Well, you all are so high tech and knowledgeable about this stuff that I hate to start asking questions for fear of revealing how truly ignorant I am... but I will never learn if I don't ask. If there is a different thread I should be on, feel free to let me know.
I have a Honeywell control box that has a timer on it. It resets every time the motor kicks on. If the motor doesn't kick on after a certain period of time (I have it set at 10 minutes), it automatically turns the motor on for two minutes to keep the coal bed burning. Is this an uncommon thing? (Especailly, will the new efm have such a thing?)
Glad to hear it'll be bin fed as I have a 2 1/2 ton bin. With the new efm, can the auger side be adjusted (feed in from the right or the left)? Also, is there a way to manually adjust the water temperature? Forgive me, I have no thermastat in the house. When it feels too cold, I go outside with a screwdriver and turn the temp up. I have two zones, one where everything is pretty normal and the other where it's a 30'x50' space with 22 foot ceilings. If it gets too warm in the first zone, I have a valve inside to slow the water flow. Primitive, I know, but it works.
My old Prill is 200,000 BTU. I have no way of knowing how to test the efficiency of the unti but am certain it's not doing so well. I also don't know of what can be done to increase its efficiency. The local heating folks say there are only two Prills in the county they will even consider working on, mine being one. However, two years ago, they started asking me if I could get by with just borrowing some of their tools
Hence my jubilation over the new efm!