Well, the past month or so, my smaller combustion blower has been acting up, rattling, slowing down, etc...
I have taken it off, cleaned, lubed and put back on...about 2 or 3 times. Okay, tonight I get home, the smaller burner in my Hyfire is out, open the door, black coal completely off the grate and into the ash pan....CRAP, must have seized up the motor.
Took it apart, cleaned it, put it back on, fired it up, not real hot, barely glowing. Let it run, while I work on a different one...
Okay, I had bought a similar one at a local surplus shop, no flange, no specs, a little bigger squirrel cage, So, I custom cut a flange out aluminum, drill some holes by measuring the flange on the stove...pretty close, bend it up, hammer the opening to fit....oops, the blower is rectangle, the stove is square...already drilled the holes, the blower now mounts sideways, but fits right up!!
1.5 hours laters messing around with the blower.
I shovel some coal from the other side, bury it good, flip the switch, wait.....something starts glowing....more....more!!!
Holy Crap it's getting HOT, HOT...this thing is like a blast furnace!! Getting hotter, 400 degrees....500 degrees....600 degrees.....exhaust almost 300 degrees... Never had it that high! You could smell hot metal....I was ready to unplug the stove, but it started to settle down slowly. okay, turn on the fans to 100% to kick the heat upstairs and wash the stove, put a box fan on to move the heat around the basement.....finally after about an hour...back down to 400 degrees and stabilizing.... phew
I think the blower has a bit more CFM and is burning a bit hotter and better! Will check it and see how the ash looks later.
Seems to be burning fine.