Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:51 pm

Those damn unions always leak. Drain, unscrew the collar and wrap the hell out of it with teflon tape and then tighten them tighter then you think they should be. :P
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:30 am

At 0800 this morning pressure is down from 15 PSI to 12 PSI. The bucket under the leak in the return is about 1/3 of the way full. I hope thats were my 3 PSI went! The leak in the union has stopped, one less thing to worry about. Time to get out ther and take some pipe apart.

-Don

WOW! 20 pages! I should have called this thread " Everything you ever wanted to know about the Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker, but were afraid to ask".
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:04 pm

FIRST FIRE!!!

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In the time it took to right this, the boiler came up to 170 degrees and the aquastat shut it off, like it should!

Now I need to figure out where the timer wires get hooked to.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

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Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Beeeaaautiful !! :dancing:

Way to go StokerDon....Fantastic job!

What draft are you seeing with that fired up?
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:31 pm

That fire looks pretty wild!

Once you get a load on it and let it stoke for at least 30 minutes, take note of how much ash is on the grate compared to the air holes. You want the fire to stop just before the last set of air holes on the grate.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:08 pm

I'll worry about the Manometer readings later.

YAH!!! That is WILD look'in!

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I had to slap together a temp coal bin. I gotta go out and get some more coal for it. This thing might just use a little more coal than the Alaska!

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-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:17 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! :cheers:
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:57 pm

I can feel the heat from here! :)
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:11 pm

Thanks guys,

I just went out and got coal.

There ya go, about 800 pounds worth!

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The blowers are blow'in, the boiler is maintaing 170-180, I have the one garage door open and it's 68 degrees in here!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:18 pm

StokerDon wrote:I'll worry about the Manometer readings later.


just make sure you're not pushin' in more air than you are sending out the chimney... you don't want it coming out somewhere it isn't supposed to! Got that CO monitor??
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:52 pm

I just hung my old CO detector from an extesion cord down about a foot off the floor, just in case. That is a real worry, it's just a 6"x14 foot chimney. That blower can put a lot of CFM into the firebox and those doors don't have any kind of seal on them, gravity holds the fire door closed, the ash door has a latch.

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I hope it will maintain a fire without the timer, I don't know when I will get around to hook'in that up.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:18 pm

I would again like to thank everyone who has helped out with information support. I'm very suprized that it is one month to the day that I loaded this boiler in the back of my truck, and now, with all of your help it is fired up and running!

1 month ago.

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Thank you all very much.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Yellow Flame "Competion Series" 3 grate boiler, Losch 475
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:24 pm

Give yourself some credit, it's real easy to sit behind a keyboard and spout out advice, you did all the hard work!

It looks great!!!
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:58 pm

Man that's got to be a forum record for buying, refurbing and firing of an old boiler. You are the man! Congrats! I notice you said there are no seals on the doors. I would assume there used to be and should be seals?
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:04 pm

Agreed...has to be a record!
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

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