Hello, I'm JB Sparks from north central Mass. Could not abide spending over $3000.00 for heating oil this winter so i decided to try coal. i'm trying coal because i figure everybody is going to switch to pellets making them expensive and hard to get.
the other reason is i have a hot water heating system and thought a boiler would work better for heating and hot water. Bought a Harman Trident SF160. Plumbed and wired it myself, being in the trades it wasn't to difficult. i have pictures i'd like to show you if i can figure out how to get them on this post. Puters are not my best game, electricity, plumbing, carpentry no problem, puters don't make common sence to me.
Well, fired-up the baby yesterday and let it run till it went out just to see how it would do. got 18 hours of useful heat. the temp around here yesterday and today was around 30* to 40*, Kept the house of 1800 sq.ft., 3 stories nice and toasty. the stack temp stayed around 100* after i learned to close down the air supply damper to keep it from getting to hot. That was a little scary at first, the water temp. went up to 212* and the dump zone came on and would only hold the temp. but would nt lower it. So i clamped it down and it just idled along at about 170* for the rest of the night till 11: Am the next day. So far i'm very pleased. The only thing i need to find out is how to keep the water temp from getting to high in these not too cold days.
i'd like to thank all of you for all your help you didn't know you were giving me. If it wasn't for this forum i dought if i'd be heating with coal right now. Special thanks to Richard for helping me with the registration.