rocketjeremy wrote:Hello all. This is my first post on the board...I bought my first new home this summer and it had what I believe to be an EFM520 stoker which I love!! I've been able to run it well all winter but of course now that the weather is warmer I have been having problems with outfires. I have read other wisdom on the board that lead me to change my settings this morning for a "summer" mode that I have my fingers crossed will help. My question to the board is 2-fold. I was curious there is anything I can add inline that will cut the stoker out after a preset amount of time or a low temperature so if I do get an outfire it doesn't continue to feed unburnt coal all day long. Along with that does anybody have a similar device that measures either by length of time or low temperature that could sound some kind of alarm or buzzer when an outfire is coming. I was going to just wire a receptacle to the main level of the house that is only energized when the stoker is running but I don't know what I could plug into it that would alert me when it's be running too long. I could always plug in a clock but then I'd have to be watching it!!
Outfires haven't been a HUGE problem so far but I'm also setting up for next winter where a full bin of coal will cause an outfire because the coal will not flow towards the auger. I'm sure the original owner must have missed some design ideas with the bin because during the middle of winter I had to go out once a week to shovel towards the auger or I was out! But that's for another post. Thank you in advance for the wisdom of the board!!
Hi Jeremy you need a wil-bert honeywell or dayton 30min timer so the stoker will keep the fire going you can set it for 3 to 4min ever 30min that will keep the fire going in the summer months or warmer weather as for you bin could you post some photo's so we can see your setup then we will beable to help you better as for now you can look on the EFM site and see the dog house design for the coal bin Post some Photo's of you bin http://www.efmheating.com/manuals/DF520%20Manual.pdf