Cleaning an efm's ash

Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:07 pm

In talking with a couple coalburners the subject came up about the layer of ash on the inside of the boiler. This layer is non-conductive? What is the proper way to clean this ash off? I've seen the posts about the specialized brushes. Can you use compressed air or does this cause more problems than its worth? :) Scott
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: mike On: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:05 pm

Compressed air would blow the dust......everywhere......trust me. The boiler brushes are probably the best way to go.
mike
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Gentleman Janitor GJ5
Stove/Furnace Model: Reading utility stove

Re: Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:09 pm

One of the brushes used is a horseshoe brush.

Steel stoker cleaning brush

See that post for the whole discussion. I bought mine thru "oilman"
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:14 pm

So what, you clean the front then the back? from underneath? :) Scott
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x3, 700 Van Wert 800
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: stoker-man On: Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:54 am

Brush all the surfaces you can reach, including the burner plate holes and under the plates. The more scale you remove, the more efficient heat transfer next winter.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Cleaning an efm's ash

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:37 pm

dammit i gotta clean it again? i burned up the shop vac cleaning it last time
this whole warm sunny days crap is depressing.
lincolnmania
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore