Hey! Look what followed me home
I answered an ad for a Van Wert 600 and this little beauty was there instead. For a little background infoMy house is just shy of 4000 square feet,very well insulated. I currently have an EFM 520 DF installed in the barn and supplying the house with a bad situation of Pex. Leaking Pex has me dumping the heat right into the ground. Decided to move the boiler into the basement and save the cost of new pex. I've been hesitant because of the extra heat and the additional mess involved. The mess I can deal with. After emptying many pans and filling the bin, I think I got it under control. The heat is an extra issue. After visiting Robb Roy's boiler, and seeing that with the right insulation, there isn't a problem. I decided to move mine inside. His basement was surprisingly cool and clean. Thanks Robb
So here this little Van Wert is riding home in back, and I start thinking of the same unit that Joe Migillicutty stole from me last year. Nice compact little unit. Burns coal at a rate of 10 lbs per hour. Which, by the way, is the same feed rate as a EFM 520 set on 4 teeth feed rate. Burning it at an 87% efficiency at that. So the lightbulb goes on and bang, the 400 is going to get a going over and changed out with the barely used oil burner. It will fit in nice. There isn't so much outer boiler to act like a big radiator and heat up the basement. All the good features of a VanWert. Burns buck nicely. Has a deep fire pot so outfires are rare. Can set the timer cycle at a minimal setting for summertime Domestic water. Deep fire pot so it will burn most any coal well.
EFM is a real tough act to follow. If it doesn't work out then the 520 will get jammed in there in a heartbeat. The unit itself is pretty clean. The skins dont need any work to speak of. I might paint the front cover just to fresh it up but other than than, we will see what it needs on a teardown and rebuild. I'll post pictures as I go. I don't think any one has posted a Van Wert rebuild yet. I have a bunch of Van Wert parts that have taking up space so maybe it's time to rebuild a couple stokers.
Heres what we are starting with. Can't get the pictures to stand up right. Sorry.