New to the board here and really glad I found it. I have been reading for a while now and decided to finnaly join.
We operate a coal yard in Bedford County PA (halfway between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg) and we sell hard and soft coal for domestic use. It is a family run operation and we Have been in the coal buisness for over 60 years. We have five tri-axle dump trucks we haul coal with in the winter and then switch to stone each summer for a local quarry. Last year we ran approximatly 5700 ton of coal through our yard, both hard and soft. We bring in about 105 load of hard coal each year. We buy nearly all of our hard coal from Pine Creek Coal Co. in Spring Glen PA.
Anyhow, we built a new shop this passing winter, and we put radiant heat in the floor. It is 52 deep by 32 wide by 22 high. Steel frame, and insulated. We purchased a used EFM stoker to heat this new building with. It was installed in an old building nearby, and the hot water is pumped under the ground to the new building.
It is an EFM model 1300, and has an S-45 Burner unit. Sure is a monster of a furnace, and is almost too big..... however we are going to insulate our old building and run hot water for it also, so we will be heating two large buildings with it. We are extremely pleased with it, and it works wonderfully. Barely burns 80 pound of coal a day to heat that massive building.
Now to my questions. What year would this furnace have been made? It has the round fire door on the boiler. I know it is rather old, but its in excellent shape. How many of these were built? Everyone we talk to says the one we have is the only one they have ever seen.... so we thought there may not have been many of them built. I wish I had pictures to post but I will when I get time.
Again we couldnt be happier with it.
Thanks to the Admin. for creating this board
W.L. Hall Lime and Coal Inc.