Converting to Coal

Converting to Coal

PostBy: dan1166 On: Sat May 24, 2008 9:32 am

I live in Northeast Pa. and its time to think about coal once again.

I am going to convert back to coal but need some advise on boilers.
I have the opportunity to buy a EFM 520 that was converted years ago to oil. I would need to purchase the whole burner system, from the auger, the transmission system to transport the coal to the fire pot, and the pot itself. Basically, I am only buying the hot water boiler.

What would be a reasonable price to pay for just the boiler, and does anyone have any idea what it would cost to buy all of the transport items and the fire pot. I am not sure about the grates. Being new to this forum, I would really appreciate anyone's knowledge about these facts.

Maybe the better way to go is just buy a used 520, or even a recon unit, if one can find them. Thanks for listening.

Stove/Furnace Make: EFM PK 600

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Re: Converting to Coal

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat May 24, 2008 9:47 am

If the cost is reasonable and you have the mechanical talent to do the restoration, I would say go for it. There are members here and a factory rep, EFM even has there own section. Get pics of the unit (particularly the conversion), cost, etc. and post it up, the advice and numbers will flow. Parts are available for reasonable cost, if it isn't all butchered up it may be your best bet. Compare pricing on new, used, refurbished and the one you are looking at plus parts and you can make an informed decision on that basis. Anyway you look at it you will save a ton of money and be warm. You have this board for free, and that is priceless. :)
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Converting to Coal

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat May 24, 2008 3:26 pm

Hello Dan, welcome to the forum.. As requested above, some photos would really help.

Here are some rough prices to give you a very rough range to work within.

A used but refurbished/rebuilt EFM 520 costs roughly $2000-$3500, depending on year, condition, options etc..

I'm estimating that a rebuilt burner assembly is going to run around $1000-$2000. The wide range is based on the specific burner and your needs
for the auger, brackets to install in your boiler, missing pieces etc..

So, based on the above [very] rough prices,, I would say pay $500 or so for the boiler, If the oil coversion is the EFM conversion kit,, not a home-grown conversion, this oil burner has some value as well, so you may want to up the price by a few hundred dollars.

If the EFM's enclosure is not rusted out around the bottom and all the enclosure pieces are there,, I'd say buy it if you can.. Oil burning should have lessened the normal corrosion from coal ashes,, so maybe it's in good shape.

The serial number for the boiler would help, and whether the cleanout door is round or square, and the measurements of the boiler.. There are quite a few EFM 350's in use, as well as different versions of the 520,, they all look pretty much the same

Below is a photo of some EFM rebuilt burner assemblies and a few boilers.

Contact [via PM] member ' scrapper 23' he rebuilds EFMs... look in the 'Items for sale' in the forum,, he had an EFM 350 for sale, it is sold, but the ad may be informative..

Hope this helps,, 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: Converting to Coal

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat May 24, 2008 9:49 pm

Man! I'm all excited looking at that picture! Who does all the units? :) Scott
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup

Re: Converting to Coal

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun May 25, 2008 6:45 am

I know scrapper has the required parts and would be reasonable.

Looks like a production line of rebuilds !

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: Converting to Coal

PostBy: dan1166 On: Sun May 25, 2008 1:54 pm

Thanks all of you for your valuable input. I will contact scrapper for more information. In the meantime, keep the opinions coming.

Thanks again to all the respondants

Stove/Furnace Make: EFM PK 600

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