Startup the coal stoker

Startup the coal stoker

PostBy: daluds On: Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:33 pm

Hello,

I am almost ready to startup the coal stoker, but did not complete the plumbing for the heating system. Should I wait until the heating system is plumbed before I start the coal stoker to have a place to dump the heat if it runs too hot? How fast does the coal stop burning once the system is turned off?

Thanks,

Dave
daluds
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: EMF
Stove/Furnace Model: DF-520

Re: Startup the coal stoker

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:19 pm

daluds wrote: How fast does the coal stop burning once the system is turned off?


From my experience with the my Van Wert which is very similar to EFM if not identical I'd have to guesstimate 3 or 4 hours minimum with a small bed of fire. I know this because some idiot has tendency to forget to turn the furnace back on if he had to turn it off to take the ashes out. :oops: If it's stoking you don't want to go opening the ash door unless you want big lung full of fumes. I've probably restarted ours as long as 5 or 6 hours later and possibly longer but that would be when it got shut off with a very large bed of coal burning.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Startup the coal stoker

PostBy: e.alleg On: Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:17 pm

I would plumb the whole thing before you fire it up. It will take an hour or more to get up to operating temperature, and once it's there it will take days to get the air out. There is no reason to shut it off once you fire it up, consider it lit for life.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520