boiler is well insulated, it isn't uncommon for them to run 170-180 when running on the timer.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy