Opinion About Oiled Rice Coal With the Auger System

Stoker Coal Boilers automatically feed the coal and have controls and pumps just like any conventions boiler. They are intended to be used as a primary heat and often have domestic hot water coils as an added bonus. They can be set up independently or in dual sytem with your existing oil/gas boiler. They can accommodate both hot water base board or steam plumbing.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Sat. Oct. 10, 2009 8:00 am

Oiled coal would be a good idea for my set-up, but does anybody know if it would gum up my auger and pipe over a 9 foot pull from the bin?

How does it work in your own standard two-pipe, two-worm feed?

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Post Mon. Oct. 12, 2009 11:02 pm

I'm no expert but I burned a ton of oiled coal and switched to very lightly watered coal. The oiled coal crunched more in the tube, and it made pockets around the auger. The dry/damp coal worked better but made much more dust in the bin. The oiled coal reduced almost all dust.
Burning coal is definitely worth the extra work involved.
"Good enough" is not good enough.

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