How to load an AHS hopper

How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:39 pm

My Buddy Charlie's invention....

1: Put bag on step & slit open.

2: Crank wheel half a revolution causing bag to go up.

3:Keep cranking, bag starts to lean into hopper.

4: Less than two revolutions & the bag flops perfectly upside down dumping into the hopper. Reach up, remove empty bag. Repeat:



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Put bag on step & slit open:
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Crank wheel half a revolution causing bag to go up:
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Keep cranking, bag starts to lean into hopper:
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Less than two revolutions & the bag flops perfectly upside down dumping into the hopper. Reach up, remove empty bag. Repeat:
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Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:02 pm

Nice!

I just pour in the 5 gallon pails. I need some better way...
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:15 pm

I would build a set of stairs.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:11 pm

The AHS boilers with square hoppers are lower overall than the older ones with the round hoppers. Mine is 60", and the latest ones are 59". I don't know how tall the older round hopper S130 models are.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:42 pm

Yaaa, the new square hoppers are quite a bit less tall then the round ones. Charlie built a set of stairs years ago.....it got tiring to carry the bags up them! Now, zip & up they go!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:47 pm

About how tall is Charlie? He seems to nearly as tall as the hopper is high. Perhaps the hopper has 2 inches on him.

Off topic, but does that hopper have a lid or is it always open?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13 KW)

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:09 am

lsayre wrote:About how tall is Charlie?

Off topic, but does that hopper have a lid or is it always open?


I'm 5-10 & have a good 4 or 5 inches on Charlie.

Yes, the hopper has a steel lid with gasket & it is always on except when filling.

I've seen him fill it before his invention. His stairway is (was) two steps. I'll measure his hopper height next time I'm there. I know one thing though, you do NOT fill it without a step or two up. If memory serves me right (but it seldom does LOL) the new hopper style is 10 inches shorter than the old style.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:26 am

I like your solution Freddy.

1. Install Axeman Anderson boiler with auger.

2. Build big bin.

3. Fill once per year.

4. Stay warm and smile.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: How to load an AHS hopper

PostBy: Greyhound On: Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:11 pm

As Rush would say "Mega Dittos" ;) :!:
Greyhound
 
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