Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:35 pm

There is no problem using a ballvalve on the outlet side of the pump to restrict the flow, it just acts like more pump head. It was just a suggestion in case you wanted to experiment...sounds like it is running great the way it is.
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: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:05 pm

It is running well. It's hard to beleive it's been going for about a month now. One thing I do need to work on is coal consuption. When it's cold, i'm putting 3 five gallon buckets a day in it. From an earlier post about the weight of a five gallon bucket of coal being about 40 pounds, that's 120 pounds a day! Last Monday I put 4 buckets in after filling it 24 hours before. I think I need to lay off heating the garage to 60 degrees and just let the radient heat from the boiler heat it. I have 1 50,000 BTU and 1 80,000 BTU heat exchangers in the garage and one 18"X20" heat exchanger in the ductwork, I think that one is good for 150,000BTU. When all the blowers come on it realy makes the boiler work hard. It does manage to keep up, but wow does it use a lot of coal.

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It looks great do'in it though!

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The next expirement will be turning off the garage zone via the thremostat.

-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: Carbon12 On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:09 pm

My Blaschak rice is closer to 30 pounds/5 gallon bucket,....if that makes you feel better :D
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

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Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:19 pm

I guess that means I should actually weigh the bucketfulls, I am using Blaschak too. That does make me feel better, Thanks.

-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: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:40 pm

StokerDon wrote:I guess that means I should actually weigh the bucketfulls, I am using Blaschak too. That does make me feel better, Thanks.

-Don

I weighed some buckets, all between 33 pounds and 36 pounds. I'll call it 35 just to make it easy. I fill them up to about 2" from the top, that way I don't spill any when I dump it in the hopper.

It's been warm down here this week. If I put 2.5 buckets in it's stuffed full!

-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: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:39 pm

I went up to Shamokin today and bought the rest of the Yellow Flame parts. The guy I bought my boiler from had some spare parts from other YF boilers he was selling seprately. Sorry Whistelnut, I know you were eye'in up those parts but I just had ta git'um!

What I got was;

A four grate stoker, complete accept for a couple linkage pieces.

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An ash door with frame. A side rail.

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A hopper that is probably scrap.

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And a mistery fire door. It says "DIETRICH" on it, anyone care to guess what it is from?

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I love driving up to that area. I'm always suprized when I round a bend and I suddenly realize that hill across the way is all COAL!!! I don't know how many mines are up there but the coal hills seem to be everywhere.

The 4 grate stoker is 3 inches wider than my 3 grate, so I don't think I can jam it into my boiler. Maybe I can find a Keystoker boiler to stuff it into.

Bottom line, I got more stoker parts to play with. I am so glad this has been a long winter!

-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: Hambden Bob On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:23 am

Holy Cats,Mister! You really have "The Bug" ! Good to hear from you. Your probably tossing and turning right now,dreaming of how your goin' to stuff that four grater into your next heat-maker! Good Job ! :up:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:04 pm

Yesterday I made a trip up to Port Carbon PA to visit my Aunt. On the way, I stopped at Mark's Supply in Shenandoah. I picked up some new grates, spare side rails, a new style coupler and a couple ash tubs. Joe's advise on grates is that you should replace them when they warp, don't wait until they brake. After comparing the new ones to the grates I used last season I noticed that, one grate was not very warpped at all, another was a bit warpped and the third one is deffinatly warpped.

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The new style coupler has a set screw that goes strait onto the shaft of the motor. This means the ears on the blower that engaged the old style coupler need to be removed or bent over and flattened to make room on the motor shaft.

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While I was at Mark's Supply some of the old heating contractors where there getting parts. While talking to one of them, he said at one point he had a Yellow Flame 4 grate boiler. He also said it was the biggest "Coal Hog" he ever saw, "went through 2.5 ton a month!". I was considering finding a boiler to put my 4 grate stoker into, but after hearing that, I guess I will just refurb my newer 3 grate stoker for the coming winter.

Back to my Aunt. I didn't know this before but walking around down at the corner of her yard I found a BIG chunk of COAL! My Aunt said one of the neighbors was a coal miner (decads ago) and he brought it home with him one day.

It's about 4 feet or so long, about 2 feet wide and maybe 3 feet high. Something like half a ton or so.

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That's a nice sized coal rock!

-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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