Just got this Van Wert fired up last week. It took me about 2 months to tear it ALL apart, recondition everything and remove Natural Gas boiler, then install the stoker. I got lucky because the stoker is in great shape and well taken care of. It has been running since 1988 . The best is that the covers were never put on and the owner still had them in the original box, never opened! I wire wheeled the boiler down on the inside and out then painted it with Chassis Saver Silver, a very highly durable paint used in the automotive industry. (like Por 15). The rings were still in great shape and I think they were replaced once. The Coal transfer housing was feeding from the left and I needed one from the right. I found a guy that had a whole Pot, transmission drive assy. for sale with the feed like I needed. I got it for only $125! Took it all apart, saved all the spare parts and revamped the ones I needed. . It runs great, but the only problem I have is with the speed of the drive worm gear. The chain is a #41, and tranny gear is 10 tooth. the top gear is 18 tooth,. That's the one that has the shear pin in the short worm. The ashes are very heavy and looks like a lot of coal is unburned. The air is set at 3 and adjusting it didn't help. I know 3 people that had to change that gear for that reason and claim 100% improvement. Believe it or not, that gear must be increased from 18 tooth to 30 tooth! I got one on EBAY for about $25. I also ordered the tranny gear and a new #41 chain. I'll change it out on Saturday and let you all know how it works out. Well, enough for now. Ill post some pics..