Putting Unburned Coal Back Through the Boiler

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Brad'79
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Post Mon. Jan. 24, 2011 8:03 pm

I'm new in the coal burning world. The house I bought came with a EFM520.

I had two tons of buckwheat hard coal delivered and it took me about 1.5 weeks to get the hang of air/tooth settings. I initially thought I made a mistake and should have bought oil instead cause my ash pans were as heavy as a ash pan full of fresh coal. I assumed that because the coal was dropping down red hot that it was spent.

Needless to say I adjusted the air settings a little higher and now I'm very happy I didn't buy oil :D .

Anyhow, I have a lot of unburned coal with little ash mixed in. I rinsed out the coal and dumped it to the side of my bin. Is it OK to mix in a bit of it in with the fresh coal and pass it back through the boiler? I hate to waste all of that coal.

The manual mentions that you need to manually crank the shaft in order to get a good count on the amount teeth per cycle. (or something like that) do you just kill power and put a wrench on the electric motor shaft or do you need to disassemble something?

Thanks!

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Post Mon. Jan. 24, 2011 10:35 pm

Sure, put the good coal back in the bin.

The fan can be seen through the opening. It rotates in a CCW direction. Cutting power to the stoker motor and having an electrician disconnect the motor's wires from the circuit, will allow you to safely move the fan and count the teeth in one revolution by slight finger pressure on the check pawl.

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Post Tue. Jan. 25, 2011 9:59 pm

Thanks!

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Post Sat. Feb. 05, 2011 6:20 pm

Or you can loosen the cover plate screw /thump screw slide the plate all the way towards the back covering the teeth then slide it back slowly counting the teeth on the way back when running watch figures around drum gear and drive paw

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