Its cold outside

Its cold outside

PostBy: BigFoot On: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:54 pm

last night was the first time this year I had to add coal to keep from running out in my feed box (my ben will hold 10ton ) ,I have a box that holds about 65 or 70pounds of pea coal and my worm was uncovered this morning ,all winter I filled her up about 6;30am and she was good til the next day ,but today I went down and no coal in the box ,AA130 and 19,000 sqf ,not the best coal has lots of wood in it must be from a railroad bed ,(from Casey Kassa in PA )think their trying to make my coal boiler a wood stove !
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
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Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:56 pm

At least one other member is having problems with Casey coal. Tons of ash
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Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: vermontday On: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:10 pm

Once in a great while we will see a sliver of wood in our coal. So when people ask me what we burn I tell them wood and coal.

Stoker ran 15-1/2 hours in 24 hour period earlier in week. New record. Still running on 5 teeth out of 10 on a 4,200 sq. ft. house.
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Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: BigFoot On: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:25 pm

I got 4 ton of pea in Oct and I would bet you could fill a 5 gal bucket 2 times with the wood! and there is a lot of ash ,more then last year
think Ill shop around this spring ! for a new coal guy ! I don't think the fire gets as hot either ! :x
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: AA130

Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: LouSee On: Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:49 am

BigFoot wrote:last night was the first time this year I had to add coal to keep from running out in my feed box (my ben will hold 10ton ) ,I have a box that holds about 65 or 70pounds of pea coal and my worm was uncovered this morning ,all winter I filled her up about 6;30am and she was good til the next day ,but today I went down and no coal in the box ,AA130 and 19,000 sqf ,not the best coal has lots of wood in it must be from a railroad bed ,(from Casey Kassa in PA )think their trying to make my coal boiler a wood stove !


My father-in-law bought his last load of Casey-Kassa coal in the summer. Using rice. We snapped the pot auger on a pile of twisted branches a month ago. And before someone asks, no cotter pins in place of the shear pins. Actual EFM shear pins, strongest ones known to man... :-O

I agree about the quality. The last couple years have been bad but the F-i-L is slow to change.

Tomorrow, he's going to Hudson to "inspect" the breaker operations and grab a ton or two to try out.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: '57 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: now Buck.

Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: BigFoot On: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:46 am

Post and tell how you make out! :o ,and will they drop off in Carbondale (Greenfield ,TWP )
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman Anderson
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Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: LouSee On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:06 am

The auger is now pulling buck and it's going great. going to dial in the ashring tomorrow.

He kinda freaked me out. We decided to get a few ton of rice and then try a ton of buck come spring. Really didn't feel like shoveling 3-6 tons of buck out of the bin in winter, etc... So, I come home the other day and pop open the bin door and gee, that coal looks big. Oh man, I hope it feeds and burns OK... :-O

Hudson's operation is nice. Clean and organized. He went back and grabbed a couple tons of chestnut for the hand-fed in the garage.

It was 210/ton delivered for 5 or 6. credit same as cash. i'm in moscow so carbondale is only a few miles further overall, shouldn't be a problem. friendly on the phone, too.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: '57 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: now Buck.

Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:03 am

LouSee, there are a few things that might need tweaking if you are going to burn buck in a 520...check your PM's.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Its cold outside

PostBy: LouSee On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:37 pm

Rob R. wrote:LouSee, there are a few things that might need tweaking if you are going to burn buck in a 520...check your PM's.


Thanks for the PM.

I have the full-length bin pipe - 5-6 feet. I can't remember how long exactly and it was just a month or so ago when I replaced it! Part-zhiemers kicking in already... :cry:

I've had the auger "run dry" and gas start blowing out before. My wife has a super-keen sense of smell and catches it a few minutes before me. The bin holds 7+ tons so it's usually not a problem but when you're down to a couple weeks remaining, it becomes a couple times a day raking exercise in the winter, waiting for the truck to show up... :-)

Flights are correct, pipes are nice and tight and 4 or 5 teeth is all I've ever run. Thinking of adding the garage to the system since the stoker's running at "low speed"... :lol:


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Buck burns fine as long as you have a few feet of auger past the coupler, too short and it will blow fumes back into the bin. It is also very important that you only have 2-3 flights of auger into the coal, more than that will pull more than fits in the pipe and cause grinding. auger pipes must fit tightly together inside the coupler.

4teeth/4air and 5teeth/4.5 air also works well for buck, maybe a touch less on the air depending on the coal.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: '57 EFM DF520
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