Clean out arm stuck

Clean out arm stuck

PostBy: TzHauling On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:34 pm

I went down to empty ash today and my clean out arm is stuck. I tried to to pull on it and it won't move. Anyone know if I can smack it with a hammer or how I can unjamm it :?: I'm new to coal and don't wanna break anything on the furnace.

Thanks for any help.
Stove/Furnace Make: efm

Re: Clean out arm stuck

PostBy: CoalJockey On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:55 pm

I doubt I can be of much help but heres maybe something to start with..... :?

Can you lay down and look in the ash door and see the linkage where it hooks to the pot? There should be a little jamb nut with an adjustment for your rod, at least thats how mine is and its an older burner. Well, maybe you can unbolt the linkage from the pot and see if you can swivel the fines drop out by hand instead of using the lever??

What I am getting at..... that would at least tell you if your lever or linkage is hanging up or if something is wrong with the actual cleanout on the pot.

Geez..... other than that I don't know what to tell you. :o

Im sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.... if J.C. or Stokerman sees this maybe they can help you better than I....

Good luck
Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's, 900, 1300
Hand Fed Coal Stove: (2) Warm Morning Stoves

Re: Clean out arm stuck

PostBy: stoker-man On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:05 pm

Remove the hexagon shoulder bolt that holds the rod's "eye" to the clean out cover. That should allow you to see where the binding is occurring. It could be that the two wedges that hold the clean out cover tight against the pot are set too tight. With the eye removed, tap the cover out of the wedges and see is they are set too tight, or maybe the pot was laid on the floor and they got bent too far. Use a screwdriver as a lever to open them up a bit. It should be fairly easy to determine the cause.
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: Clean out arm stuck

PostBy: TzHauling On: Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:02 pm

It worked the wedge was set to tight. I backed it off a little and it works great.

Thank you guys for your help.
Stove/Furnace Make: efm