Alaska Kast Console Is Home

Re: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:28 am

I removed the cover from the back of the furnace again, seems a lot of the heat was flowing back through the furnace to the cold air return, I'm sure the heat exchanger was absorbing a lot of it, preventing the flow of air back to the cellar.
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:02 pm

Cover back on, more refinements in the works. Cover on or off made no difference except with it off the oil burner could not be used if I was to be away and the coal burners were out.
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

Hot Air Distribution/Stove Acts Like Furnace

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:08 pm

Here's the latest project. I have connected the blower on the oil furnace to distribute warm air from the coal stove. I used a the blower switch salvaged from the old oil furnace and a DPDT switch to switch the blower leads from the oil burner to the coal-fired unit. Switch is set at 120 degrees on/100 degrees off. I raised the burn on the stove way up and within a few minutes the switch started cycling the blower on and off.
Next: Connect the hot water loop.
BTW, off road diesel is now $3.50/gallon, bought 10 gallons today for the water heater.

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Gotta love coal heat!
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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

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Re: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:22 pm

Newest modification is the separate combustion fan. This allows me to regulate the burn rate without changing the combustion air or changing the adjustment on the feed linkage from the motor gearbox to the carpet. Other options include variable speed convection fan.
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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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:28 pm

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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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:42 pm

Connected the 3/4" loop in the stove to the oil-fired water heater, using a small circulating pump.
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:19 pm

John, are you planning on running the stoker all spring and summer for heating DHW ??

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:45 pm

Just today saw this post. John.... Beautiful job on the rebuild! Love the color. Heheee! You deserve to be proud of the restoration.
Europachris did a sweet job too. Amazing how they can be brought back to life!
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:36 pm

LsFarm wrote:John, are you planning on running the stoker all spring and summer for heating DHW ??

Greg L


Yes I am, Greg. I don't know how much of a benefit it will be with the fire on a lower burn all summer, but it will definitely help out in the cold weather.
One benefit I have already noticed: Before I connected the loop the oil burner would fire during moderate use, since the aquastat is near the bottom of the tank. The recovery is so fast that the water in the top of the tank (and out the outlet port) would be way over the 120 degree set point. Now with the loop installed the water temperature through the tank is more even, I haven't noticed the extreme hot water. I assume the oil burner also shuts off sooner due to the circulation of the water in the tank.
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The only things left to do are insulate the pipes, build some kind of a jacket for the stove to wear during the summer so the cellar doesn't turn into an oven, and install a thermometer on the return line. I had a spirit thermometer installed before but the tube fractured, I need to find a new one. I can't really adjust the flow with the gate valve without a thermometer.
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:36 pm

Freddy wrote:Just today saw this post. John.... Beautiful job on the rebuild! Love the color. Heheee! You deserve to be proud of the restoration.
Europachris did a sweet job too. Amazing how they can be brought back to life!


Thanks, I appreciate it.
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:21 pm

I seem to get the best results out of the loop in the stove with the gate valve (red handle) open 1/2 of a turn. More then that and the water temperature in the pipe drops off. The valve shaft turns 4 revolutions from fully closed to fully open.
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:45 am

The power to the oil-fired DHW burner is off, I'm currently heating the water with the stoker only. This works out fine until my daughter shows up with 200 lbs. of laundry in tow!
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: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Matthaus On: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:29 pm

Hasn't she heard of cold water Tide? :lol: :lol:
Matthaus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Lil' Heater (rental house)
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite

Re: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:39 pm

Nice neat job there John!! (& I was proud of myself for adding another layer of firebrick to my TLC) :notworthy:

Have to start calling you "Scotty" (of Star Trek fame)
Your wife just yells down: "We need more heat Mr. Scott!) :D
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Alaska Kast Console Is Home

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:32 pm

Actually I have a front loader Kenmore made by Frigidaire. It uses a lot less water then top loaders. The top loading washer is obsolete in my opinion.

I rant all the time about using a warm water setting for the rinse, since it costs more to dry the cold laundry in the electric dryer then it would with a warm rinse. A clothes line is forbidden here, it's 80 degrees outside and the sun is shining, but the electric dryer still runs.

I guess I could remove the dryer and place a nicely worded sign in it's place with instructions on how to use the new clothes lines, one outside and one in the cellar by the Alaska. Of course, I will be no where to be found for awhile, unless I want to suffer some horrible fate at the hands of the modern women of the 21st century!!!

BTW, the aquastat on the oil burner is set at 110, it was at 120 before connecting the loop.
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

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