VF3000 harman

VF3000 harman

PostBy: Arte On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:10 pm

loving my new stove , seeing alot of harman bashing but coal sure beats wood . one quick question , seeing raw unburnt coal on floor of unit , looks to be coming out around edges between feeder and grates any ideas ?
Last edited by Richard S. on Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:11 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:12 pm

Pictures? They speak volumes of what you are seeing.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:25 pm

I used to see fines coming out around the sides but not large chunks of coal. There must be to much gap there where the pusher feeds it up the ramp to the grates. Seems the only way for that to happen is for the stoker unit to be pushed in to far as I dont remember a gasket in this area. Never took mine back out. Someone else that has one will weigh in soon.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

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Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: Wiz On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:37 am

Welcome to the world of coal burning. Never had a problem with Harman products, and some people have nothing better to do then bashing.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:02 am

I've never had that problem with coal being pushed off the sides. Could your grates be in backwards? They will fit that way. The hump or curved end goes at the end where the ash drops off. If it's not that then I'm at a loss.

Also could a mod with magical mod powers move this to the proper section so it will be seen by the right people? Thanks.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:20 am

The hump or curved end goes at the end where the ash drops off. If it's not that then I'm at a loss.


I wish I was home with mine to peek at it.....that does not sound right to me. I believe mine comes out and pushes up a sharp hump and then slides down the slope and falls off? Does yours push a full bed across and up the slope and then falls over the hump? Anyhoo, I was thinking the flanges of the stoker bed itself leave a low spot back at the point it penetrates the boiler wall, where the firebrick go. I felt I had fines come out because of a small crack there. If the stoker is pushed in with out the gasket in place on the outside of the boiler(going on memory) it might make a crack big enough for rice coal to get out.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:34 am

KLook wrote:
The hump or curved end goes at the end where the ash drops off. If it's not that then I'm at a loss.


I wish I was home with mine to peek at it.....that does not sound right to me. I believe mine comes out and pushes up a sharp hump and then slides down the slope and falls off? Does yours push a full bed across and up the slope and then falls over the hump? Anyhoo, I was thinking the flanges of the stoker bed itself leave a low spot back at the point it penetrates the boiler wall, where the firebrick go. I felt I had fines come out because of a small crack there. If the stoker is pushed in with out the gasket in place on the outside of the boiler(going on memory) it might make a crack big enough for rice coal to get out.

Kevin


Kevin - you are correct. Brain fart due to lack of coffee. :oops:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: captcaper On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:54 pm

How's the manual on this one? For my Super Mag it has a section on adjusting the feed bar. Also good detailed PDF illustration on parts and were they go.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: Arte On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:50 pm

thanks guys cold weather setting in might live with it for a while . anyone running radiant in concrete with vf 30000 . mine kills boiler and very slow to recover. thinking about setting priorities . seems to be fine if just radiant but add half hour showers and bedroom zone i was down to 90 dgrs water temp
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Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:07 pm

I had that exact problem with my first DVC-500. I cemented some pieces/slivers of firebrick in that area. Problem cured!
I posted a thread about it, with pictures. If I find the link to that thread, I'll post it here.


Edit: Here it is. Check out the video I made of cutting the filler pieces...
Harman DVC-500 Efficiency
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:13 pm

Running radiant? Yup, running cast radiators? Yup, running baseboard? Yup, running toe kick and fin tube under floor vents ? Yup......
You came to the right place. In order to not kill the temps in the undersized VF3000(for eastern Maine) I put in an injection system by Tekmar for the radiant zone. Worked like a charm. Mine circulates 24/7 and "injects" hot water up to a variable point determined by the outdoor temp sensor. It has a high limit control and a variable heat curve to adjust how hot for how low the temp is.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: Arte On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:36 pm

thanks kevin i'm assuming you had a mixing valve , did u hook up injection yourself ( $ $$$ ) ? are you in maine
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PostBy: KLook On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:29 pm

thanks kevin i'm assuming you had a mixing valve , did u hook up injection yourself ( $ $$$ ) ? are you in maine


I am now living in Tenn. My house is still mine in Maine and my son is running the VF3000. I got it working well enough that a guy that never even ran a wood fire in a stove is keeping the house warm with coal. He is pleased with the savings when I showed him the fuel cost calculator. My mixing valve is closely spaced T's. The cool return water meets the hot boiler water and mixes in a certain length of pipe.(5 or six times the diameter of the pipe used) to the next T which is the return to the boiler. I have a circulator pulling away from the T's and it runs 24/7. Another circulator is pushing the hot water into the first T. That circulator is controlled by the Tekmar system. The high temp sensor is after the constantly running circ and shuts of the supply circ when high temp is reached. This creates a pulse system and in my case made an improperly installed system work much better.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: VF3000 harman

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:32 pm

I should say I had a 3 speed Taco for the hot supply and ball valves on both sides to isolate it for removal. I never had the speed above low and I shut the ball valves down at least 50% and it work fine. I was trying to slow down the time it took to reach high limit and make longer pulses. I was not very successful at that and the system worked so well I left it alone. It has been debated and many in here do not recommend squeezing the flow thru a circulator.

kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

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