The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: dalmatiangirl61 On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:58 pm

Here is an update on the Muncie stoker, its almost finished, just 2 little pieces left to paint (damper cover and cleanout cover), and need to fabricate a new damper because it was missing, frame was there, but no damper. The damper is supposed to be in the air feed tube, I'm guessing it needs to be light enough so that it opens at a lower draft than the baro damper, yet will close if I get a puffback?

The plan was to move the Sunbeam furnace down to basement door a few weeks ago, but then it snowed heavily and nothing is going up or down the driveway without 4wd, which nobody here has on a forklift. On top of that its so cold I'm scared to disconnect the wood stove in fear I'd freeze to death before the furnace and stoker were up and running right :lol: .

Went and checked out the other 2 stokers, the first is another Muncie, it is a Model 35, missing the blower and motor, but at least it will be a spare gearbox and maybe auger for the ST20 Muncie (as far as I can tell the Model 35 and ST20 used the same gearbox). That stoker is installed in a Sears "Indestructo" octopus furnace, about 5' 6" tall and 4 foot diameter. The basement is small, and unheated, so I'm going to wait till spring to pull it.

The other stoker is an Iron Fireman DeLuxe, not sure if there is anything special about the DeLuxe model, or if they were all Deluxe models? This stoker was installed in an International Heater Co. "Economy" octopus furnace, about the same size as the Indestructo furnace. This one was in a heated basement, so I've broken it down and was hoping to haul it out today, but homeowner was mia today.

Both of the octopus furnaces were in fairly small homes, kind of wondering if either is large enough for this place? I know these were made in different sizes, but I cannot find anything that gives the different sizes or btu ratings, anyone know anything about these? My neighbor has a monster one in the old theater (she hopes to use it again), its at least 7 foot tall and 6 foot diameter and still has the Iron Fireman stoker.

And now for your viewing pleasure, something the world has not seen for awhile :lol: , a "New" Master / Muncie stoker :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: Mystery Wood Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: Creosote King

Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:03 pm

Great job! Can't wait to hear how it works!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
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Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:32 pm

That is one SWEET looking stoker! Ready for action! You are wasting time not getting that furnace in the basement. Winter will be over pretty soon. ;) Just busting on you. Is it possible to set the furnace next to the wood stove and get it mostly set up so all you have to do is hook up the exhaust? The furnace breaks down into pieces that are manageable.
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Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: franco b On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:20 am

If moxie were money you would be wealthy. You certainly have my respect.
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Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: Berlin On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:27 am

looks good!


It looks like someone replaced the oem tuyeres with will-burt tuyeres and added shims to make them fit. Be sure they're as tight as possible and use one or two worm gear clamps to keep them together before installing it in a hearth.
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Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: dalmatiangirl61 On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:33 pm

Thanks everybody! Unfortunately I will not be able to get this thing installed till next year, if I'm going to use one of the octopus furnaces I'm thinking the Indestructo looks like a better built furnace, and it needs to wait till spring. The south wall of my room (where the woodstove is) has been prepped and ready for plastering for 2 years now, I just need to pull the woodstove out of the way and get that done next summer, then get the furnace installed. On top of that the flunkies at the shop have been calling every week for the past month asking when I'm coming back, they finally killed the engine on the big JD loader and want me to come fix it :bang:

Between sealing up some air leaks, the oriental carpeting, and adding an MPD to the woodstove, room temp has not dropped below 60 this year, and that was with -20 outdoor temps, and the lowest temps were in the morning after the woodstove had been off for 6 hours. Even then, burning wood as hot and fast as I can ALL day long room temp never got over 68, and at -20 it was more like 64, not as warm as I'd like, but not far from it either. First year I was here room temp was the same as outdoor temps, and every year its gotten better, hopefully next year I can crank it up to 80 :lol:

Merry Christmas everybody, hope you are where you want to be, and with those you want to be with :discuss:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Mystery Wood Stove
Stove/Furnace Model: Creosote King

Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:38 pm

Beware any asbestos that those octopi may be hiding in their tentacles.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:32 am

You are reporting some pretty cold temperatures... where are you located ??

I have an Iron Fireman installed in a wood boiler, it is a pretty neat unit.

I'd get any of the furnaces in the basement, and start sorting out all the controls and wiring.. it takes longer than you think, [at least it does for me!! ] Then if the opportunity comes, you can do a one-day swap over.

OR do as suggested, set both of the heaters side by side, and get the 'new' one fully hooked up, then just swap the chimney flue pipe.

Best of luck.
Greg L

Merry Christmas !!
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Re: The Little Muncie Stoker in a Furnace

PostBy: dalmatiangirl61 On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:55 pm

Hi Greg, I'm in NE Nevada, 6000 ft elevation. the -20 temps were a couple weeks ago when the cold front came thru. Temps this week are kind of balmy in comparison, daytime highs in the low 40's, and nights in the single digits :lol:
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