HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAIRMATIC/VAN WERT!!!
It has been one full year since I completed and fired this boiler. It has run with no serious issues for 365 days and has been very reliable.
This has been a fun project. Yesterday I shut down the GJ/EFM in the garage so now the BairMatic/Van Wert is heating the house, DHW and the garage. I'm still working out some bugs but I can now remove the GJ/EFM and still heat the garage.
I was watching the video of the Spring cleaning and noticed that 3 hours after the cleaning, the stack temp was 650 degrees on a long DHW call. Since I have installed the block-off plate on top of the rear baffle plate, the stack has stayed well below 450 degrees.
Two things that I thought would be a problem with this conversion were, burning rice coal in the Van Wert and less than 2 inches of clearance between the ash ring and the front/rear of the firebox. Neither are a problem. The Van Wert burns rice coal very well and there is no fines accumulation at all. The ash has no problem falling off the front or back of the pot.
Yesterday I picked up some chestnut coal for the Harman. As I was finishing loading it into the bin the BM/VW kicked on for a heat call. I figured, what the heck? I'll put a couple shovels of nut on top. It looked pretty cool so I took a video of it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbMNMi_rmEw
The whole BairMatic/Van Wert playlist:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIi1uGP ... ECEraIT4AT
Happy New Year Everyone!