Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Paulie On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:54 am

5 above 0 this morning, yet the angle of the sun says spring! Coffee is good, bacon smells amazing! Couple errands then office for the rest of the day, yuc! Easier when it's cold out, don't feel I'm missing
as much. ;)
Paulie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: ntp71 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:08 am

Good morning ALL,

My Old Mill is shut down with a storm on the way. My bin was nearly empty and my Old Mill was kicking a lot of unburnt coal into the ash pan. After many weeks of adjusting I decided to shut her down and give it a good going over.

The problem I have seem is that the coal is bunching up more on the burn plate instead of evening out over the length of the grate. Last year I did not have this problem. After I took it apart it noticed that when my paddle moves from side to side it doesn't stay flat, it lifts up a little on an angle...like lifts up and tilts back. I think this may be causing my problem. I have ruled out the gasket underneath because I replaced it with a new one. I have ruled out the holes in the grate not being cleaned because I drilled them out to remove buildup. The last thing I was thinking of doing was to replace the combustion blower, however the model I have is a Dayton 54 CFM and doesn't seem to be weak at all when blowing. It just seems that the coal being bunched up into more of a ball is leaving a lot of coal unburned. So a higher CFM blower may help burn the coal better, it would not really fix the bunching up of the coal.

Thoughts?

Neal
ntp71
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Old Mill Mini Stoker
Baseburners & Antiques: Caloric UltraMatic Coal-Gas Range

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:04 pm

Maybe polish the stoker ramp? Not sure I totally understand what you are describing - probably best to start your own thread on that so it doesn't get buried here in Coffee.




Vacuumed out my boiler tubes from below last night. Just a quickie clean job to help things out. Seemed to use less coal in a 12 hour timeframe. I threw a piece of curved galvy over the fire to protect my plastic vacuum hose. Worked great! Just don't breathe that zinc ....


Busy week here - snowblowers, lawn tractors, walk behind leaf blowers, cars, trucks, trains, jets, you name it - it's been through the barn. They get pushed in one side dead, and come out the other side running. Amazing how that works. :D

I delivered a trailer load of equipment to my buddy yesterday that I had repaired. Stuff was all WHITE by the time I got there. Friggin salt - hope he knows to wash that crap off ASAP!! I used his crappy tie downs too - talk about getting EXTREMELY angry! I cursed those things for the first 3 miles until on the 3rd stop-and-check, I finally just threw 2 of my ratchet straps over the load. Damn slip-lock straps are USELESS!! :x

In my journey, I happened to notice Worcester is flying the rainbow flag. Stars and Stripes nowhere to be found ..... :sick:

Finished the morning by heading many miles south to my other buddy's place. His Volvo 940 has been dead in the water for the past 3 weeks. I've been commuting down there every weekend to try and get the thing running again. The bolt for the harmonic balancer backed out and trashed the timing belt drive gear - broke the locating tab off, and must've jumped time somehow. The first weekend was spent resetting the cam timing. Thought I had it as close as I possibly could without a mark to line everything up - I was just using my best guess. It's keyed to the crank - the locating tab is only to locate the harmonic balancer, so that you can accurately set / check ignition timing. Well, wouldn't even pop when we tried starting it. Wouldn't fire on brake cleaner either. I think I went over this last coffee. After trying a second weekend to get it running, the decision was made to break down and just spend some money on a new harmonic balancer/pulley and drive gear.

After installing those 2 parts, and lining all the marks up again, I threw on the lower cover and installed the balancer. Told my buddy to try to start it before we buttoned it all back up again. I'll be damned the thing fired right up and ran mint!! Wasn't expecting that, because the timing looked spot on before I disassembled everything again, and the ignition seemed to be occuring at close to the correct time. Apparently it was off due to the missing tab. Guess it doesn't take much on that Volvo. He's back on the road and running for less than $92 in parts. Only issue doing the job was the 14° outdoor temps, which was stretching my patience, and also made the top timing cover extremely brittle - it busted right down the center. :mad: Had to epoxy it back together again to keep all this damn salt out of there ...

Thank GOD that B230 engine is a NON interference design!! Why all cars aren't engineered that way I'll never understand. Maybe they would be if we had some HONEST businessmen in the auto industry .... but I digress .... He's got 152k miles on that thing, and now many more to come! 8-)
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler


Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:38 pm

Mornin everyone. Or should I say afternoon.
Warmed up here overnight, awoke to 18 degrees this morning. Then it was off to get another load of coal. The 98 Dakota gets a little squirrely at 2400lbs in the bed, but it's all shoveled into the basement now.
Got all the ashes to the woods, and awaiting the storm. Currently 40 degrees here, so furnace is just idling along.

Blizzak tires seem to work well on the wife's Chevrolet Sonic in snow and on ice.

Chris, my jeans looked like yours on more than one occasion. Those saws want to cut, and they really don't care what it is.

Be safe and have a good day everyone.
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous. Labeled as 'Big Vein', about the size of acorns. Makes a lot of ash, but heats well and lasts longer than my previous coal.

