Timer in the Winter

Timer in the Winter

PostBy: billw On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:33 am

As it gets colder out I'm thinking of cutting my timer back from 2 min/half hour to 1min/half hour trying to save some coal. Is it a smart idea in the dead of winter to just turn the timer off? I'm trying to be frugal (cheap) but I don't want an outfire in the middle of January.
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:21 pm

You probably have more call for heat in the winter than 2 mins per half hour and maybe you don't need the timer. But even if the timer comes on, you're only storing a little more heat that will soon be used anyway.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: billw On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:52 pm

Yeah, I guess you're right. I noticed the boiler temp is up to 180 today. Maybe it's just better to leave well enough alone.
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: coal berner On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:49 pm

billw wrote:As it gets colder out I'm thinking of cutting my timer back from 2 min/half hour to 1min/half hour trying to save some coal. Is it a smart idea in the dead of winter to just turn the timer off? I'm trying to be frugal (cheap) but I don't want an outfire in the middle of January.

Bill can't you run the timer every Hr. like 2 min. I have been doing that setting since I started the boiler in Oct. The only
time I had a fire out is when I was playing with the feed rate. I set it on one tooth 2.5 lbs hr it went for three days then
out it went but I should of went with 2 min every 30 min instead of 2 every hr. I think it will work but won't play with it
until spring comes. Try 2 min every hr. If the fire goes out bump it to 3 mins every hr. I know with my will - burt timer
it will run twice on the 30 min cycle setting and once on the hr cycle setting .
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
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Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: billw On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:54 pm

I've got an Intermatic. It's a half hour timer only. I don't know of a way to set it to come on once an hour. A Wilburt timer might just be another upgrade I do next summer. I'm definitely putting in a DHW coil.
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:01 pm

I have an old honeywell S400 timer bill. You can switch it from 1/2 hour to 1 hour. Works good so far.
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Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: coal berner On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:58 pm

billw wrote:I've got an Intermatic. It's a half hour timer only. I don't know of a way to set it to come on once an hour. A Wilburt timer might just be another upgrade I do next summer. I'm definitely putting in a DHW coil.

You don't need a will- burt timer why Pay that much look on ebay you can find good cheap ones he is my back up it is a
Dayton timer switch 2E-357A Itermatic makes them for Dayton . The old honeywell Mecury switches will work to the also
are 30 min & 60 min timers. Probably the best ever made they last forever you have to mount them level .

http://www.grainger.com/product/2E357
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:59 pm

Don't ever junk the S400. They're worth their weight in gold.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:19 pm

Don't ever junk the S400. They're worth their weight in gold.


The plant where I work are a ton of old mercury switchs. They keep on working. The stuff that seems to break is the new stuff.
cArNaGe
 

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: Pa Dealer On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:25 pm

The Honeywell S 400 is the best timer out there. It is easy to set, switches between hour and half hour easily and lasts forever. I am glad that I have a bunch on the shelf.

RY
Pa Dealer
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 DF
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM DF 520
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:58 pm

The Honeywell S 400 is the best timer out there. It is easy to set, switches between hour and half hour easily and lasts forever.
...........and hasn't been available new, for many years.

The Wil-burt is a far better timer than any Intermatic. When you shop for price, you get exactly what you pay for.
stoker-man
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: coal berner On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:07 pm

Well stoker - man not everybody makes as much money As you do :P So some people have to shop around not everyone can afford a 287.00 timer. You can find intermatic / Dayton timer for 35.00 to 50.00 on ebay. Nothing wrong on saving
money. That the whole reason why we use coal to heat with in the first place .
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:50 pm

That the whole reason why we use coal to heat with in the first place .



Not me! I'm doing it so I don't have to cut firewood anymore. Well ok it is for money reasons. I wouldn't be able to afford Oil or Propane.
cArNaGe
 

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:11 am

i am using a one hour paragon timer that abbots oil left behind.....they left all sorts of hvac stuff....i must have 40 boxes of flex ducting......i need to get some of it hooked to the plenum on the efm some time
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore

Re: Timer in the Winter

PostBy: Geoman On: Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:47 pm

Could someone explain to me what the timer is for :?:

Pat
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
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