Woohoo!!! My Coal Gun Has Arrived!!!

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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Post Wed. Feb. 16, 2011 10:48 pm

I wish I was on this site years ago. The opinions are priceless, just like the money we are saving. Can you imagine asking questions of your challenges and getting soo many free answers :!:

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Post Wed. Feb. 16, 2011 10:59 pm

I'm excited for you.......... I know exactly how you feel. Oliver

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S260 Boiler
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 5:56 am

I'm upgrading my system to a coal boiler this summer too. So far I'm leaning towards the new Leisure Line 110; or, a Keystoker KA-6. What's the typical dealer price for a new AHS-130?

Thanks in advance...
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 8:29 am

The dealer price is not known, but you can call Ben at AHS and he will quote your specs. The sale is just over I think, ended the 15th. 7K would be a good round number for a baseline 130.
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 11:10 am

Thank You lsayre for all the great info you gave me in the PM. :D

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)
Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 6:52 pm

I must say thank you to all of you who are sharing in my boiler project for your encouragement, support, technical assistance, and enthusiasm. This forum is fantastic, and the people who participate on it are also!!!

As is my habit I have just thought of another question: The S130 Coal Gun has returns on both sides. To maintain uniform boiler temperature would it be wise to send the return to both sides simultaneously, or can one return safely be capped off?
-Larry

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 7:29 pm

lsayre wrote:I must say thank you to all of you who are sharing in my boiler project for your encouragement, support, technical assistance, and enthusiasm. This forum is fantastic, and the people who participate on it are also!!!

As is my habit I have just thought of another question: The S130 Coal Gun has returns on both sides. To maintain uniform boiler temperature would it be wise to send the return to both sides simultaneously, or can one return safely be capped off?
Using one is common and should not be a problem but the "proper" way is both returns be plumbed.
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 7:34 pm

If you do connect both returns, keep clearance to remove the asher, I believe it would be like an axeman. The stove pipe side may see more heat, if you do 1 return, that may be the best side.

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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 8:14 pm

Read the manual, I believe it says to install a boiler drain in the unused return port.

-Rob

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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 8:33 pm

Good Luck with it , from what I hear your going to love it !!! P.S. I ordered my ahs-130 last week !! :D :D :D
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 8:33 pm

markviii wrote:Read the manual, I believe it says to install a boiler drain in the unused return port.

-Rob
That would be a handy way of handling the boiler drain situation.
-Larry

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Post Thu. Feb. 17, 2011 8:48 pm

You always want a drain, preferably at the lowest point in the system. On my Axeman, I have one return plugged and the one that feeds has a drain.
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Post Fri. Feb. 18, 2011 12:38 am

Summer installation project? whaaaa?

We have done our part here on the forum, sooooo......get moving on this project. We need periodic progress pics too.

Late spring? That is simply unacceptable. :no1: :nono: :down: :chop:
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Post Fri. Feb. 18, 2011 7:52 am

lsayre wrote: As is my habit I have just thought of another question: The S130 Coal Gun has returns on both sides. To maintain uniform boiler temperature would it be wise to send the return to both sides simultaneously, or can one return safely be capped off?
And as habit -- Ill annoy you with my advice. Contrary to others, maybe even factory - I have found piping both returns works slightly better to keep the vessel from stratifying in the corners. NOW, be sure to make both of these branches EXACTLY the same length and configuration, so the flow in each branch is the same. Do this in a way so your not tripping on the pipe or having it in your way for service. To handle the drain aspect - use a tee as the last fitting to each return port and put a drain in at least one. Some applications simply don't allow both to be pipes due to space considerations, but "It Depends". Use pipe and fittings THE SAME SIZE as the boiler tapping. If you don not use both - Don't just jam a f-in plug in one - use at least a 3 inch nipple with a cap, or a nipple and turn down a reducing elbow as to place the drain so liquid is not trapped behind the bushing.

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