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
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
, a "New" Master / Muncie stoker