Considering a Coal Gun

Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: lzaharis On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:59 pm

wkrazi wrote:First year with Coal; Learning curve not too bad so far; questions on ash - i will ask on another board



Are you happy with your AHS unit? I am looking to change to a stoker after 32 years of buring wood and coal.

-Not getting any younger and log loads are extremely hard to come by with good clean logs
Last edited by Rob R. on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Moved from Coal Bin thread.
lzaharis
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Switzer
Stove/Furnace Model: CWW100 100,000 btu

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:19 pm

I've been very happy with mine. Into my third heating season with it, and I also burn it year round to provide for the homes hot water (DHW) needs. It is a very low maintenance coal boiler.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: mdhorvath On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:07 pm

First year with my coal gun and I am very happy so far.
mdhorvath
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S500 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Pea Anthracite

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: rwwsr On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:10 pm

Ditto what lsayre and mdhorvath said.

I have 3 s260 for heating greenhouses and have had few problems with them. Looks like maybe 30t per unit this year and so far no down time to fix anything (1 match each) :)

Not getting any younger here either. Currently heating house with wood (jotul 600) Have wood lot and I enjoy cutting/processing wood :shock: , hopefully will continue heating house with wood until no longer able. I plan to then change over to coal with an s130 for heating the house, as I think it would be easier than handling wood.
Randy
rwwsr
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: ahs s260 3
Coal Size/Type: pea

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: Pa papa On: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:06 pm

Same here. Forth year heating with a coal gun. My ONLY regret is not doing it 20 years ago.
Pa papa
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS-130
Coal Size/Type: Pea; anthracite
Other Heating: oil fired boiler; LP insert

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: dchartt On: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:18 pm

I would highly consider auger fed
dchartt
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glacier Bay

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: lzaharis On: Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:02 pm

dchartt wrote:I would highly consider auger fed




I would but there is little room to do it unless I spend the money and build a hopper at the end of the house behind the room where the boiler is or a one car garage to house the all utilities which would make life simpler but more expensive and I will still be using my propane hot water heater except I will not be feeding a domestic unless I change my mind about that and add a tempering loop(I may still do that though)

I have been running my single heating loop at a high cut out at 160 and low cut out 140 degrees.


I pail all the coal I burn now so filling a hopper with a step stool is not a big deal.
I would have special order a round hopper or order a shorter standard hopper.
lzaharis
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Switzer
Stove/Furnace Model: CWW100 100,000 btu

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: wkrazi On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:04 am

i am very happy with my 260. i have burned more coal than planned. 10 ton so far heating a kennel and home. the winter is the worst here in a number of years. so i am glad i am out of the wood business because i would be in the woods cutting more at the present time. instead i am in a very warm home and smiling. i have slowly made adjustments which have led to better coal use and water temps maintained. next year i should have a much better handle on adjustments which will lead to way better coal use. i highly recommend AHS systems.
wkrazi
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: S260 AHS
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Blashack
Other Heating: oil back up

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: plumberman On: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:17 am

couldn't be any happier w/130 heating 1300' pole barn, 1400' newer ranch house and domestic hot water, so far this month it's between 120and 160 pounds a day. the barn never gets any sun an the house gets very little, out side temps 15 below at worst and not shure if it got above freezing :D
plumberman
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: coal gun 130
Coal Size/Type: pea
Other Heating: solar dhw/samsung mini split/oil

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: RONO123 On: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:07 pm

We have bought 10 coal guns s130 and s260 oldest is 7 yrs old. From Jeff and bwise. All set up with auger feed.
We manufacture the ash augers, which dump into a bin. Bins are skid steer or fork mount and have a dump gate like a dumptruck. So whole system is automatic. Light it once, forget it.
Ash bin vary to the unit and location. 3x3x5 bin handles the ash of 4 tons of coal. The auger grinds it fine. We use ultraflite hd flite in 6" tube so it does not wear out at all. We build some with auger motors on discharge, some on intake end. some wired into grate motor and some with time delay. No dust no headache
RONO123
 
Stove/Furnace Make: KEYSTOKER/KOKER 160
Stove/Furnace Model: AHS 260 & 130/ LL PIONEER

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: plumberman On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:08 am

question on ash augers. do you have ball park price? i have a ahs 130 and it would be some sweet to have ash dump in to a 55gal drum :D thanks!!!
plumberman
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: coal gun 130
Coal Size/Type: pea
Other Heating: solar dhw/samsung mini split/oil

Re: Considering a Coal Gun

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:39 am

RONO123 wrote:We have bought 10 coal guns s130 and s260 oldest is 7 yrs old. From Jeff and bwise. All set up with auger feed.
We manufacture the ash augers, which dump into a bin. Bins are skid steer or fork mount and have a dump gate like a dumptruck. So whole system is automatic. Light it once, forget it.
Ash bin vary to the unit and location. 3x3x5 bin handles the ash of 4 tons of coal. The auger grinds it fine. We use ultraflite hd flite in 6" tube so it does not wear out at all. We build some with auger motors on discharge, some on intake end. some wired into grate motor and some with time delay. No dust no headache
love to see pictures.
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite