Conversion of a Riteway #37 Into a Stoker Furnace

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McGiever
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Wed. Dec. 29, 2010 1:51 am

Thanks for the kind words. :)

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Other Heating: Franklin wood stove

Post Fri. Jan. 03, 2014 3:43 pm

McG, how has this Riteway conversion been running for you ? found the old thread on my search and it peaked my curiousity

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McGiever
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Fri. Jan. 03, 2014 4:52 pm

Worked very well. Made good use of the low internal stove exhaust for great heat extraction under the air jackets...that was sure nice heat temps. blowing out of the duct registers throughout the entire house. :)
It was to keep us in heat until I found a stoker coal boiler at my price, how ever long that might take.
Well, I got lucky fairly quick and to my surprise I found our Axeman and did a change out over to the boiler in the winter of 2011.
Besides the great home heat delivery flexibility from the boiler, we've come to enjoy the luxury of both abundant and economical hot water. :D

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Coal Size/Type: Nut Anth.
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Location: Elkhart county, IN.

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 9:26 am

just found this thread as a result of your comments in Lee's down draft conversion.

what can I say, you are a great thinker and a fine craftsman. that conversion and install was top notch.

i wish I could justify using a stoker, i'd be at your door with an offer on the "Betterway"

steve


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McGiever
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 9:32 am

Do not we both share some similar "passions"?

:D

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW), ComfortMax 75
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 9:36 am

Amazing! After going through all of that truly skillful effort what inspired the switch to the AA-130?

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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
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Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 9:39 am

Wow.. Truly impressive! I'm humbled! :notworthy:

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 10:13 am

Why did I change and go boiler?

Lucked into a plug-n-play 1959 AA for a very good price. :D
Having the ability/skills and tools plays in big part too.
But, it helps to have unlimited hot water at a good savings, along w/ the ability to extend or branch out the system in any direction and for any distance easily w/ only 2 little pipes or pex tubes.

I added a hot water coil into the furnace plenum and piped 2 other zones w/ a 4th zone spare...for now. ;)

I also gained an auger and the ability to work off a large coal bin.

Duct work is not as versatile.
Oh, I still have my whole house A/C 8-)


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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 8:10 pm

McGiever,

I am envious of that coal bin!

How big was it?

How many hundreds of pounds could it hold?

And, how many days did you get out of a bin full?

-Don

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2014 9:54 pm

It holds a bunch...maybe 200-250lbs.

Has a decent size ash pan by design too.

I would, on occasion, be out of town for better part of a week and it kept on working just fine till I returned.

That hopper is galvanized steel in and out. :)

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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 8:12 am

It's nice to get 4 or 5 days out of a hopper.

-Don

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