Coal for an EFM

Coal for an EFM

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:26 am

So what coal burns best in the 520? I've heard low ash makes big lumps, red ash burns too hot and plugs the grate. I'm about to go mobile and get a load. Just don't want to end up ruining a good thing. :? Would appreciate your replies. Scott
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 350, 700. Van Wert 400 x 2, 800, 1200.
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: coal berner On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:53 am

stokerscot wrote:So what coal burns best in the 520? I've heard low ash makes big lumps, red ash burns too hot and plugs the grate. I'm about to go mobile and get a load. Just don't want to end up ruining a good thing. :? Would appreciate your replies. Scott
If you Get the right good coal you don't have to worry it is a EFM it will burn anything low ash High ash red ash white ash the stoker won't care What size Rice or Buck are you looking for You can Burn no more then 10% over the size of rice & no more then 15% under the size Look in the Manual


http://www.efmheating.com/manuals/DF520%20Manual.pdf
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:07 am

Farmers burn 50/50 rice coal and corn in the stoker without any problems. I know that some people burn buckwheat coal, and this should work in the winter, but it's harder on the worms and the drive mechanisms, which is why efm doesn't recommend it.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:58 am

Most of my customers used rice with EFM's.

As far as what type I don't think that should be an issue as long as you're not trying to burn rocks.

I've heard low ash makes big lumps, red ash burns too hot and plugs the grate


It's not the low ash that makes clinkers just some low ash/ red ash makes big clinkers, can't help you there as I'm not familiar with the different sources however if you get a low ash/white ash this won't be an issue. Coal berner would probably have a suggestion on where to get "clinkerless" red ash as that is hi neck of the woods if that's where you are getting it.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: ted On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:09 pm

hey scott how was that bagged rice burning & did they have any more?
I need to make another run this week
ted
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm new /foxfire HAND FEED old
Stove/Furnace Model: 520 BOILER

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: e.alleg On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:48 pm

I would burn the cheapest rice coal you can find. I tried the expensive bagged Blaschak and it doesn't burn any better than the no-name stuff.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Coal for an EFM

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:34 am

Found this "farmer guy" who sells it bagged for $10 a ton more than loose. In Grain bags.Much cheaper than anyone else. :) Easier to handle, and recycles the bags. He has the Blashack Bags for $20 more /ton than grain bags. Guess he knows some other "farmer guys" down in Pa. :D Stay warm, getting snow for a couple days. Scott
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 350, 700. Van Wert 400 x 2, 800, 1200.
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck