The Happy Hopper

The Happy Hopper

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:42 pm

Awoke today to another "grey" elephant. That's what I call my coal bed when it's "almost" dead. Usually there's a hint of orange burning in the ash pile, that I can get to relite, W/O much trouble.
This morning, there wasn't anything glowing anywhere visible. None. Nada. And for the next couple days we're talking frigid temps. Not a good time for a dead stove.
So before I condemn the stove to the archives, I decided to do a little riddling. Wouldn't you know it? As I continue riddling, and ashes drop into the pan, and the stuff in the hopper drops down, I can see..."IT'S ALIVE!" Yes! There they were. All warm and comfortable, just waiting for a breath of fresh air, to turn them from a mediocre tepid clump of coal, to an inferno to melt the paint off my walls. So I blocked off my baro, (temporarily), kept my ash pan door open, and in less than 10 mins, the grey elephant turned into a screaming tiger.
I'm not sure how many of you hopper guys have stoves that seem to die out after extended burn times, but is this a common occurrence? It amazes me how quickly 30lbs of grey ash will re-ignite in such a short time. I would like to say this is a tribute to the hopper design, in that the lower coals in the hopper are "insulated" from the cool air, along with the benefit of the gravity feed system.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: The Happy Hopper

PostBy: oliver power On: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Yes, it's common on extended runs. It sure makes a person fill with joy, doesn't it. It still amazes me how a few hot coals will take off, and bring the coal bed to life. Starting from scratch takes so much longer.
oliver power
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II)
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Stove/Furnace Make: HITZER / KEYSTOKER
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93 & 30-95 , Kaa-2

Re: The Happy Hopper

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:34 pm

My old Buderus 3115 was the same animal. They didn't say anything about a baro, and the dealer said none was necessary, 28 years, and before this forum, kind of wonder if it would be any different of an animal with a baro. Gone but not forgotten :oops: Keystoker 90 in it's old home :D
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

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