Stoker Coal Boiler That Would Best Meet My Needs

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.
Northern Maine
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Stove/Furnace Make: CENTRAL Boiler CL-5648
Stove/Furnace Model: CL-5648
Location: Aroostok County, Easton, Maine

Post Thu. Nov. 15, 2012 10:57 am

Just talked to my coal supplier and they have not carried "soft coal" for a few years now...but would check to see how much it would be per ton to haul up here...and they stated it would Definitely be cheaper than hard coal. My question now is can AA, EFM, Keystoker, etc. burn soft coal? Just curious!

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lsayre
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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. Nov. 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Only EFM boilers can burn bit coal. But it has to be sized properly, and to my knowledge most bit is sold as lump coal. The lump that I've seen around where I live is huge chunks, some being 2 to 3 times larger than footballs.
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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. Nov. 15, 2012 1:17 pm

I don't know about a 520 (due to its fairly small auger tube size), but I think the bigger EFM's can handle "stoker bit". There is info from tests of EFM's burning bit and sub-bit from different sources in the EFM section.

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Northern Maine
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Posts: 681
Joined: Sat. Nov. 10, 2012 6:12 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: CENTRAL Boiler CL-5648
Stove/Furnace Model: CL-5648
Location: Aroostok County, Easton, Maine

Post Fri. Nov. 16, 2012 5:46 am

My brother is sold on the Portage and Main unit...I need to convince him we can have the same results with another used/refurbished product for a much better price/design/history. With this in mind...I may very well go on my own with a unit to heat "just"my home and burn only 3 tons a year. Thoughts!?

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331camaro
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker k6
Coal Size/Type: rice
Location: springville, ny

Post Sun. Nov. 18, 2012 11:46 am

i would have no fear in buying a used unit giving that it looks like its in decent shape. maybe bring hardware to plug all pipe holes and pressure test unit if its not up and running. all of these boilers are built extremely well. if did it over again I don't think I would buy new, theres a considerable amount of savings on a used unit. there are a couple boilers in the classifieds right now for about half of what they cost new. I would get in touch with member glenn harris, he is always posting used efms, and keystokers. im sure he can find you the right sized unit at a great price. good luck!

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