AHS S130 Coalgun- Puffbacks & Explosions

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lsayre
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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Tue. Dec. 10, 2013 5:40 am

Has the add-on timer control unit that moderates ashing changed things for anyone? Are things better?

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Location: central Pa

Post Wed. Dec. 11, 2013 9:48 am

lsayre wrote:Has the add-on timer control unit that moderates ashing changed things for anyone? Are things better?
I hate to talk about the "Ka boom" word as my daughter calls it, but I have been boom free for three weeks . :D And even with the up and down temps and strange weather we have been having in central Pa all has been well. I have been in the shop a good bit on weekends and never heard a hint or burp from the boiler. The boiler runs a little more and I have less un-burnt coal in the mild days when the temp went in the 60*s then plunged down in the teens . So far so good!
Mac

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Post Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 1:31 pm

wish I could say the same, I found my tombstone cover half off this morning and the flap door bent up

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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 2:30 pm

dchartt wrote:wish I could say the same, I found my tombstone cover half off this morning and the flap door bent up
Did you apply the timer modification?

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Post Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 10:39 am

No I havent been on here since last winter, I saw something about it somewhere but haven't looked into it yet, didnt think Id have to modify my boiler myself to make it safe

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Post Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 3:17 pm

dchartt wrote:No I havent been on here since last winter, I saw something about it somewhere but haven't looked into it yet, didnt think Id have to modify my boiler myself to make it safe
GOOD POINT
Automakers don't/wouldn't offer their customers kits to purchase and install themselves to fix the automaker's operational design flaws.

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Post Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 5:45 pm

im sure someone will chime in and tell me its the coal im burning or my draft isnt good enough...i would trade this coal gun for a hand fed wood/coal tomorrow...thats my 2 cents, I have a hand fed stove in my barn also burning same coal and pulling a great draft with no problems, and yes I had puffbacks in the coalgun way before I installed the stove, and yes my fire height is perfect and everything has been cleaned and maintained, short stack 85% straight up, I love this boiler except for that, its runs fine but hey its always in the back of my head shes gonna let a big one out someday, and no Im not installing all kinds of gadgetry to make this thing run right thats insanity I didnt spend that kind of money so I could spend my time modifying, ahs oughta give the stuff out for free with an apology,had to vent guys sorry

wonder what they think when they see, last post : coalgun puffbacks and explosions everytime they get on this site

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Post Sun. Dec. 15, 2013 8:30 pm

dchartt wrote:Im not installing all kinds of gadgetry to make this thing run right thats insanity I didnt spend that kind of money so I could spend my time modifying, ahs oughta give the stuff out for free with an apology
dchart,

I understand your frustration. I have been tinkering with my AHS 130 for 8 years trying to get rid of the explosions. Right now, my boiler is running the best (safest) it has run since installed. I had to make modifications to get to this point and I'm still not convinced the problem is solved. BUT, I can't let the explosions happen without trying stop them. I need to protect my house and family. I agree that AHS should help us all solve the explosion problem without added costs. Have you talked the AHS? I did and now things are better. Just a thought and I've been where you are with the frustration and disgust.

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Post Mon. Dec. 16, 2013 3:33 am

Im sorry but ill scrap this thing before I tinker for 8 years after spending 7 grand, no offense

Yes I talked to them a year or two ago and got no where and got farther on my own so I started to believe I knew more about their product than they did....im sorry guys but thats why I really don't grt on here much this post reminds me of it and I try and forget haha...my boiler is in my barn and theres insurance on it all so whatever, but I do keep up with it im not that kind of guy who just puts coal in the hopper and walks away, id probably take it a lot more serious if it was in my basement and feel bad for the guys who have theirs down there and have to deal with it

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Post Mon. Dec. 16, 2013 8:26 am

In case some folks have missed the announcement, I'd like to repeat that the company has had a change in ownership. One result of this is that we will take support more seriously. I am sorry that folks have found that part of the customer/business relationship lacking.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 8:43 am

I wanted to let everyone know that the boiler has been running great since the timer modification on the grate motor. I have been in my shop a good bit over the last month and as everyone in Pa is aware the temperature has been up and down the last couple of weeks. I have not had any burps or bangs from the boiler or even heard the slightest hint of a poof out of the burn chamber during on or off cycle. The elves are pleased and warm both in the shop and the house. :) :)

Merry Christmas ,
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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 8:47 am

macdabs wrote:I wanted to let everyone know that the boiler has been running great since the timer modification on the grate motor. I have been in my shop a good bit over the last month and as everyone in Pa is aware the temperature has been up and down the last couple of weeks. I have not had any burps or bangs from the boiler or even heard the slightest hint of a poof out of the burn chamber during on or off cycle. The elves are pleased and warm both in the shop and the house. :) :)

Merry Christmas ,
Mac
The new owners of AHS must be congratulated for solving this issue! Well done!!!

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 9:18 am

macdabs wrote:I wanted to let everyone know that the boiler has been running great since the timer modification on the grate motor. I have been in my shop a good bit over the last month and as everyone in Pa is aware the temperature has been up and down the last couple of weeks. I have not had any burps or bangs from the boiler or even heard the slightest hint of a poof out of the burn chamber during on or off cycle. The elves are pleased and warm both in the shop and the house. :) :)

Merry Christmas ,
Mac
Would you please post the details about the "timer modification" as well as the settings that finally are working for you?

Thank you.

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 9:55 am

lsayre wrote:
macdabs wrote:I wanted to let everyone know that the boiler has been running great since the timer modification on the grate motor. I have been in my shop a good bit over the last month and as everyone in Pa is aware the temperature has been up and down the last couple of weeks. I have not had any burps or bangs from the boiler or even heard the slightest hint of a poof out of the burn chamber during on or off cycle. The elves are pleased and warm both in the shop and the house. :) :)

Merry Christmas ,
Mac
The new owners of AHS must be congratulated for solving this issue! Well done!!!
That is GREAT news!!!! SO happy for you. Merry Christmas!! NWB

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Post Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 10:34 am

We know we still have work to do. Stay humble. Work hard. Work smart. The best never rest. ;)

Merry Christmas to all!

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