I got a call to replace the grates and the bin coal pipe in a Van Wert. Everything went smooth...lit the fire....about 15 min later a odd smell started coming out of the transter area and the coal bin pipe. It also had a white haze to it. The draft was -.04 at the stove pipe before the baro, chinney was clear, boiler was clear. I even fooled with the air to see if that would help. This isn't the usual sulfer coal gas smell you get from burning coal. I talked to Arnie from Van Wert about this problem. This also happened to me once before when I worked on a Wagner Coal Stoker. Everything on the wagner was working the way it should. We were stumped why this was happening, just happens that his 8 neighbors all had wagners. They never smelled this before. Elwood, the oldest of the Wagner people stopped in to talk. He has his wagner since 1955 he was stumped also, we checked everything out.
The common factor in this is that both had the coal oiled. I think that can be causing the problem? Arnie from Van Wert said this did happen to someone he knows. I suggested to the Wagner guy to get some coal with no oil on it so we can see if this is the problem. He said forget it we have a HVAC company coming tomorrow to convert our house to electric, we are getting to old for coal. They just wanted the coal for backup. I'm suggesting to the Van Wert stoker person we shoud try some clean coal to see if thats the problem.
Has anyone experienced this problem with oiled coal??? Or am I missing something with this Van Wert?
Last edited by MATTHEW D.
on Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.