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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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StokerDon
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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 Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 10:17 am

Yesterday afternoon I decided to put together my spare Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker. I had enough spare parts except for a couple linkage parts, I used a couple bolts, washers and nuts as a subsititute. I assembled it all on a furneture dolly with 6x6's and 16"x16" pavers to boost it up a bit. I clamped a couple pieces of steel to the base and the feeder castings to hold them in place. Then I wheeled it outside the garage, put some coal in it and lit it!
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
More fun than a fire pit!

-Don
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Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by lighting something on fire.

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Carbon12
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Post Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 10:29 am

Excellent! A new outdoor BBQ! :lol:
No matter where you go,......there you are.

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2001Sierra
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 8:44 pm

The lawn tractor had an American flag on it, did you burn it off the stoker unit :D :D Maybe put it under that white thing in the garage and see what happens :o

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davidmcbeth3
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Post Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 9:13 pm

He does wiring like me !

Neat pics.

Can't wait for follow-up pics of the walking on the coals.


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Pauliewog
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Dual Paddle Feed
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Pittston Stove
Baseburners & Antiques: Fame Rosemont #20, Dickson Oak, Golden Oak, Happy Thought Oak, 1913 Herald Oak#16, (2)Comfort Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Chesnut, Pea, Rice / Anthracite
Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania

Post Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 11:25 pm

It did seem like it got a little warmer outside late yesterday afternoon! Now I know why. :D
Former anthracite contract strip miner

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StokerDon
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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 Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 1:05 pm

Just do'in my part to help out global warming. It's had a tough time this winter! :lol:

-Don
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by lighting something on fire.

samhill
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75
Location: Linesville, Pa.

Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 1:11 pm

Why didn't you do that a month or so ago?
"Any fool can criticize, condemn & complain & most fools do." Benjamin Franklin

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StokerDon
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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 Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 8:10 pm

I didn't have all the parts, or time a month ago. I still have get some new grates and side rails. You can see in one of the photos, that shows the ends of the grates, how warped they are. They are my current spares.

-Don
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by lighting something on fire.


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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 8:30 pm

You won't have any trouble boiling sweet corn. ;)

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anthony7812
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Anthracite
Location: Colley,Pennsylvania

Post Sun. Apr. 20, 2014 9:15 pm

That sucker would have boiler sap pretty quick a month or 2 ago ;)
Anthony

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stovepipemike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2
Location: Morgantown ,Penna

Post Mon. Apr. 21, 2014 7:41 am

Great way to exercise your options/backup equipment . Nice sharp pictures too. Keep it up and you will become our resident YF expert and go to guy!! By the way can you determine if Yellow Flame used nickel welding rods on their hoppers? Mike

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StokerDon
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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 Wed. Apr. 23, 2014 3:53 pm

Mike,

How would I be able to tell if the hopper was welded with nickel?

I can say one thing about the hoppers; The one that came with my boiler is gavinized sheet and looked almost new after clean up, no rust, no holes, some slight surface corrosion at the bottom. I cleaned it, wire wheeled it, cleaned it again and painted it. ready for another 30 years!

The hopper that I just got is rusted out, I will open it up and post some photos. They don't realy look like they are welded, looks like they are folded and crimped?

-Don
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by lighting something on fire.

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