No Dcrane, they are an excellent sectional boiler that really gets the heat out of the exhaust gas. The gases have to come up the front where a little secondary air can be added and then go the whole length of the boiler surrounded by water to get out. With wood, and a house that is undersized, this means creosote. That guy had a draft issue. It also sounds like he was one of the people that think 1) if you smolder a fire it never gets hot enough to start a chimney fire and 2) you get all the heat out of each stick by burning slow with no draft. I have met these lunatics. As I said, my business partner added sections to make his take a 24 inch stick. This is a lot of wood, and coal! I think he could put well over 100 lbs. in it. They are built for coal originally unlike most boilers that we use for wood in the US. They are(were) made in France. Once he gets this running and learns to burn, it will be as nice as you can buy for a handfed boiler.
My old partner sold his house in Cutler, Me this summer so I am sure the Chappee stayed with it. The guy from Alaska that owns it will learn to appreciate it or tear it out not knowing what he has. I will have to ask if my friend is going to burn coal in his new house in the Waldoboro area. Stoker maybe?