Welp, almost 5 years to the day later, and I must dig this one out of the dusty (with coal ash) NEPACrossroads archives buried deep within the dark recesses of the internet.
I *FINALLY* got my stoker boiler down the basement! YEAH!
I was a man on a mission yesterday. I had got up with the plan to move all my coal into the basement ... but then I started thinking ... where the hell is the boiler going to go ... and how the hell am I going to maneuver it around here with a basement full of coal bags?? At that moment I decided the boiler is going down those stairs NOW - controlled, or out of control!
This stoker was given to me by our recently lost forum member Jim D. last year - God rest his soul. A very generous man indeed. When I told him I had zero cash, he said "Don't worry about that - can you sell some stoves for me?" Hopefully I was able to move a few more for him than the ones he told me about. THANK YOU JIM OL' BUDDY!! It was one of the ones he designed and built - may have been a prototype. I will try to do him justice by doing a good install. We'll remember him as his boiler heats our home in the years ahead. God Bless him!
Same deal with this one, only this time it went MUCH easier. 2nd time's a charm? This time I ripped a sheet of plywood in half, and nailed it to the stairs with 14 nails. VOILA! Instant ramp. The setup was exactly the same -- ATV outside (only this time I removed both the front door and basement door), running winch line (blue synthetic instead of steel this time) thru house to snatch block, and 120° or so to the handle of the 2-wheeler. Only difference was I left some excess length on the strap used for the snatch block-to-stud connection, which made the unit want to steer toward my railing and off the edge of the stairs. We caught it in time, and pushed the snatch block away from us with our hands, which then guided the unit straight to the bottom of the stairs! SWEET!! Hard part is done. Took a fraction of the time it took to get the Mark III down there, as there was no prying and swearing at every step. Just one solid motion downward. I also had help from my neighbor's 250 lb. nephew - he manhandled that thing like it was a box of Cheerios!
Even still I was covered in sweat by the time this thing got down the stairs. Getting it positioned in that narrow stairwell was still a challenge no matter how much help I had!
Now for the plumbing part. I'm a bit rusty - can't remember how the hell they come up with the strange sizes for NPT. I recall measuring one ... but the measurement I got was way off from what it was called. Guess I'll get stuck making a few trips to the store ...
Also my oil boiler is now leaking like a sieve. Now I think I know the reason for it sucking down oil this summer for DHW. I'm already under 1/2 tank .. and I filled up in March!!
Anyway ... here's some pics!