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:00 pm

freetown fred wrote:Glad ya got off lucky on that one Chris--friggin saws don't care how long ya been workin em. Been there, done that ;)


DAM lucky. A neighbor of mine had a real close call last winter...after 30 years of running a saw. Now he wears a set of leather chaps and a facemask, said he should have been wearing them for the full 30 years...actually did a presentation at work about his accident and asked everyone to quit taking their safety for granted.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:09 pm

Pictures of the new ride. First new car for us. We had to give up some cargo space (traded in a 2010 Chevy Tahoe), but so far we haven't really noticed. One thing we HAVE noticed is that for the first time in two years my wife's back doesn't hurt. For some reason that Tahoe seat just plain killed her back. I filled it with gas today and noticed that it cost 1/2 as much...that is a nice perk also. Nice seats, rides good, awesome brakes.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:06 pm

Nice ride Rob! Yeah, the seats were the first thing I noticed different, and comfortable, about our Outbacks. :up:
Is that rear quarter panel all plastic now? What a change in design.
BTW.... I did switch out the Discs & pads, front and back, with aftermarket drilled/vented discs and matching pads. They require half the pedal-push as the OEM discs/pads. :idea: :idea:

Chaps! I got them! and they were sitting in my barn, alongside my helmet, safety glasses and ear protectors. Yep, I think I'll put them on every time I start up a saw from now on. I had gotten complacent, not wearing my safety gear around my own property. Stupid, stupid, stupid. :mad:
Rob R. wrote:Pictures of the new ride.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:27 pm

Chris, what year is your Outback? I can't imagine needing brakes any better than what this thing has. I think they improved them a lot in the 2010 redesign.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:42 pm

Ours are 2003 & 2004. Other than color, they are Identical cars.
I also put a hidden-Hitch receiver on each. That engine has a lot of torque, and can pull a trailer nicely. I hauled my 1200lb Kubota 200 miles, no problem. At 70mph, we didn't even know it was behind us.

Rob R. wrote:Chris, what year is your Outback? I can't imagine needing brakes any better than what this thing has. I think they improved them a lot in the 2010 redesign.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:31 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry to be late - I just got back from a trip to Newport News, VA where I had the opportunity to learn all there is to know about the inner workings of a queen bee and her impact on the health of the colony. My head is about to explode! But that could just be from the traffic on I95N. :roll:

We are in the calm before the storm here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are forecast to receive 4-6 inches of snow overnight on Sunday and more throughout the day on Monday. Oh boy! I can hardly wait - not!

The stores are out of the basics, milk, TP and snacks of all kinds. Thankfully, DK went early this morning and got what little we needed. We didn’t actually need anything but it was our normal shopping day so he went anyway. I traded him a pot of chilli for his doing that. I think I got off easy because I was going to make chilli anyway. ;)

I hope everyone is warm and ready to sit out this latest winter weather, Take care, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:36 pm

009to090 wrote: I had one mishap while felling a tree that had to move... I aerated my jeans a bit. Just finished up the felling cut. While walking backwards from falling tree, Chainsaw got pushed down by brush that was around me. Chain was still spinning a bit, and in less than a second from cutting wood, it was shredding a good pair of jeans. :mad: Right across the kneecap. Skin was cut, but kneecap itself is ok. First mishap I have ever had in 40-something years of running chainsaws. :oops: It took 2 days to pull all the bluejean threads out of my knee. But my skin heals quick. Always has. A little duct tape to hold it closed, and back to cutting.


You are the second person I know this had this type of close encounter with a chain saw this year. My nephew cut his thigh with a chain saw , missing the bone and most of the muscle, while clearing some woods. His injury took 28 stiches to close up. He was lucky, too.
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:49 pm

Nice car,Rob, is the front ugly ? or did you forget that angle ? i like the wood grain strip,breaks up the interior colors some.So i am not the only one to have back discomfort with GM seats.
windyhill4.2
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Other Heating: Oaktree OWB 600K

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:18 am

Congrats Rob, Good luck with the new car.
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:56 am

Hey Rob, Nice Ride, Congrats! I was between a subabru and the vw on the last decision and the mileage of the vw won out.

How did you talk the spouse into parking it in the living room? Surely your garage is not that neat and cleared out to allow for a car to be parked in there?!?!?! Please tell me I'm not the only one here that can't get a car into the garage because of all the 'valuable' stuff out there? I just shake my head when I am told how this $5 chest of drawers from a yard sale and those boxes of old kids books and those two old baby play stations, etc, etc,etc are more important to keep in the garage than the $25k car. She has genetically acquired her fathers hoarders disease.
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: Coffee 3-1-14, in like a lion

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:09 am

Ha, the front isn't ugly I just didn't try it from that angle.

Notice the stairwell in the back right corner of the garage? Old hay lof...plenty of storage totes upstairs. There is also an addition on the left side that has the BBQ grill, coal, etc.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy