help choosing a hand fired boiler

help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: ondarunn On: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:16 pm

Hello everyone my name is Steve. I have been burning coal about 28 years. My boiler is a De Dietrich CF 120 6 section cast iron. Alas the time has come to replace it,it cracked during it's first fire this year. I use coal oniy during the coldest months. Normaly would get 12 hour cycle unless real cold and windy. Our house is 2400 sq ft built in the 20s. my oil fired boiler , I think a converted coal unit,is 4 sections cast iron firing .85 gph.I also use a Harman P68 on the first floor. The De Dietrich is very similar to the Attack Boilers being sold by New Herizons Corp.. I would like to buy a locally manufactured unit.Is there any cast iron boilers any more? If not I have been checking out Harman Trident , EFM WCB , and New Yorker. Any reviewes and suggestions would be great.
ondarunn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DeDietrich CF 120 , Harman P68

Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: Dennis On: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:39 pm

AHS makes a multi-fuel boiler. I have one with a oil Gun attached. Easy to load and shake down,built soild.
http://www.alternateheatingsystems.com/ ... ilers.aspx
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:58 pm

Has anyone who contributes here ever found success with a D.S. Machine hand fired boiler? They seem so simple and straightforward in their function and robust in their design that I could never believe the endless problems the one gentleman on this form who had one agonizingly experienced.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

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Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:31 pm

EFM makes a very nice hand fed boiler, it is very well constructed and one of the few that is designed to burn anthracite as a primary fuel.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: Pacowy On: Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:57 pm

If your current oil boiler was built to use coal, my first thought would be to consider a conversion stoker for it. That's probably because my collection of them seems to be breeding like rabbits in the garage. :lol: But seriously, it would combine a cast iron boiler that's already installed with the benefits of coal and the control of oil.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: macdabs On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:39 am

I went tried a hand fired boiler using a DS machine for a 1-1/2 heating season(s) . My advice is step away and purchase a new or used stoker like AHS, EFM , or Keystoker. My AHS260 outperforms the hand fed unit for heat output and gave me my life back from cutting, stacking,feeding and fussing a hand fed unit all day long. I had a bunch of trees fall from Hurricane Sandy and my neighbor came down with his buddy for the fire wood. They noticed my AHS in the shop and watched it work for for two hours in amazement and kept asking when I had to fuss with it . I said in a day or so the ash pan will need empty, they were just drooling ..
:D
Macdabs
macdabs
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea
Other Heating: Pellet,oil
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260

Re: help choosing a hand fired boiler

PostBy: 4Mainer On: Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:59 pm

I have a New Yorker WC90. We've mostly burned wood in it. Tried coal for the 1st time last weekend. Burned really nice, a lot less work than wood, more consistent and can achieve higher temps without additional work. I'm struggling to keep a coal fire going for more than 10 -14 hours, but that's likely operator error. Will try coal again when the temps drop below 30 and stay there.
4Mainer
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yorker WC90

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