This Stoker Is Just Sooo Bad!!!

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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ricoman2737
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat
Other Heating: Lennox Fuel Oil boiler as a backup
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Cincinnatus, NY 13040 (Cortland Co.)

Post Sun. Nov. 06, 2011 8:33 pm

- Ok you guys rub it in. It only took a year to get this big blue beast going. It was well worth the wait. I'd like to thank the following folks for their hands on help their words of encouragement and advice. vanwertboilers - "Arnie"; scrapper_jr23 - "Steve and Ann Marie"; coal berner - "J.C"; markviii - "Rob"; Riley Closson. And Dave O'Neil for selling me the EFM DF520. I hope I haven't left anybody out.

This was a great learning process for me and I met a lot of great people along the way. Again thanks to all of you - John

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Scottscoaled
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sun. Nov. 06, 2011 8:39 pm

Hey John,,,,,,, you are going to post pictures aren't you :lol: :lol: :P :P
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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Scottscoaled
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 8:44 am

Just had to throw out an update. Progress hooking up the beast has been slowwww :( Seems like I have hooked up boilers for the entire northeast and forgot mine :) So the last two weekends have been devoted to getting off the skeiks list of contributors. Seems like there is never enough or the right parts to do it. Last night I battled with the 1"Pex-al-pex to hook the boiler into the rest of the system. The stuff is not as easy to work with as soldering copper.
Progress stalled to a halt when I plugged in the stoker to check it out. There was little air flow out the pot so after taking off the fan assembley and checking in there, the whole fan stoker had to be pulled off to find the blockage. A family of chipmunks had turned the neck of the stoker into there own little Tag Mahal! Man they had so much insulation and seeds stuffed in there that it filled half a five gallon pail. :D Well, today is the rest of the Pex and some control wiring and then the startup. :D Maybe by tonight we will be easing down the coal road :D
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 8:49 am

When I finished pressurizing that DF520 last night I wondered how you were making out. The race is on...

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Scottscoaled
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Joined: Tue. Jan. 08, 2008 9:51 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Tue. Dec. 06, 2011 10:36 pm

Started it up tonight. Mannnnnnnn! This boiler is just soooo badass :lol: It is quiet, burns fuel economically, and has power to spare. I'll post pictures soon. I took a couple videos and hopefully can figure out how to upload. A great machine just came together. YEAH BABY!!!!! :D
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:14 pm

I am helping Scott out with the video posting, here goes:


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Scottscoaled
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:25 pm

Thanks Rob! When are you posting pics of your uncles? :)
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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whistlenut
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Joined: Sat. Mar. 17, 2007 6:29 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB
Location: Central NH, Concord area

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:33 pm

Nice presentation!!!! You are a regular Dirk Diggler!!!!! I know the stokers are a hobby, but you truly love playing with them don't you?! Any more GJ's in the back room? If you were up in Fellows Balls for the weekend, I could meet you and exchange an AA for the crusty ole GJ. How did you get Rob to pull that one off? Case back on this season? ...or are you goin' "Commando" this season? Jeddo has had some good reports from members.....time for bed you ole f...rt! :idea: :!: :shock:
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Rob R.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:34 pm

Scottscoaled wrote:Thanks Rob! When are you posting pics of your uncles? :)
When there is fire in it. :) Right now it is just a boiler with pipe fittings and beer bottles sitting on the top.

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Scottscoaled
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Joined: Tue. Jan. 08, 2008 9:51 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:50 pm

whistlenut wrote:Nice presentation!!!! You are a regular Dirk Diggler!!!!! I know the stokers are a hobby, but you truly love playing with them don't you?! Any more GJ's in the back room? If you were up in Fellows Balls for the weekend, I could meet you and exchange an AA for the crusty ole GJ. How did you get Rob to pull that one off? Case back on this season? ...or are you goin' "Commando" this season? Jeddo has had some good reports from members.....time for bed you ole f...rt! :idea: :!: :shock:
DANG!!!!! I got to get me some of that. Whatever it is you are on. You just aren't natural. Must be why they keep spotting you up on Plum Island :lol: :P
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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Scottscoaled
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Joined: Tue. Jan. 08, 2008 9:51 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 9:52 pm

It always good when the bottles are full. But they get too warm fer my taste if the boilers runnin :lol:
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 10:22 pm

Nice!!! I love coal....
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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whistlenut
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Joined: Sat. Mar. 17, 2007 6:29 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB
Location: Central NH, Concord area

Post Sun. Dec. 11, 2011 7:32 am

Glad it's Sunday, I'm going to be polite. Seriously Scotty, you have a destiny awaiting ewe with a 1300 EFM. Man-UP, and make Dirk Diggler proud. The 700 is like a can of sterno compared to the BIG BOY in the Jungle! Maybe Arnie will get you into a 4000 series Van Wert. Stop shaving your legs and strap on some SERIOUS BTU'S. PS: Good morning you ole dawg!
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a 'piece of human solid waste' by the clean end." More true today....

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Townsend
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck
Location: Connecticut

Post Fri. Jan. 20, 2012 9:30 am

Scott, nice video that Rob helped you with. Boiler looks great and glad you are happy with it.

How has the unit been performing this winter? How much coal are you using?

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Scottscoaled
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Joined: Tue. Jan. 08, 2008 9:51 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
Baseburners & Antiques: Magic Stewart 16, times 2!
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Fri. Jan. 20, 2012 5:36 pm

Well this was not one of my restoes. I just painted the outside of boiler and the base after it was sandblasted. I had a new base but decided to sell the base with one that was going on the market. The top was just a little rusted here and there from sitting around in a pile outside. A quick pass with the wire brush and some paint and it was back in business. The inside of the boiler was painted with the high temp paint. Not me. It took too long to burn off. It seemed to collect flyash and made a big layer. It started to really chew up the coal.I insulated it and I gave The heat transfer surfaces a good scrubbing with a wire brush. Then my coal consumption dropped off the edge of the table. I was running around 120# a day. Heck I'm down to 50# a day If warmer, 80# a day if colder. It is doing better than the old 520 that it replaced. Still havent worked the kinks out of it and it is heating an uninsulated barn. I still haven't taken the time to figure out if it would work better turning up the rate and letting it run hotter. It is really impressive on the higher heat settings. All the squeeking and sqwuallking noises have departed and it sounds real smooth, like the EFM's do :)
So how about you? Is the coal junky ready to buy a semi load yet? It never gets old opening up the door and watching the "caveman TV" :lol:
I think a man does what he can, untill his destiny is revealed. Right now that is trying to sell my EFM plate boilers in 520 and 700 sizes.

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