Looking for boiler info-pea coal compatible

Looking for boiler info-pea coal compatible

PostBy: incynr8 On: Fri May 16, 2008 11:24 am

Ok here's my situation.
Grew up with coal.
Franco B stoves mostly. gravity hoppers 50K ranges, burning Pea Anth. in the Pocono region of PA.

.....current situation........

1200 sq foot, two story house, old and leaky.

oil fired EFM (newer, less than 7 years old i suspect) boiler in basement running old style radiators in each room (4 of those) also baseboard water units in LV and bathroom. Single circulation circuit, also supplies DHW.

Basement also has ANCIENT wood/coal round stove, no hopper, hand fed as ER/supplementary heat....Separate chimney.

Ancient round body getting replaced with a 50K btu Franco my family has as a spare I rebuilt a few years back for improved heat and possibly near primary until the oil boiler is taken out to sleep with the fishes (ok craigslist ). i might not need this at all down the road, but it's free and what i have right now.

as for the oil boiler/DHW

I wont have vertical space for anything much bigger(in height) than the existing EFM oil boiler. there would be room to the RIGHT side of the unit, however.... I fear alot of stokers might not fit happily, but I am ignorant to the configurations and availabilities...However I'd like to burn PEA coal...........So they(stokers)might be out anyway.

I have no problem feeding the stove(s) myself with buckets............... I would like to stick with the one coal size over having automatic stuff.

I'd love to hear suggestions for stove sizes, models, etc that can run pea, supply DHW (yes I plan on year round, with a tempering tank from the well supply in the basement).

Thanks in advance for any input. I am not opposed to refurbs as options either, as being economical is ideal.
incynr8
 

Re: Looking for boiler info-pea coal compatible

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri May 16, 2008 11:40 am

Hello incynr8 welcome to the forum.. The two stoker boilers that burn pea coal are the AHS s130 and the AxemanAnderson 130m.. both are of a similar design,, one, the original that's the Axeman. And the more modern design the AHS.

For your install with a low ceiling,, the Axeman is probably what you need to look at.. because the axeman uses an auger to feed the boiler,, the AHS has a fairly tall hopper/funnel above the boiler to gravity feed the coal, and it sounds like you are height limited..

Go to the websites for AHS and Axeman Anderson.. either google them, or I'll attach the links.

http://www.axeman-anderson.com/
http://www.alternateheatingsystems.com/

Here is a photo or two of my AA instalation.. mine is the larger AA 260M boiler.

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Looking for boiler info-pea coal compatible

PostBy: incynr8 On: Fri May 16, 2008 11:43 am

thanks for the info!, given those pics...I think that unit type would fit just fine.
What are the flue size requirements? That is my only other concern, although I should be ok..
About how much would I expect to pay for such a unit?
incynr8
 

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Re: Looking for boiler info-pea coal compatible

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri May 16, 2008 11:53 am

The flue size for the 130K btu units are 5", for the 260K btu units are 6" I have 6" connected to an 8" masonry chimney..

Both the AHS and AA 130 NEW are around $6000, you'd have to call to get accurate numbers.. I never buy new.. I bought my AA 260 off of ebay, and completely rebuilt it..

There is a long thread about my rebuild with lots of photos.. do a search on the forum for ' Axeman Anderson disection' I think that will bring it up.

There have been several AA 130 units come available used,, for less than half the price of new.. keep an eye on your craigslist, local papers,, and most important, contact your local heating installers.. they often remove perfectly good coal boilers, and SCRAP them [what a waste] when installing a new oil or gas boiler... contact them and tell them you will gladly remove and pay for the old boiler, more than scrap price.. Money talks..

Here is the rebuild 'disection' link: Axeman-Anderson Anthratube 260m disection

Greg L
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LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

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