How Long Can We Run With Out Blower on?

A Coal stoker furnace or stove controls most operations including automatically feeding the coal. They are quite similar to any conventional oil and gas units and easily operated for extended periods of time. They commonly use rice coal but may use larger sizes like buckwheat. They can be used as primary heat, supplementary heat or have a dual set up with your existing oil/gas furnace.
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Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer
Location: MA, South Shore

Post Sat. Oct. 24, 2009 10:28 pm

I am curious as to if there is a heat limit on what is prudent to run the stoves at with out the blower running. I realize
that some heat is lost up the flue this way, but the quiet may be worth it. Will running it on radiant heat alone cook the
fan motors? I know the coal trol kicks on the blower if it is off too long, or speed is less than half of feed rate. But with
the blower disabled, how hot is too hot? Do they even get too hot?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II
Baseburners & Antiques: Grander Golden Oak , Glenwood # 6
Coal Size/Type: All of them
Location: Douglassville, Pa

Post Sat. Oct. 24, 2009 10:37 pm

My guess is that you will get some natural convection
through the fan. The fan on the pioneer is located
down low on the stove and will not be affected by the
heat of the stove. You may confuse the Coal-Trol a bit.
I jammed a wood shim under the convention fan to cut
down the hum a little.

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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
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Sun. Oct. 25, 2009 6:14 am

Just yesterday for the first time ever I played with a coal-trol. Sweet little unit! Of course we didn't read the directions, but did notice that you can set the fan speed at any level you want. If set at 20% it flows plenty of air to wash heat away, yet is nearly silent.
Orrington, Maine

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Auger
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Location: Delanson, NY transitioning to SE Mass

Post Sun. Oct. 25, 2009 7:28 am

Hey guys, how much is a coal-trol? I'm wondering if it's worth retrofitting my Alaska 140 auger with one of those babies. The controls that came with it seem th control it rather well already but the techie in me just begs to tweak it as much as possible :roll:
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon
Location: Cuba, NY

Post Sun. Oct. 25, 2009 7:43 am

IT would problaby get pretty hot, but some convection up thru the top and/or ductwork to a certain extent. It may start to smell hot.

Yes, the coaltrol depending on the feed rate runs the blowers very low, or you can override them at a certain % and it will stay at the level and automatically kick up if the feed rate exceeds a certain level.

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