rfry wrote:First I would like to thank everyone for their help on my last post I am hoping to get everything finished up tomorrow and try to get a fire going I have an old eshland coal gun 130 I haven't got everything yet to upgrade it yet so I was going to give the timer a try does anyone know what a good starting point is for the timer and the best way to start a fire if you don't have any ashes from previous year Thanks
For those who are wondering, Eshland was the original company that made what is now the AHS Coal Gun. I think they got their start somewhere around 1976.
I assume you are talking about the ashing timer that was employed before the thermal ash grate temperature monitoring system came about to control ashing. Of all of us with Coal Gun's here on the forum, I'm only aware of moderator 'Yanche' having this same setup. It will prove valuable to you to PM him.
I can only offer you start up instructions for an AHS with thermal ash grate monitoring, which may not be the proper way for your timer based ashing set-up, so the best and safest thing for you to do is to call AHS (or contact Yanche) for guidance here. That said, I've done it both ways (ash bed and no ash bed) and my procedure is identical for both. I fill the hopper, and then I jam about 10 to 12 chunks of charcoal into the coal through the flapper covered entrance port and then start the fan and then light the charcoal with a Burns-O-Matic type torch. Leave the ashing switch turned off during start-up. Give it a good load during start up so it takes a good while (1-1/2 to 2 hours, give or take) to reach the internal temperature that cuts off the fan. Since I have a DHW coil I accomplish this load by running hot water wide open in the kitchen sink. Turn the ashing switch on about 3-4 hours after fan cut-off (after the boiler water reaches your set-point temperature). Do not forget to turn on the ashing switch at some juncture (best guided for your timer based system by an AHS Technician).