This guy Paul posted on the 21 page forum and said he was an engineer and part owner. I posted the following response on that forum, but I thought it fits better over here. I guess Paul will chime in over here. I'm trying to figure out how it would work on an Alaska stoker.
Paul thanks for the response. I have some follow ups. If I understand what you're saying (and the setup manual), an Alaska stove would have TBRN=Y (as it only has one motor), and the feeder would run all the time, but the speed would vary. Is this correct?
As I understand the way the stock Alaska stoker works is that it runs for a certain amount of time during 5 minutes. As "3" is the middle setting it should run for 2 1/2 minutes out of 5 minutes although it would cycle on and off during that five minutes. However, the coal-trol would make the Alaska stoker run all the time, correct?
If I'm correct, what is the advantage of the constant feed? I would be concerned about a negative impact on stoker life if its running all the time.
On constant feed what is the range of motion of the stoker in the bottom of the hopper? As I understand on 5, the stoker goes all the way to one direction and then the other, but on the lower settings it just goes a little in one direction and then a little in the other direction. I think the goal of the varying motion is to evenly feed the burn grate so a constant line of fire is maintained, and so when its on 5, all of the coal is going out at a given distance before the end of the burn grate, regardless of whether its in the center or on the edge.
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on Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.