Old Armstrong Octopus

Old Armstrong Octopus

PostBy: whyverne3 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:56 pm

Does anybody know anything about these old octopi? I moved in with this monster last March and we've learned to get along fairly well, thanks to the Coal Forum.
When I first started working with it, my buddy insisted on giving me a blower for it. My question concerns the movable divider that fills the full height and depth of the furnace. There is a 10" x 10" hole at the bottom of this partition. That's where he put the blower.
My friend insisted on putting the divider at position 1 in the picture; at the end of the furnace, essentially putting the cold air return and the warm air in the same box. Since I never use the blower anymore because all it seems to do is spread dust, I decided to move the partition back to position 2; in the middle, separating the chamber. I'm going to try this for awhile to see if I notice any difference.
Does anyone happen to know where this divider is supposed to be? Or if makes any difference at all?
Thanks.
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Re: Old Armstrong Octopus

PostBy: tsb On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:02 pm

Now there's a friggin coal stove. You've got to get an operating engineers certificate to run that bad boy. I'm jealous on just about every level, but to answer your question------------haven't got a clue. Trial and error seems the best policy.
Thanks for the photo.

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Re: Old Armstrong Octopus

PostBy: whyverne3 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:06 pm

Yeah, I've had a lot of fun with it. If you have any bodies to get rid of, I could use some extra money. LOL.
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Re: Old Armstrong Octopus

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:12 pm

I would say just to the right of the cold air return, possibly where that crease is. The idea is to get the cold return air to the floor so it can start from the bottom around the furnace housing allowing it to pick up the most heat from it by being in contact longer. The U turn after coming down also may act as a poor mans air cleaner, dropping out dust and debris from the return air. This is why the blower stirs up a mess.
When heating systems started using blowers, they had to add filters for this reason.
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Re: Old Armstrong Octopus

PostBy: whyverne3 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:15 pm

Thanks, makes sense to me.
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