Had a Homer Simpson DOH! Moment Today

Post Reply
User avatar
e.alleg
Member
Posts: 1285
Joined: Fri. Feb. 16, 2007 10:31 am
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520
Location: western ny

Post Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 1:12 pm

The boy yells out from the shower at 6am this morning "the boiler must be broke there's no hot water". Seemed a little chilly in here too... thermometer says 26 outside 54 inside...hmm, I never had an outfire before and it's been running for like 2 years straight. Lets investigate. I go down in the basement with my bathrobe to find the problem. I'm thinking "oh no the worm broke" because I hear the stoker ratcheting like normal. Well when I saw the full ash bucket on the floor I realized my folly. On Sunday I emptied the ash pan and filled the hopper like I do every Sunday. DOH! In reality I took the ash pan out, put the new one in, and the phone rang and I forgot about it. The diagnosis was pretty obvious: no coal in the bin. The boiler hadn't cooled off too much, maybe 120* so it wasn't a big deal to get her relit. Lesson learned, it's just as easy to keep the hopper almost full as it is to keep it almost empty

Visit Alternate Heating Sytems

User avatar
009to090
Member
Posts: 5101
Joined: Fri. Jan. 30, 2009 10:02 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice
Location: Warrenton, NC

Post Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 1:27 pm

e.alleg wrote:The diagnosis was pretty obvious: no coal in the bin.
Theres your problem! toothy

Your a better man than I am. I would never have admintted to it. :oops:

Post Reply

Return to “Stoker Coal Boilers Using Anthracite (Hydronic & Steam)”