From OWB to EFM520 Installed in Truck Box

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:07 pm

I have been adding 240# each day for the last 3 days & took out a very full tub of ash each day.
Really liking this Gale coal with the low ash
240# is our high for this season, so far.

I have the EFM still set at 7 teeth /7 air, it has handled the job just fine thru the 2* nites & the days with high temp of 16* & crazy wind + no sunshine.
No glitch even this past Saturday when the high temp of 16* was driven into us by 45+mph winds,even tho the shop heat exchangers were running very frequently .

:D :D
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: franpipeman On: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:18 am

I know this has been asked and answered before. I have tried for improvement before but to no avail my system runs great but I always have unburned black pieces thats ok? I remember when I grew up some neighbors used to grate their ashes to retrieve the black bits to be reborn thats a lot of work
franpipeman
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: efm 520 stoker fitzgibbons pressure vessel
Hand Fed Coal Stove: harman, russo
Coal Size/Type: rice
Other Heating: alpine propane condensing boiler radiant floor

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:01 am

I think if you were to look real closely at those black pieces,you would likely find that they are more "burnt" than a quick look tells.
Try breaking those black pieces apart & see if they still look like unburnt coal. I think there may be some bits of non-burnable rocks in the mix too.

So far I have not spent any time worrying about the unburnt stuff as long as I know that the fire looks good with a proper ash ring.
Whatever escapes the fire after that, can just be grit when we spread the ashes on the ice for traction. :)
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:10 pm

Like W.H. said, If you check those black pieces closely, you very well may see that they are partly burnt and not worth saving. They most likely won't burn anyway. The main thing to worry about is how much ash ring you have on a long constant run.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:56 pm

Today I added more coal to my boiler box bin. I got the same farmer,same truck,same tractor ,all of these same things were pictured last fall. I now have another 10.23 tons of Gale Mining rice coal in the bin @ $145/ton + trucking & tractor rental = final per ton @ $166.50
This should last thru this yr,but the bin should be low enough in mid December to get it refilled with 8-10 tons again.
After burning 10 tons of the Gale rice,i was confident in buying more from them.

Thanks to forum member fifthg who is the owner of Gale Mining Co., for providing a good quality,consistent coal at a very good price.
A very good experience thru the whole process again.

This is my very busy time of yr., & without my wife it is an excruciatingly busy time for me,not just taking care of my business but also doing house work b4 & after business hrs.,therefore I did not get pics.,you can look back a few pages to see the same pics.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:08 pm

Good to hear from you Windy Dave. Been wondering how you are gettin on. Nothing takes so much time as getting over loss....
Keep at it sir :)
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:05 pm

Well,after 8 pm I go to tend the boiler as I do every day,found the water temp down at 100*. Started looking around to see what happened & found the motor thermal protector was tripped. Pushed it in & just got humming,no rotation.Looks like it is time to install the brand new motor that Scottscoaled included with the boiler when I bought it from him.Yes, I did turn the shaft by hand to make sure that nothing was tight. Now I have to do some studying to figure out how to get the old motor off & the new one on...... & not break anything. It would happen during this hot spell,but I guess that is better than if it was 30* below zero outside.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:16 pm

I hope the repair goes easily for you. Be sure to let us know.
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:22 pm

Hi there WH,

Your motor may still have some life left in it, don't toss it too quick. :)

Capacitor or windings have failed. Check capacitor and windings (see below).

http://www.beckettcorp.com/support/tech ... sc-motors/
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:43 pm

I guess I won't throw the old motor away yet,but I will install the new one meantime to get the boiler operating again. I will likely clean the fly ash out while it is shut down,last I did that was in December. Stuff like this has not been in my priority zone this year at all.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:28 am

Though the particular circumstances are not good, it's good hearing from you on the forum again windyhill4.2.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:08 am

Good to see a post from you Dave, even if it does involve a faulty motor. Good to have a spare on hand!
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: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:48 am

Hi Dave it's great to hear from you again. Get the motor replaced and back up and running. I was cutting and stacking some wood we were given for the shoulder time. Last year I lit off on free wood on Sept 19.

I sat and figured it out yesterday that is only 9 weekends away!!! :shock:
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:54 am

Swapping the motor is pretty straightforward, just be careful with the fan. If the fan hub is seized on the motor shaft, a little heat and a light tap on the end of the motor shaft should loosen it up.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: From OWB to EFM520 installed in truck box

PostBy: kcarr On: Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:16 am

Great to hear from you Windy Hill Dave.
Hope the motor repair / replacement goes smooth.
Before too long...mid September, I will be firing up my
Van Wert 600 for another season.
Hope it will be a 1 match season !
Take Care
Ken
Quakertown, PA
kcarr
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA-600 Custom & Probably the only guy in America with my Stoker Boiler in my Den.
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Oil as back up, mostly used for summer domestic hot water