Switching from corn to coal stoker

Switching from corn to coal stoker

PostBy: cornidiot On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:00 pm

About 4 years ago I purchased a kit to burn corn for heat. It included a hopper, an auger feed, a combustion blower and a bottom feed burn pot. I installed this unit in a HS Tarm OT50 wood/coal combo oil boiler. Everything was fine until an ethanol plant went up in my backyard sucking up all the corn everyone can grow. Today the price is 5.25 compared to 2.25 when I initially installed.

My question is can I use this same unit, which was designed after a bottom feed coal stoker, to burn rice coal in?

Any safety concerns, such as burn back through the auger system?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
cornidiot
 
Stove/Furnace Make: HS Tarn OT50

Re: Switching from corn to coal stoker

PostBy: Sting On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:11 pm

That same system burns wood pellets - and it does a great job of that

Sorry don't know enough yet about coal!
Sting
 
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Re: Switching from corn to coal stoker

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:30 am

Very doubtful, the coal stokers are generally much more robust and I believe there is some significant design differences. I've seen it mentioned on the other hand you can do it the other way around. I believe Stoker-Man who is the efm representative here mentioned that some farmers were burning a 50/50 mixture in their stokers.

Pictures? Manufacturer and model of stoker?
Richard S.
 
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Re: Switching from corn to coal stoker

PostBy: Sting On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:50 am

opps -- got that one backwards

Well theirs my sign! :D
Sting
 
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