Summerizing My New Stoker Making It Worst?

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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Post Sat. May. 10, 2008 3:41 pm

This year was my first season heating with a brand new LL Pioneer. It performed great, better than I thought.

So now it time to summerize it. I've read the other threads and so I take it mostly apart, vacuum it good and then wash it with a mixture of water and baking soda. I washed it until the solution stop fizzing, which took about 4 cycles of washing and rinsing. I used just a sponge and paper towels.

But here's my problem. As a fair amount of the paint on the inside of the stove had fallen off, burnt off or whatever over the winter, within 30 seconds of wiping it, it's now got a nice rust color coating. I didn't even have a chance to apply a rust preventer. I'm wondering if it would have just been better to leave the "protective" layer of crud on the stove rather than exposing the raw steel.

So, I guess my question is, is this just superficial rust...or do I need to some how get this rust off and then repaint. I'm thinking re-painting every year will be a real pain.


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Post Sat. May. 10, 2008 3:58 pm

My gut says that little surface rust is OK. I'd apply the rust inhibitor and kiss it goodnight.
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Post Sat. May. 10, 2008 4:34 pm

The "protective crud" contains a lot of corrosive materials, trust me if you didn't do what you did it would look much worse than it does now 2 weeks from now. When the air hits it you have oxygen rich environment and moisture. Combine that with the corrosive properties and you create a rust paradise. ;)

Surface rust and the paint peelling is normal, really nothing you can do about it. They probably only paint them inside to prevent it from rusting on the show room floor. :lol: Truthfully have no worries, wait until the metal starts flaking off in 5 -10 years. ;)
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Post Sat. May. 10, 2008 5:47 pm

There's a product called LPS-3. Find where you can buy it near you and spray that on the inside of the stove. It will provide protection until you are ready to burn again in the fall. I'm not familiar with your stove but if it uses a chimney (not direct vent) disconnect the vent pipe to prevent humid air from entering the stove while not in use.
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Post Sat. May. 10, 2008 6:33 pm

Before you use the LPS-3, for the inside of the stove body, go buy a can of Duplicolor high temp paint,, the 1200-1500* stuff. Gif the inside of the stove a coat of this very good high temp paint.. Then use the LPS-3 on the stoker parts, door hinges etc...

This high temp paint seems to almost 'melt' into the steel surfaces,, and stays on better than any other product I've heard of on the site.

BUT , if you didn't do the thorough cleaning you did,, the corrosion would go on un-checked all summer from the ash interacting with humidity... shortens the stove's life considerably.

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Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
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