The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:52 pm

You guys are starting to get to know me a little to well! :oops:
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:44 pm

The only remedy I can think of that would help you to keep the same unit going in your house more than 1 yr. would be for you to help other folks install theirs,just like you helped coalkirk with his. (smile)
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:15 pm

Meter reading today was, 3139.8 - 3120.1 = 19.7 hours, 2.8 hours per day over the past 7 days. 28.0 pound per day. Feed rate is still set at 10 pounds per hour. That is really good! Mostly mild days. The first half of the coming week is forecast to be 70's and 80's,Yuk!

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Coal bin raking is still a once a week affair. When it gets down to a few days, it will be time for the barrel.
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-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: David... On: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:47 pm

Are you getting domestic hot water from this? 28 lbs/day must be close to the minimum amount of use.

David
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:22 pm

David... wrote:Are you getting domestic hot water from this? 28 lbs/day must be close to the minimum amount of use.

David

Yes! last Summer it ran between 18 and 22 pounds per day to heat DHW.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: David... On: Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:54 am

I would think with insulation you could get by with less coal?

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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: Olllotj On: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:35 am

Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown ... /202401264
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:18 pm

David... wrote:I would think with insulation you could get by with less coal?

David

The current plan is to install my VA-600 down here with some good insulation under the covers.

Olllotj wrote:Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown ... /202401264

I will have to see if I can find one of those. It looks like it would work great for rice coal raking. I currently use a stone rake. I had a heck of a time finding one down here. It works well but some coal escapes through the top teeth.

-Don
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:11 pm

Meter reading today was, 3154.8 - 3139.8 = 15.0 hours, 2.1 hours per day over the past 7 days. 21.4 pound per day. Wow, that's Summer time coal usage! Highs have been in the 60's and 70's all week, today it was 86, Yuk!

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Raked the coal pile.
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-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:24 pm

Olllotj wrote:Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown ... /202401264
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They do work great! I have one that a New Jersey mason laborer gave me. He calls it a "come along". I use it for coal deliveries. It makes raking effortless.
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:51 pm

Scottscoaled wrote:They do work great! I have one that a New Jersey mason laborer gave me. He calls it a "come along". I use it for coal deliveries. It makes raking effortless.

I will have to find me one of those. I bet it makes less coals dust than my stone rake. Probably quicker than the stone rake to.

Meter reading today was, 3170.7 - 3154.8 = 15.9 hours, 2.27 hours per day over the past 7 days. 22.7 pound per day. That's pretty dern low!
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Did the raking. Looks like we will be able to rack for a few more weeks before we go back to the barrel.
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Coal usage will probably be low this coming weeks to. The second half of the week is forecast to be in the 80's.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
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Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:44 pm

Meter reading today was, 3183.8 - 3170.7 = 13.1 hours, 1.87 hours per day over the past 7 days. 18.7 pound per day. Summer is here, there won't be many heat calls now, only DHW calls.

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Raked the bin.
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We're doing the ashes once a week now.
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Here's my stone rake. I will be on the look out for one of those things like Scott has. For now, I may just attach something to this.
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-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: Olllotj On: Tue May 02, 2017 7:44 pm

Don,
You won't regret the concrete placer.

40* and windy here. The keystoker is still chugging away in the basement.
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Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed May 03, 2017 7:22 pm

Olllotj wrote:40* and windy here. The keystoker is still chugging away in the basement.

For down here, this will be the first week in a long time that there is not one 70 or 80 degree day in the forecast.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood

Re: The BairMatic - Van Wert Project

PostBy: Olllotj On: Thu May 04, 2017 9:17 pm

Just when I start bragging about it chugging along, I let it run out of coal, and had to relight for the first time since September ! :lol:
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