New (to Me) Axeman 260

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 Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 8:55 am

Just reread the entire thread and all I can say is wow. You certainly a man with a vision. I can't wait to see the final operational post.

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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 2:22 pm

Thanks Smoker! It is certainly a work in progress. I just had my HVAC man over here going over some particulars so I feel it is getting closer and closer to lighting it up each day.

By the way, your Hitzer setup looks great.

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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 3:19 pm

Here are some pics of the installation process of the new style flange that I had installed earlier this year. I thought I had posted the pics before, but I had not. I felt they were interesting enough to add and seeing that forum member McGiever was contemplating the job felt it would be beneficial to post.

The procedure consists of essentially 'moving' the hole for the coil approximately 3/4 an inch upwards in the boiler. This required a simple rectangular piece cut out from the top of the opening and a similar size piece welded to the bottom of the opening. The studs that remained were cut off and the holes welded up. The new flange was then welded onto the new, higher up opening. I had an "R" stamp welder come to the house to do the job.

As you can see, the new flange sticks out from the boiler several inches. This whole change over was to facilitate not having to deal with the studs in the future when gasket removal is needed. Because the flange flairs outward, away from the boiler, it has bolts instead of studs. The new bolts that attach the face flange to the boiler side flange are not in contact with water, as were the old style studs. Was it needed? I don't know. Although the boiler I bought was neglected in that the gasket leaked and was not repaired in a timely manner hence causing corrosion to the face of the boiler where the flange mounted, I believe it was not severe enough to warrant the repair/retrofit. I decided to change to the new style simply because I was in the rebuild process anyway, and I might as well handle it now while the unit was easily accessible etc.

The last (bottom) pic is the boiler before doing any work.
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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 3:27 pm

Here is the flange welded on.

And, finally, Cotter Pin giving his yowl of approval!
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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 3:55 pm

at coon hound doesn't seem to be liking all the noise you've been making. :clap: toothy Looks like you're coming along just fine my friend. ;)
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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 4:01 pm

Fred, that's funny. He is a working coon dog. If I say the word "Coon" he goes crazy because he thinks he's going to hunt! He's a heck of a crooner too!!! I should've named him Frank Sinatra.
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Post Mon. Nov. 07, 2011 4:28 pm

He looks like a coal hound to me.

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Post Fri. Nov. 11, 2011 11:55 am

Boiler into basement day!!!!

Well, with the help of some close friends, a John Deere tractor and some well placed 6"X6" beams, I managed to get the boiler section into my steep and deep cellar and onto it's base. The tractor was helpful from the garage to the basement stairs but from there on it was good old muscle power to finish it off.

This step has really taken a load off my mind (and my back!). I can now take the necessary steps to finish it off with the near boiler piping and coal bin design.

I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of install questions soon enough regarding controls etc.
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Post Fri. Nov. 11, 2011 12:33 pm

Was it necessary to involve the police, I hope their were no laws broken in the matter :lol: :lol:

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Post Fri. Nov. 11, 2011 2:06 pm

AA130, seems the neighbors were frightened by the shear 'beastiness' (as Freddy would put it) of the Axeman Anderson and called the cops. So I made a deal with the neighbors. Told them I'd pipe some hot water and heat their place if they'd drop the breach of peace charges. They agreed. It all seems to work out when you're working with coal!

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Post Sat. Nov. 12, 2011 3:04 pm

Hey Steve, I'm pretty sure it's about time for you to post a photo of the fire burning?? You know a view through the oval inspection port showing that big fire with the blue flames? :lol:

Here, I'll post one so you can get the idea:
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Gotta love those clean blue flames
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Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Post Sat. Nov. 12, 2011 5:24 pm

Dang! Is that what that big hole is for??? Ok, now that I know which end the fire goes in I'll get right on it. Greg, once again, your advise is invaluable.

Now, can you explain to us in as many word how you fly those big planes???
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Post Sat. Nov. 12, 2011 6:50 pm

Good lookin fridge Bro and excellent install! Looks olike things are going well! Love it when a plan comes together! ;)

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Post Sun. Nov. 13, 2011 10:14 am

Sure Steve: pull back on the stick, and the houses get smaller, push forward on the stick, the houses get bigger.

There, that's it in one sentance.. :lol: :shock: :D

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Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Post Sun. Nov. 13, 2011 10:19 am

Now, back on subject.

Have you started to hook up the steam piping? Got any of the boiler controls mounted and wired together?

How's the coal supply and storage coming along? Did you figure out where and how you'll store your Pea or Buck coal??

Greg L

Any recent photos?
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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