Hand crank tip for power outage

Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: e.alleg On: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:54 pm

When the power goes out, you can keep your EFM 520 lit by cranking the coal in manually. I learned the hard way, take it easy with the crank. All you need is about 10 revolutions per hour and it will keep the fire nice for when the power is restored. If you crank 25 pounds of coal into the pot once the power is restored you'll have some massive heat!
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:43 am

And a 9/16 Chevy Distributor wrench works nice for cranking it.
cArNaGe
 

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: rocketjeremy On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:42 pm

Thanks for the tip!! The snow/sleet/freezing rain is currently flying here in New Ringgold and until I get an inverter backup system I am very interested in keeping the unit running without power. I have a generator but I usually don't go through the trouble of hooking that up unless the power is going to be out for a significant time. For just and hour or two I like the idea of just giving it a hand crank and keeping it running. Do you do all 10 revolutions at the same time (say the top of the hour) or do you spread them out at all?
rocketjeremy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF-520
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: billw On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:15 pm

Where is the air coming from?
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:23 pm

The chimney
cArNaGe
 

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:30 pm

Only If You Have a Good strong drafting Chimney ;)
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:24 pm

open to anyone here.

Provided you have a good drafting Chimney.

With your barrow damper set .02 / .04

Would that be enough to keep it going by cranking it? I haven't had to do this YET but it would be good to know!
Mark (PA)
 
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:36 pm

Mine will.

Course if I put tinfoil over my baro. My draft will go over .1 easy with an idle fire.
cArNaGe
 

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:52 pm

cArNaGe wrote:Mine will.

Course if I put tinfoil over my baro. My draft will go over .1 easy with an idle fire.

I was thinking of you when I posted :lol: I did that the other week and the draftrite gauge whent to .14 :shock:
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: stoker-man On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:40 pm

The draft on my hand-fired is always .14
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: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: billw On: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:20 pm

Another thing I'm going to have to experiment with this spring.
billw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: coal berner On: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:13 am

stoker-man wrote:The draft on my hand-fired is always .14

It should be .04 or 05 not .14 On The scale you would use the lines between the numbers 0 ||||.05|||| .10 Anything past .06 your wasting heat up the chimney / Heating the Neighborhood

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/PDF_files/mark2_iom.pdf
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:42 am

I have no draft regulator. Remember? I don't burn coal.
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: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:20 pm

I thought you were burning coal now.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Hand crank tip for power outage

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:02 am

The chimney draft keeps the fire going. It isn't enough to heat your house but it keeps the fresh coal you auger in going. Mine is at .04 most of the time but sometimes on a real crisp windy day the baro is wide open and I heat the neighborhood a little. I could adapt to a 12" stack pipe and install a larger baro but it doesn't bother me that $$$ much.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520