Coal Appliance Monitoring Stations

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 4:01 pm

I thought it'd be cool to have a thread dedicated to monitoring stations for our coal appliances. Anthracite burners, bit burners, stokers, hand feeders, boilers or furnaces, everyone please feel free to post pics and descriptions.

And what spawned this idea? Well I got one of those fancy Magnehelic draft gages for Christmas. So I totally revamped my monitoring station. Firstly I was shocked at how big this thing is lol. It was a struggle to get everything to fit inside the remote cam frame and then to get the lighting just right. The LCD screens have to pitched at just the right angle or you can't see them.
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Top left red display is hot water coil.
Top right red display is warm air supply.
Remote BBQ thermometer is over the load door and flue pipe temps.
Then of course the monster sized Magnehelic draft gage in the center.
The green light to the right of the Magnehelic is illuminated when the thermostat calls for heat.

Here's a pic that includes the monitor board, remote IP cam and lighting.
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Let's see those monitoring stations :o ;)


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Post By: freetown fred » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:01 pm

Just remember Lee, you asked so you shall receive. :)
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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:06 pm

freetown fred wrote:
Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:01 pm
Just remember Lee, you asked so you shall receive. :)
What is that?
Hold my beer and watch this?

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Post By: freetown fred » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:09 pm

I wouldn't drift a thread like that, especially my cyber buddy's .>) That's my damn monitoring station. We do what we can afford!! :)
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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:18 pm

Could you explain a little? I gather you put your hand on the stove to see how hot it is? Is that right? :lol:

Or is that your choke the chicken hold.

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Post By: freetown fred » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 5:41 pm

Damn Lee, it's a combo monitor. Do any of yours do that? :)

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Post By: Scottscoaled » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 7:09 pm

Figured that was the finger pointing to the stove telling your lady friend to " turn it up a little bit more". Or maybe he wetted his finger to see how good it was drafting😊😊

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Post By: mntbugy » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 7:27 pm

FF, That thumb looks like it is good for a hitchhiker.


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Post By: warminmn » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:23 pm

oops, double post
Last edited by warminmn on Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post By: warminmn » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:24 pm

warminmn wrote:
Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:23 pm
Lee, Im assuming yours is live online so you can check it anytime? Pretty neat!

I use nothing but magnet thermometers on the side and manometers, and my ears to hear it roar so I know when its ready to close my draft after loading....my secondaries can really roar. maybe I should add a picture of my ear :lol:

Someone needs to get a live cam on FF's stove so we can watch him monitoring his stove live ;)

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:41 pm

warminmn wrote:
Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:24 pm
Lee, Im assuming yours is live online so you can check it anytime? Pretty neat!
Thanks! Yeah, Dlink IP cam which uses a smartphone app so I can check it live from any location with WiFi or cell network service.
warminmn wrote:
Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:24 pm
Someone needs to get a live cam on FF's stove so we can watch him monitoring his stove live
I know, right? Then we can really see how much coal he's burnin. :lol:

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Post By: michaelanthony » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:43 pm

I got 2 of 'em and they work 24/7. Lee, yours are LCD, mine are LDC...I'll get a pic in a minute...got 'ah check some wires

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Post By: michaelanthony » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 8:47 pm

"warminmn" wrote:Someone needs to get a live cam on FF's stove so we can watch him monitoring his stove live

hey! this is a family thread! :lol:

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Post By: michaelanthony » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 9:14 pm

Ok, wires are good....
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had to separate the red from the black and white! :lol:
edit: LDC stands for LAZY, DONTHINGBUTLAYAROUNDTHESTOVE, CATS!

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 9:18 pm

Holy cow Mike! What are you feeding them? Miracle Grow?!


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