Almost missed the boat.

Almost missed the boat.

PostBy: Dave 1234 On: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:24 pm

After enjoying my new 520 from early spring time I was going to shut her down and use electric for DHW this summer. Well a bunch of you, and my boiler man Dave said, "just keep burning" ! Well...........
Today was the last bit of a blue plastic 55 gal. load that has been our coal usage from July 1st .
Dave helped me with the final settings.
Feed, 3 teeth. Air, 5.5 Timer 1.5 min, 2 x per hr. Aquastat is 140 deg. And the bypass loop is full open. We have had nice, plentiful DHW all summer to date.

How did I not know about all this 30 years ago ?

Thanks to all again !

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

Re: Almost missed the boat.

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:29 pm

That is a lot of air for 3 teeth of feed. Is your coal unusually hard or slow burning? I have always gotten good results with 4 teeth and 4 air...maybe 4.5 air depending on the coal.

I am currently burning buck size coal...average 14 lbs per day to make hot water for a family of three. I enjoy just letting it run all summer and keeping the basement warm and dry. Ash tub is full every 10-12 days, easy enough to manage.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Almost missed the boat.

PostBy: tsb On: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:40 pm

Too soon old, too late smart!
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Almost missed the boat.

PostBy: daluds On: Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:11 pm

I can relate to the coal being a hobby statement! Sometimes its like golf, frustrating. But does save a ton of money in heating bills.
daluds
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: EMF
Stove/Furnace Model: DF-520