Well guys, we have a "fire in the pot"!! I finished up some things on the boiler last night, door gasket, metal plates installed (baffles?), etc and started a fire about 9:30 PM. I don't have my coal bin built yet but I couldn't wait any longer. I had a 35 gallon trash can sitting around so I dumped 120 pounds of coal in it, put the bin auger and bin feed pipe in it and layed it down at an angle so I could couple the auger together. I started out using the charcoal briquettes soaked in lighter fluid but that didn't seem to be working fast enough. So I took some old scraps of wood I had and rolled them up in paper and lit them. Within minutes the coal was glowing red. It took about an hour to and hour and a half to get it up to temp and the stoker shut off. I couldn't determine if my timer was working properly or not. I have a Honeywell S400B timer. I assume it is the mercury one everyone envies I know it was switching 120VAC and it is running but there wasn't any stoker action. I connected one side of the switch to the ZR screw and the other is wire nutted to the 120VAC line in. The only thing I could think of was the High Limit was reached and the stoker wouldn't fire even on the timer. I had it set on 180/160 with 4air 4 teeth. I turned it down to 170/150 3.5 air 3 teeth because it seemed to be running hot. The feed tube was warm but not hot when I finally went to bed about 1:30 AM. I forgot to check the feed tube this morning before I left. I may go home at lunch time to do that .
I'll post some pictures as soon as I can. It's been a big project to undertake but I have learned a lot and I did it all by myself. I still need to build the coal bin and get the panels painted blue.