Vogelzang Sentry Help

Vogelzang Sentry Help

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:10 am

Hello all, A friend of mine purchased a vogelzang Sentry for his home and he is having some issues.

Basically he thinks the stove gets too hot and the electronic draft shuts it down, his fire goes out. He said it seems to last about 3 hours. he gets it going good and then by the time he comes back its done and out.

Some background. he put up a new stainless 6" flue. He's not new to coal but hasn't used it in 20 years or more and he is getting frustrated.

he does not have a baro damper on it. I am going to take my manometer over to measure draft. i suppose it could be that?

He said he gets a nice fire going in it for a few hours but that is all.
He said he has to leave the ash door open for it to work well. but that he doesn't want to do that.
He is burning Nut coal in it.
I have never used a hand fired but have read where you have to load them up with a good bit of coal to get them going well.

Anyone have any tips or suggestions I can offer him.

what should draft be on this type of stove? .04 in flue and .02 over fire?

Thanks!
Mark (PA)
 
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler

Re: Vogelzang Sentry Help

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:51 am

The Draft for a handfired should be around .05"-.07"
It sounds like he has plenty of draft when the fire is hot, but once the temps drop off, his draft drops, this reduces the air through the fire, further reducing it's temperature,, and soon the fire dies..

If his house is really tight, the chimney will have difficulty pulling a draft from the sealed house.. He may need to provide a dedicated outside air source to the stove area..

The manometer will tell the tale...

Greg L

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LsFarm
 
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Re: Vogelzang Sentry Help

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:52 pm

Is he burning anthracite or bituminous? I've read of several people that bought Vogelzang only to discover that most of them are not made to burn anthracite.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
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Re: Vogelzang Sentry Help

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:55 pm

Anthracite but the manual for his stoves specifically states that it will burn it. now in the real world!!!!......

nut coal

thanks.
Mark (PA)
 
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler

Re: Vogelzang Sentry Help

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:33 pm

Mark (PA) wrote:the manual for his stoves specifically states that it will burn it.


Well, that's good news!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
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