Warm Weather

Warm weather

PostBy: wenchris On: Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:34 pm

My boiler has not kicked on since Dec 27 2005! Just to matain temp! This Magnum stoker exceeded what I thought it would. Anyway, the last two days has been very mild here on the Island of Long 60-70's. My stove went out, relit it and went out today again. Any ideas??? Not enough draft when its on pilot mode? Tried turning the on time up to 7 min and the off time down to 10 min. will see if that works. Anyone else having problems with the warmer weather? Don't want to shut her down just yet as the evenings cool off. God forbid the 2 princess's get up to a chilly house. :) Thanx Jimmy
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum stoker with water coil

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:55 am

We have occasionally had trouble in the spring. What will happen is that it may not run all night except for on the timer then in the early morning you'll get some demand for heat and it will fire up. By the time the demand has been satisfied it's usually ripping, sun comes out and it gets warm so no more water gets circulated. The temp will be up so high that it never gets low enough for the timer to work and in the meantime it goes out before it gets to that point. We usually have to set the high temp back in the spring so it shuts off more quickly so it doesn't get a chance to get raging.

Don't if or how you can apply that to your stove .
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:47 am

Hi Jimmy, I have some low-draft issues too, the big problem though is that with almost no heat demand from the house, the water in my boiler gets pretty hot at times, I've had one instance of boiling so far.

I've been letting the fire go out in the mornings, and start it again in the evening, just to keep the chill out of the house on the 30-40* overnights. There is no way to make small enough of a fire to keep the water below boiling, and keep a fire going. If I had a stoker, I'd probalby be trying to figure out, like you, how to keep the fire idling during the day.

This morning is laundry day, so I've kept the fire going this morning to preheat the domestic hot water for the numerous loads of hot-water laundry.

I will probably use the boiler only a few more nights then shut it down for the summer. I have already started the work to build a good coal bin and improve my chimney this spring/summer.

Take care, Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: lime4x4 On: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:15 am

I have the magnum stoker as well..Days the temps hit high 60's low 70's still need the heat for at night when the temp drops into the 30's. I have no problem keeping a fire going when it's so warm outside.The stove runs in pilot mode all day long and most of the night.3 min on 12 mins off I think that's hyow I have it set.It keeps a very small coal bed going the stove temp is below 100 degrees during the day. If u look in at the coal bed u swear that there is no fire but if I crank up the thermostat within 5 mins u can c the pretty blue flames dancing around..

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:38 pm

Same here, the nights get chilly20-30's. Still keeping it going!

Just using the pilot mode mostly during the day and the thermostat will kick it up if needed. Feed rate backed down to 4 turns and 1.25 mins on the stoker every 10 mins. it is using less than 1#/hr.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

PostBy: wenchris On: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:06 am

Lime, can you do me a favor and check how many dots u r pushing and the on and off times of your settings. Woke up this morning and it was out again. Ran fine all day yesterday Took apart the whole stove and cleaned it out. No buildup under pusher block, every thing looked good. I am confused????? Thanx Jimmy :roll:
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum stoker with water coil

PostBy: lime4x4 On: Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:03 pm

2 dots for the feed rate and it's currently set for 3 min on and 13 min off

PostBy: wenchris On: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:17 am

Lime, thanks. Found my problem, seems the combustion blower worked its way back half way off the mounting tabs. Stove was not getting the full effect of blower. Don't know why but will keep my eye on it. Runnin fine now. Jimmy
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum stoker with water coil