S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: TimW On: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:05 pm

I'm selling my S130 coal boiler and someone is asking me if they can burn rice coal in it rather than pea coal. Can this boiler (purchased in 2008) be setup to burn rice coal?
TimW
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S130 Coal Stoker Boiler

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:19 am

Everything I see says pea or buckwheat size.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:35 am

I have heard of guys burning rice in them just to get rid of it, but I wouldn't plan on burning it routinely.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:52 am

Better ask AHS. It may promote loads of puff-backs.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:22 am

Not a good idea.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: TimW On: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:39 pm

I appreciate the feedback and I'm not surprised by the response. Thanks, I'll pass along this information.
TimW
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S130 Coal Stoker Boiler

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:57 pm

Another potential issue is carbon monoxide. The S130 needs to breathe when idle (which is most of the time) so CO properly goes up the chimney and out. Rice coal may greatly hinder this breathing.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: greenftechn On: Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:48 am

The main issue with rice is poor airflow through the burn pot during the active firing cycle. Occasionally, folks buy rice by mistake or have preexisting coal inventory to use up. You can mix rice with pea coal to use it. Don't go below a 2:1 ratio of pea to rice. More pea is better. If using buckwheat, stay at 4:1 or higher.
greenftechn
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Coal Gun S130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Wood Gun
Stove/Furnace Make: Alternate Heating Systems
Stove/Furnace Model: E100

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:31 pm

greenftechn wrote:The main issue with rice is poor airflow through the burn pot during the active firing cycle.

Even if it works it will seriously reduce the unit's output and increase reaction times.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: S130 - pea coal vs rice coal?

PostBy: greenftechn On: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:05 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
greenftechn wrote:The main issue with rice is poor airflow through the burn pot during the active firing cycle.

Even if it works it will seriously reduce the unit's output and increase reaction times.


You got it! :idea:
greenftechn
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Coal Gun S130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Wood Gun
Stove/Furnace Make: Alternate Heating Systems
Stove/Furnace Model: E100