Coal Bin for EFM and Ash Ideas?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Coal Size/Type: rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Herman DVC 500 & EFM 520

Post Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 7:17 pm

Just looking to get coal feed ideas for those who have their EFM in the basement? Any tricks of the trade for ash cleaning or self cleaning systems that forum members may be using? Dan

Mark (PA)
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Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler
Location: South Central, PA

Post Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 8:25 pm

i have a bin inside my basement that will hold 6 tons of coal and I usually burn 6 to 7 tons per year burning almost all year. I usually shut it off a few months in the summer (and I put an Illegal light bulb in the burn chamber to help keep out moisture).

I have next to my bin a 50 gallon barrel that was used to ship food grade olives that my feed tube goes into. Nice thing about the food grade barrel is it has a nice lid on it.

Ashes go onto a pile outside and I am the automatic removal system! My neighbors take my ashes and use them at will, they put them on icey driveways or gardens or just use it as fill at times. My ash pile usually disappears by the end of summer...

Good luck

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Stoker Coal Boiler: efm stoker and allen stoker
Coal Size/Type: rice and buck
Other Heating: allen stoker
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 6:26 pm

I put the ashes in a garbage bag and give it the garbage men. My worm goes right into my bin and that hold about 5 ton. I usually burn 4.5 tone from Sept to April then turn on the hot water heater last year I Dn't put a light in the stoker and it got all full of scale and rust I'll never do that again
Ryan Strohl

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