StokerDon wrote:Thanks for that info Matt. I'm running a Van Wert stoker and buckwheat is not available down here. I found that it burns rice with no problems but I knew it was designed for buck. I didn't know it would ware the augers out quicker. I guess that goes for the pipes to.
I've been running it for a year strait. I guess at some point I will need to pull the augers and pipes to have a look at them.
Yes the tube and auger is large therefore it carrys a lot of rice into the tube at a time and grinds it much more, If your auger gets sharp you will want to grind the sharp edge off, you can reach inside the pot and run your finger over the edge of the auger when you have down for cleaning as the pot auger generally wears the fastest. you can only grind it down so many times before replacing but it still helps you get the most for your dollar. If it gets worn too much a skilled welder can weld onto the old auger fins and grind down to recreate this is less expensive than buying new...