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chuckraes
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Post Sun. Dec. 16, 2012 8:11 pm

I have an efm af150,rice burner.i got a fresh load of coal,started the burner,had a good fire and it went out.no biggie. I started over, watched it, lookin good and started the feed. it seems to burn around the outside and fresh unburned coal pushes up, but doesnt burn.I cleaned the pot, unplugged a few holes started fresh and that keeps happening.whats wrong? I had the feed at 2 clicks, air on 3 tried pushing the air up to 4, nothing I do is working and i'm getting frustrated.pleeeease help.

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Post Sun. Dec. 16, 2012 8:43 pm

Welcome to the forum. Was your EFM running fine before this load of coal?

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Post Sun. Dec. 16, 2012 8:51 pm

Look up from underneath your burn pot and see if the fines cleanout is closed.

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Post Sun. Dec. 16, 2012 11:50 pm

Chuck

Where are you located ???

Perhaps someone is local to you and come by and brainstorm to resolve this issue................

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 5:43 am

Just worked on one with a similar problem. Turned out it was the fan housing. The area around the inside surface of the fan housing was filled with fine house dust. Cleaned out the dust and it runs like new. The owner had been having problems, but it reached a point suddenly where it wouldn't even keep kindling wood mixed with coal burning.

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 9:23 am

ya it worked great last year.i'm going to take the fan assy. apart today and see what I come up with.there seems to be a lot of fines when it gets to the pot,could that be a problem?

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 9:26 am

i'm in lyons,ny(near rochester) the fines cleanout is closed.

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 10:00 am

If your coal has a lot of fines, it will require additional air to get a proper burn pattern. It could be as simple as your new load of coal requires more air. But as long as you are troubleshooting....make sure that your auger & pipes are in good shape, and not grinding the coal. You should have 2-4 flights of auger sticking out of the pipe, and the pipes must fit tightly together in the coupler (no gaps). See if the auger flights in the pot are sharp...if so, the auger & pot bushing may need to be replaced.

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 10:31 am

Chuck,

I'll be headed to Lyons later today. Probably around 2 or 3. Headed to the range, would be glad to try and help.

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Post Mon. Dec. 17, 2012 11:35 am

that would be great,give me a call-3158797779

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Post Tue. Dec. 18, 2012 3:57 am

How did you make out? Sorry, work was busy. How did the burn go after I left? Losing air somewhere, I think a grate.

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Post Tue. Dec. 18, 2012 9:02 am

it worked great.the fire was good,flames up where they should be.i'm going to try to figure out where the air is leaking.thanks for helping.

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Post Tue. Dec. 18, 2012 10:44 am

Glad to hear it.

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