The 900 Has Left the Building

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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Pacowy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite
Location: Dalton, MA

Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 12:00 am

We said goodbye today to the 1962 EFM 900 that did such an excellent job of heating, providing year-round DHW and basically civilizing our "old house", a drafty 4850+ SF Victorian in the Berkshires. The extraction went smoothly enough that I even had time to take a few pics. For those keeping score, the boiler, base and stoker on a 900 weigh in at over 2100 lb total, so considerable care was taken. A couple of wood stair treads took some accelerated depreciation, but overall it went very well.

Mike
Heading for Exit.JPG
In the Doorway.JPG
Off the Base.JPG
Up the Stairs.JPG
Daylight.JPG
On Truck.JPG
On Truck 2.JPG

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whistlenut
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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 Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 7:45 am

You picked a warm time to remove the Beast. Hopefully she'll make someone else forget about winter next fall. No skin lost? I'm proud of you! Quality never goes out of style!
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SMITTY
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 7:54 am

I need to make a hole like that in my basement. Would make life soooo much easier!!

I'll be outside today in direct sun rebuilding a transfer case in a '88 Trooper. Great day for that - what's the forecast? 96°today? toothy
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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 Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 8:23 am

It looks like everyone was well prepared for the extraction...but it isn't the first for that crew. A 900 makes a 520 look like a toy.

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Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 8:31 am

Hum, I was thinking that my Sunnyside was a heavy stove at about 450 :lol:
Nice job :!:

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Pacowy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
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Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 9:37 am

whistlenut wrote:You picked a warm time to remove the Beast. Hopefully she'll make someone else forget about winter next fall. No skin lost? I'm proud of you! Quality never goes out of style!
Legend has it that once upon a time this 900 was yours, and that you get credit for the pick-up points on the top. We tried having guys carry it out like Cleopatra, but that didn't work so good. :lol: We must've been doing it wrong.

Mike

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Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 9:47 am

Rob R. wrote:It looks like everyone was well prepared for the extraction...but it isn't the first for that crew. A 900 makes a 520 look like a toy.
Dave O'Neil gets credit for the smooth extraction; without his experience (and crane :D ) this would have been a lot hairier.

Mike

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Rob R.
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Location: Chazy, NY

Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 10:01 am

I have never moved a 900, but I like to brag that 5 of us put my 520 boiler on the base by hand. I never would have attempted it on my own, but Dave O'Neil coached us and it went smooth.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
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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 Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 6:29 pm

The guy that welded those attachment points to the top of that boiler must have been sick of factory idiots sending out something that heavy with NO F....ing way to rig it. Hmmmmmm.
I recognize the rigging and a crane in the background....and I'm guessing that was not his first trip to the 'Rodeo', either. You don't have to tell him to 'Cowboy-UP', he's been to more Rodeos' than I knew existed!

A recommendation to everyone who has to move a heavy rig....WELD something ...balanced to the unit. More than one hook is OK.
Sure, we all use or have used the piping ports, but 1000 lbs near my hand, legs or feet needs to more than 2.5 turns on a 1" nipple......Common sense , not trajectory research.
Hopefully she is on her way to a happy home.....and she looked good on the truck and ready for a ride!. :D :idea:
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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 Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 9:39 pm

Don't you just love the way Dave rigs his straps? Every time I got something from him or vicea versa he would rig these straps up and they would be held together with a zillion cleavises. All kinds of funky connecter thingys and it would come down to one little one holding it all together. Look at the picture and you can see what I'm talking about. :lol:

By the way Mike, what is going down the hole??????????
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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Pacowy
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Post Thu. Jun. 21, 2012 10:36 pm

A tiny 2009 HB Smith gas-fired unit rated at 250k. Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
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Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Fri. Jun. 22, 2012 5:55 am

I felt the Earth move.
Orrington, Maine
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Scottscoaled
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520, 700, Van Wert 800 GJ 61,53
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Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Fri. Jun. 22, 2012 6:40 am

Pacowy wrote:A tiny 2009 HB Smith gas-fired unit rated at 250k. Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike
Bet you throw that little guy down the hole with one hand after muscling the beast out. Pure child's play. :)
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: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
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Post Fri. Jun. 22, 2012 9:03 pm

Pacowy wrote:Among the 99% of home buyers around here who aren't familiar with coal, the reliance of the house on coal heat wasn't helping the marketing.

Mike
I figure that if we ever move our coal boiler is coming along with us, since with only 30 families officially heating their homes with coal in our Ohio county (out of roughly 46,000 single family homes) it will not be something that will have them tripping over each other and knocking the doors down to be first in line to buy the place.
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