AA 130 Install

 
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Post by StokerDon » Sat. Nov. 21, 2020 7:57 pm

That is a lot of fines!

At least the coal burns up nice.

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Post by ziggy87 » Sat. Nov. 21, 2020 8:14 pm

StokerDon wrote:
Sat. Nov. 21, 2020 7:57 pm
That is a lot of fines!

At least the coal burns up nice.

-Don
I have about 1-1/4 tons of that left to burn. I need to repair the end of the feed tube. It is messed up. I called AA on Monday and talked with Renee. AA DOES NOT have the auger repair ends anymore as the material is to expensive. AA will sell a piece of 5 that can be welded on the end of the auger I have a spare auger that I am going to clean the end up and add some material to make it a little stronger I hope.

 
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Post by McGiever » Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 4:02 pm

Ziggy, Couldn't help but notice a red gas can in that picture of the ash tub...hope you have everything under control there. :)

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 8:08 pm

McGiever wrote:
Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 4:02 pm
Ziggy, Couldn't help but notice a red gas can in that picture of the ash tub...hope you have everything under control there. :)
Thanks for the concern. That can is 10’ away from the boiler. The ash was cooled off when I sat it over there. My goal is to clean up in there this weekend. I have 3-4 refrigerant recovery bottles I need to turn in as well. I hope to have the building spray foamed in the next week or two.

 
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Post by McGiever » Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 8:40 pm

Figured you were likely in good shape there.

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Mon. Nov. 23, 2020 7:47 pm

Well I came home to an out fire tonight. Looks like my feed bin will need some attention. The end of the auger was exposed. I have an old steel polymer bin at the house. It is sloped to a center hole in the bottom. I think that it will make a good bin. I will get some pictures up on Thursday.

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Mon. Nov. 23, 2020 7:59 pm

ziggy87 wrote:
Mon. Nov. 23, 2020 7:47 pm
Well I came home to an out fire tonight. Looks like my feed bin will need some attention. The end of the auger was exposed. I have an old steel polymer bin at the house. It is sloped to a center hole in the bottom. I think that it will make a good bin. I will get some pictures up on Thursday.

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Post by ziggy87 » Tue. Dec. 29, 2020 9:50 pm

Well boiler has been running for a little over a month now. I have had a few out fires due to coal bridging. I am almost done with the coal that had all the fines in it.
I did have an issue with ashing. The ashing arm was slipping off the side of stop and the boiler was ashing all the time. Took me 3 weeks to figure it out.
I got my pipes insulated this past weekend. I want to put another layer on pipe insulation on and then tape it up to keep from getting wet and falling apart.

Jason

 
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Post by StokerDon » Thu. Dec. 31, 2020 7:56 pm

ziggy87 wrote:
Tue. Dec. 29, 2020 9:50 pm
I did have an issue with ashing. The ashing arm was slipping off the side of stop and the boiler was ashing all the time. Took me 3 weeks to figure it out.
I had the same problem with mine. The ashing lever would slip down behind every once in a while. I took the ashing lever off, put it in the vise and gave it a slight bend out. Works perfect now.

I only noticed it because me and the cat spend a lot of time sitting and watching this crazy coal burnin' contraption. :D

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Post by ziggy87 » Thu. Dec. 31, 2020 8:45 pm

StokerDon wrote:
Thu. Dec. 31, 2020 7:56 pm

I only noticed it because me and the cat spend a lot of time sitting and watching this crazy coal burnin' contraption. :D

-Don
Maybe one day I will be there I have a lot of stuff out in my boiler building. I was glad to at least get my Farmall H put in there for the winter.

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Mon. May. 23, 2022 9:15 pm

Well it’s been a while since I have updated the forum on the Axeman. I am happy to report that we have had trouble free burning for almost 2 years now. I have run through almost 22 ton of pea coal so far. I am also happy to report that it has saved me over $4000 in heating costs in 2 years compared to wood pellets. I figured I would have burned 15 tons a year at $289 per ton. This boiler is amazing and heats out 6400 sq ft house with basement very efficiently.
This summer I plan on pulling out the pellet boiler and installing an oil boiler for back up. I can get a good deal on one since I work for an oil company.
I also plan on running 1-1/4 black pipe over to my parents side to cut back on some of the heat loss in basement on my side. Also need to fix a few leaks that popped up this year form the coal boiler piping.

 
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Post by Rob R. » Tue. May. 24, 2022 5:56 am

ziggy87 wrote:
Mon. May. 23, 2022 9:15 pm
I also plan on running 1-1/4 black pipe over to my parents side to cut back on some of the heat loss in basement on my side.
How is adding more pipe going to reduce heat loss?

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Tue. May. 24, 2022 3:20 pm

Rob R. wrote:
Tue. May. 24, 2022 5:56 am
How is adding more pipe going to reduce heat loss?
I am going to be removing the 200’ of 3/4 o2 berrier pex that acts like radiant floor heat in the winter.

 
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Post by Rob R. » Tue. May. 24, 2022 3:33 pm

Okay. You are insulating the black iron pipe?

 
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Post by ziggy87 » Tue. May. 24, 2022 11:26 pm

Yes I will be. I will try to post some current pictures next week of what I currently have.


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