Warm Memories of Our Old Coal Furnace

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Jmegena
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Post by Jmegena » Mon. Apr. 17, 2023 12:14 am

Who would have thought one could write a story around a Losch Series 900 Anthracite Stoker!

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Post by davidmcbeth3 » Mon. Apr. 17, 2023 2:05 am

How many of his ex-wifes, now missing, went down that chute ? Ah, memories...good times. Back when I was a kid.....


 
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Post by hank2 » Thu. Apr. 20, 2023 12:24 am

Jmegena wrote:
Mon. Apr. 17, 2023 12:14 am
Who would have thought one could write a story around a Losch Series 900 Anthracite Stoker!
Great memories and nicely written. "You welcomed it on your cold face and hands, and it surrounded you like blankets in a warm bed you don't want to leave on a cold morning." :yes:

 
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Post by StokerDon » Sat. Apr. 22, 2023 9:26 am

What a great story!

Thank you for making us aware of it. I have a lot of similar memories of my early childhood in a small town in Schuylkill county in the 1960's. The 3 story row homes that my grandparents lived in had the exposed steam pipes running from the coal boiler in the basement up to the third floor. And I burnt my finger on a steaming hot radiator more than once!

The Losch 350 and 475 were built like a Tank and would run for 40, 50 or 60 years before they needed to be rebuilt or replaced. These are some of the most common coal stoker boilers you can find in coal country basements. They burned the cheapest coal available and were very popular. Every coal supplier that I have used in the past 15 years used a Losch for their on personal use.

I had a Losch 475 for a while. Unfortunately, the stoker was missing a lot of parts so I put a Yellow Flame stoker in it. it worked great!

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