Boiler availability

Boiler availability

PostBy: szembek On: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:37 pm

Anybody know if other manufacturers have long wait times to get a boiler right now? My friend is looking for one and is being told a keystoker won't be available until around December. Are EFMs as good and more readily available?
szembek
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A120

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:52 pm

I know the Fireplace Gallery has some on order but I don't know if they are spoken for.

Phone:(570) 298-2150

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2540 S.R. 29 South
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: 1termite On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:40 pm

aeh has a stoker bolier under iteams for sale it like the efm
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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: df520

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Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: szembek On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:38 am

uses buckwheat coal


He's looking for something that burns rice coal.
szembek
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A120

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:13 am

Unless he already has the rice coal there really is no reason to need rice coal. The Van -Wert, EFM's and that unit are all very simialr. The rice should burn in that unit without any problems. Ours will burn either rice or buck but works best with buck. In any event the buck will be easier to come by.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: billw On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:28 am

Will the EFM run on buck also? I know they say rice, just curious if it can handle a different size.
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:35 am

Yes the EFM should burn Buck also. air and feed adjustment will be different and a good draft is very helpful. I have asked this same question myself prior to buying coal this year. I ended up getting rice anyway since my local guy had it also. But its good to know it'll work. Credit to JC (coalberner) for this answer...
Mark (PA)
 
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: szembek On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:28 pm

Interesting, I'll pass it on. I know that most of what they sell here locally is rice.
szembek
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A120

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: cellardweller On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:44 pm

I called Keystoker last week. Same answer. Know some people "in the business". Local installers can't get anything new from EFM for 6 months minimum(regarding full units, does not necessarily apply to parts).
cellardweller
 
Stove/Furnace Make: small Keystoker& dinosaur
Stove/Furnace Model: (wonder where I put the manual

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: coalmeister On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:05 pm

I would not get a rice burner, to many people burning rice, the breakers have thousands of tons of other sizes sitting around, in fact they are rebreaking other sizes to make more rice.

My 2 cents

Mitch
coalmeister
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska 140 Furnace -sold
Stove/Furnace Model: Harmon VF3000 -sold

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:13 pm

How come it's a penny for your thoughts, then we get 2 cents worth?

I think the rice thing is temporary....like wood pellets right now... give it a few months & I think they'll be enough for those that need it. Maybe I'm wrong!
I had it in my head that when coal was mined it came out in big chunks then was ground to size, but I guess it's not like that. Simply, they mine it and screen it. They get what they get. If they have to grind it to a smaller size it's expensive, time consuming, and hard on the machinery. I would think that if Rice size continued to be more and more popular and they have to grind it, that they'd have to raise the price of Rice.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: 1termite On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:50 pm

i burned buckwheat in my efm 520 all last year with no problem. i was told it could burn buck but it would wear out the worm out faster
1termite
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: df520

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: mike On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:34 pm

The breakers do crush the mine run coal. Basically what they do is they give the mine run a quick screening. Anything larger than stove gets sent to a grizzly (crusher) and crushed to a smaller size. Back in the day there were guys at the top of the breaker with sledge hammers. There job was to smash the really bigggg lumps into smaller sizes that the crushers could handle.
mike
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Gentleman Janitor GJ5
Stove/Furnace Model: Reading utility stove

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: e.alleg On: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:39 pm

I ran both sizes in my EFM last year. With rice the unit is pretty much silent, when using the larger buck I could hear the coal crunching in the auger and it seems like there was more strain on the stoker gearbox, auger, linkage, etc.. I'm sure it can handle it but more strain is less good.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Boiler availability

PostBy: coal berner On: Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:03 am

Running Buck in a EFM 350 or 520 is fine as long as the coal is no more then 10% oversized and is not 15% undersized
Rice coal runs from 3/16 to 5/16 buck runs from 5/16 to 9/16 so big rice will be 5/16 and small buck will be 5/16
the same size So if you get buck make sure it is Small sized buck you will be fine Now the EFM 700 900 & 1300 where
set up to run buck The Auger was a 2.5" And the Auger tube was 3 " The 350 & 520 as a 1.5 " Auger & a 2 " Tube
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

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