Van Wert VA600 rebuild

Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: alpineboard On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:29 pm

One of the hottest /humid days of the year and I decided to go shovel some coal at high noon. Only to find a Van Wert Va600 hiding in the corner, a little work and it was in my truck. I believe the manuf year is 1980. The rings still have sharp edges. Time to clean it up and make it go again, so far, I like what I see. I will try to take pics as I go.
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alpineboard
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

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Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:09 pm

Wow! It looks like a beauty! It doesn't look like it was hardly ran. Is that pea coal in the background?
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: alpineboard On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:36 pm

By the looks of it, I do not think it has had many seasons on it, I will find out more as I clean it up. I spoke to whistlenut about it, and he mentioned you. I will be looking for some kind of light door, as it has none. I may fab one.
The home from 1800's originally had nut coal, and I took that first, 500 pounds, then was converted to oil, then back to stoker buck, then as I talked with new owners, the buck coal goes with the boiler, and I offered to get it out as well, so the coal pile is a mix of nut and buck, I need to get three more loads of buck, in the next few days, I will have to re handle it, but that is life. I was originally all set up for nut, but this new find has changed everything, and definitely worth the time spent to revamp my life style method.
alpineboard
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:15 pm

Great find!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:02 pm

A.B. that is one nice look'in boiler! Shouldn't be a problem getting it back in service. Pot looks good, the big gears look good. If the boiler holds pressure, your in buisness!

Next time I go and get coal I'm gonna look around to see if I can find something like that!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Gentleman Janitor GJ-51/EFM S-20 conversion boiler, BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor small one piece GJ-51
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Rice and Buckwheat (when I can get it!)
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:12 pm

OK, I just went back and looked at all the pictures this time. That is a REALY nice look'in boiler! No sign of there ever being a leak around the DHW coil. I can't wait to see it run!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Gentleman Janitor GJ-51/EFM S-20 conversion boiler, BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor small one piece GJ-51
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Rice and Buckwheat (when I can get it!)
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: coal stoker On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:46 pm

Looks like it is in very good condition, knock the dust off and let her rip.
coal stoker
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: OWB / Oil fired Boiler

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: Doby On: Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:26 pm

I installed that exact model in a house I owned about 12 years back paid a 1000 bucks back then so what a find!!!!!. Looks good like Don said gears great,pot decent, even the worms appear not be worn at all. Can't see in the transmission but if thats good your going to be good to go. They sometimes have problems with the gasket around the coil leaking when left sit, no sign of that but I would keep a eye on it
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kast console and Alaska Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: oil but not much

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Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:41 am

StokerDon wrote:A.B. that is one nice look'in boiler! Shouldn't be a problem getting it back in service. Pot looks good, the big gears look good. If the boiler holds pressure, your in buisness!

Next time I go and get coal I'm gonna look around to see if I can find something like that!

-Don


SD

you already got ten heat throwing contraptions around there and there is no more yellow paint in town! Thou shall not covet thy neighbors heatin equipment :twisted: toothy
waldo lemieux
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: ruger1980 On: Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:41 am

Dang!!! I wish I could find a deal like that.
ruger1980
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: alpineboard On: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:53 pm

almost done with removal, 100% buck
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: StokerDon On: Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:07 pm

:twisted: toothy
SD

you already got ten heat throwing contraptions around there and there is no more yellow paint in town! Thou shall not covet thy neighbors heatin equipment :twisted: toothy


Yah, most of the ones I find are all rusy though. This one A.B. got don't even need a trip to the welder!

Nice look'in Buck coal to.

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Gentleman Janitor GJ-51/EFM S-20 conversion boiler, BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor small one piece GJ-51
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Stoker1? can't figure out these dern Alaska names!!! It's a big old black one.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Rice and Buckwheat (when I can get it!)
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: coldinmaine On: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:43 am

Hi....nice score!.....would you be willing to take a couple of photos of the inside of the boiler.....I cannot wrap my head around the design. Some folks here have described it, but I just cannot visualize the exhaust path!
coldinmaine
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: old- green furnace
Coal Size/Type: nut mostly
Other Heating: pellet, wood

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: alpineboard On: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:48 pm

That is a good subject CM, I did stick my head in there and found that there are 9 vertical boiler surfaces that the exhaust comes into contact with before it goes out the 8 inch flue, the initial exhaust contact wall of the boiler is a "Double wall" and by a double boiler wall , I mean I know that boilers have double walls, but what I am saying is the there are (TWO) double walls on that side of the boiler, with an inch or so between them, and this wall is the first to grab the exhaust while it is hottest, then to the rest of the 3 sides. It must be pulling every available btu out of the exhaust. I can not wait to fire it and see the stack temps, at different fire rates. But yes, pictures will show this better. and I will do the pics in order. R
alpineboard
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert 600
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm 202
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman HXL, Crane 88, Crane 404
Other Heating: Solar

Re: Van Wert VA600 rebuild

PostBy: whistlenut On: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:54 pm

AB: you have them all drooling now.....and I'm the closest, AND I KNOW where you live. The reason he has so many little hand feds is because there were no stokers available to him. I have told him for years that there are 'stoker burners' and those who may not realize that 'automatic' is a life rite. This stoker will make the daily feeding a no brainer. I'll go make a gasket for you......and soak the area with PB Blaster or equal. :idea:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

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