Blower Life?

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 Wed. Nov. 26, 2008 11:13 am

Hey guys I was just wondering how long you can expect your blower to last since it runs 24/7 for months on end?

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Post Wed. Nov. 26, 2008 11:24 am

Many folks have 10years+ out of their fans,, Just annual cleaning and lubrication required.

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
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Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon
Location: Cuba, NY

Post Wed. Nov. 26, 2008 11:33 am

As long as you keep them cleaned and lubed. I am going on 4 years on my keystoker, and my hyfire is older than that. Did have to replace one Combustion blower when it burnt out.
- Dave
Hyfire I & Keystoker 90K heating an 1890 Victorian
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Post Wed. Nov. 26, 2008 5:02 pm

I have a blower motor on my Russo stove that has got to be 25 years old.I will admit he is beginning to make some noise and run warm but that is the length you might expect with cleaning and oiling.If it goes down tomorrow,it won't owe me a dime. Fractional h.p. motors are amazing for the small price they cost. Regards,Mike

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Post Wed. Nov. 26, 2008 7:27 pm

I wondered the same thing when I got my hotblast.It has 2 small blowers(550 cfm).I think I figured one day they run 5000 hr per year.I'm on my 3rd year and so far so good.I bought a spare for 125 bucks just to be safe.

On my oil HAF it has the original 1/4 hp motor 1954 but I don't expect that from a new motor.

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Post Thu. Nov. 27, 2008 7:13 pm

36 years on mine, it's a cheap Fasco. Keep the squirrel cage blades clean with a toothbrush or Q tip (dust and ash accumulate on the leading edges and kill efficiency and balance) and do not over oil it. A drop or two of oil twice a year is more than enough.
Nothing is impossible for people who don't have to do it themselves.

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