Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:37 am

I found this site before my very first coal fire so I kinda understood what a puff back was. Let me say YOU DONT KNOW WHAT A PUFF BACK IS UNTIL YOU HAVE ONE. I wasnt as lucky as lightning to make the fetal position, I had to change the "drawers" :oops:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:04 am

Did it look like either one of these .. or both? toothy

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Coal, puffback.wmv
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:11 pm

I felt more like the cat in your video :woot: :baby:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite


Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: btrowe1 On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:42 pm

You need to add a rule to the rules post..
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska stoker 140 Coal
Stove/Furnace Make: alaska stove

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: tikigeorge On: Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:20 pm

I don't know if this is better but I use corn oil. Also I keep a 6o watt light bulb in side to keep out the moisture.
tikigeorge
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: kcarr On: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:23 pm

Lightning,
That is a fascinating and very educational story for me. Thank you for sharing it with us.
You cannot be careful enough running these furnaces, boilers and stoves, and by telling your story you probably have saved a few people out there perhaps, a very dangerous fire that will not now happen.

In summertime when I shut down my VA-600 Van Wert coal stoker, late June to late August, I keep coal stoker warm and dry by letting a little warm water
feed back into the stoker unit when I am using the oil burner for summer domestic water...
....in winter time it is the reverse and warm water from the
stoker feeds back into the oil burner. seems to keep everything dried out.

Ken Carr
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA-600 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:41 am

tikigeorge wrote:I don't know if this is better but I use corn oil. Also I keep a 6o watt light bulb in side to keep out the moisture.


Corn oil, huh that's cool.. I imagine it would react similar to the motor oil in my lite up situation, not sure.. I also kept a light bulb inside to keep the humidity level down :D
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:48 pm

Do it again Dad ... that was neat !
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503