The efm WCB-24 hand fired wood/coal boiler

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: wayne chace On: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:22 pm

wayne chace wrote:I have two used units avalible
in the manual feed boiler section
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM, Axeman Anderson
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Tarm
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Equator
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Economy
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Pea,Chesnut
Stove/Furnace Make: equator

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: thetaspica On: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:52 am

Thank you Stokerman! A nice new WCB-24 is sitting in my garage and will be traveling to the basement before long. My wife likes the color. So do I.
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Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: stoker-man On: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:15 am

I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

By the way. To those following this thread, the new wood/coal boilers are now available.
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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: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: Rampant Lion On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:23 am

You say that they are now available, simply contact a dealer with an inquiry, or do I have to contact the number listed on the company website? I like the simplicity of the unit.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman sf160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman MKll

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:40 am

You can call and talk to me at efm.
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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: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: glenn harris On: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:48 am

I have one in great condition for sale. $1500. Have it listed in "Items for Sale" section!

Glenn

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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: Berlin On: Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:17 am

how about a simple feature that would cost very little, yet add a measure of convenience; where the sides slope to the ashpan, put a lip in so that the edges of the ash pan are about 1/2" under this lip, thus preventing ash from continually being deposited around the ashpan, ash going on the floor everytime one removes the ashpan etc.

as far as bit coal goes, as long as it has an easy access door or port to any fire passages within the boiler to periodically brush soot it should be fine. bit coal won't hurt the firebrick etc. any more than anthracite, any additional sulfur content is insignificant; all coal has sulfur, a few extra percentage points won't make a bit of difference as far as corrosion goes.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:52 am

I haven't used the newer 3-grate model, but on my older 2-grate model, there is no problem with the ash spilling over the sides of the pan. The fire door is plenty large to easily brush the inside surfaces of the boiler.
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: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: TLCGrapes127 On: Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:24 pm

Stoker-man, I have a question about the EFM WCF-24 produced a while back . I have just determined that the firebox on my EFM WCF-24 has a crack plus a lot of warping. I have decided to replace the unit and not take a chance on getting the crack welded. I got good service from the WCF-24 and would buy that product again (I bought mine in 1992 and used it as the primary heat source for a 2200 sq ft house). However, EFM doesn't make the WCF-24, and I can't quite see using the WCB-24, so I'm probably going to another manufacturer. I talked to someone at EFM today and got good information, but I have a question still: Do you know the gauge of the metal for the firebox?

In looking at wood furnaces, I see warranties of 5 years. Is this industry standard? [I got 17 years from the EFM, should I expect that from a new unit that is warranted for 5 years?]

I also see some wood furnances that are rated at 120,000 BTUs (or more). I believe the WCF-24 was 60,000 BTU and I ran it pretty low much of the day (I'm sure the firebox warping occured during the the other portions of the day!). Any opinion on whether these 120000 BTU units can be run well at a much reduced output? (by 'well', I mean stay lit, produce low cresote, and low smoke).

Thanks for any info.
TLCGrapes127
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: WCF-24

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: stoker-man On: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:11 pm

I think you talked with stokerman today. I'll run the question about sheet metal gauge by him tomorrow.

AHS makes wood gasification equipment but I don't know if they make furnaces. That supposedly produces low smoke and creosote.
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: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: TLCGrapes127 On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:43 am

I'm interested in the thickness of the metal firebox, not the sheetmetal surrounding the firebox. Thanks for your help.
TLCGrapes127
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: WCF-24

Re: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:56 pm

12 ga. steel was used for the firebox
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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: The Re-introduction of the efm WCB-24

PostBy: TLCGrapes127 On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:16 pm

Thanks for all your info and suggestions. [I'm not sure if the person I talked to yesterday is you but you were "both" helpful.]
TLCGrapes127
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: WCF-24

Re: The efm WCB-24 hand fired wood/coal boiler

PostBy: mark On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:53 am

Stokerman, I have the exact unit and setup. Problem is I cant keep coal burning after 3-4 days. Obviously a draft issue, but not sure how to fix. I'm throwing away half the coal and constantly jamming the grates. I need to get the coal burning from the bottom up instead of top layer only. Any suggestions?
mark
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: WCB24
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Oil Boiler in Basement

Re: The efm WCB-24 hand fired wood/coal boiler

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:14 pm

I set the grates so they are partially open. I gave up trying to shake them. Get yourself a 1/2" steel water pipe about 4 feet long. Use the pipe to poke through the ashes and through the open grate, then use the door opening as a fulcrum and lift up the pile, moving the pipe back and front. Since the hard clinker tends to block the grate, I usually have to keep ramming until I get through the grate and then it's just a matter of lifting the pile and letting most of the ash fall through to the pan.

That way the ash pile is only a few inches deep. If it looks like the coal bed is glowing red, but is pretty much spent, I throw a few pieces of pallet wood on top of it and then a few shovels on either side, but leave the middle slightly uncovered so that air can come up through it. It always works.

If the fire goes out, I always use three pieces of pallet wood to start a wood fire and then put coal on as described above. Using fire starters that I make myself out of wax and planer chips, it takes less than 2 minutes to build a wood fire, pile on the coal, and go back inside to get my cup of coffee out of the microwave.
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