Losch Boiler Update 3 Months After First Fire.

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman/EFM/losch
Stove/Furnace Model: mark III/?350 round nose/ 475
Location: scranton

Post Sat. Jan. 26, 2013 8:25 am

well I now have no doubt that the boiler can keep up with the coldest of winters in my house. I came home the other day and found the basement door wide open. :wtf: the wife left it open after leaving for work. opps?! :bang: this was on the day that the temp didn't get above 10 degrees. went through a but load of coal but the house was 73 to 74 except for the basement. :dancing:

over all average of coal used is less than the amount use buy the hand fired. and i'm getting all the DWH that I need. :beer:

did the first cleaning this morning. I didn't shut it down left it running through the cleaning. didn't have any problems cleaning her out. I did notice that there is a lot of fine ash in the boiler. after cleaning the ash vac witch was about 2/3 full. cleaning the stove pipe was easy. remove cap run brush and recap. the whole reason I cleaned her out was that I had noticed that the draft dropped form .05 to .03. I was getting a faint smell. the co detectors weren't reading any co but I had the smell . I think to be on the safe side that in the future I will clean her out every 1 1/2 ton.

coal to date just under 4 ton. still getting her set right. small adjustments. some adjustments don't show there true self for about 72 hours of running. she reminds me of my first car. if it didn't start it was time to adjust the points or replace them.

well off to jedo to get another ton or so. one of these days ill get the bigger coal bin built.
learning from your mistakes it what makes us wise. "wise enough not to do that again"

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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20
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Post Sat. Jan. 26, 2013 8:34 am


Congrats. Grab some joe and watch her burn just like the rest of us. Dont feel bad about the cellar door thing. Somtimes I open the window and see how fast I come back up to temp. Its kinda like lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.(cant get the trillion $ coin to light) it makes ya feel wealthy.... After the coffee wears off grab a beer and repeat. :D

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.
Location: Girardville Pa.

Post Sat. Jan. 26, 2013 10:12 am

I did the same thing day before yesterday.

I have a crawl space and a basement both with separate outside doors. I had put a heater in the crawlspace area because we had water lines to the washer freeze. I put an adapter into a light fixture and plugged a space heater into it. The fixture was one of those plastic jobs but, unbeknownst to me it was rated for only 660 watts, while the heater was rated at 1000 watts. It partly melted and shorted causing a fuse to blow putting 2/3rds of our new to us house in the dark. Researching it I kept going from one door to the other until I found the problem. I removed the offending fixture, replaced the fuse, power restored. Now I have to go through and check every connection and fixture and get that fuse panel out and split out loads on the circuits but that's a story for a different forum.

The stoker stove still had some glowing embers on the grate so when the power came back the stove fired back up and within a couple of hours it was toasty warm in the house again.

The next morning I am wondering why the kitchen and living room floor was so cold. It was +1 so I just figured it was the cold cold cold air outside. The little LL Econo1 stoker was firing at max with coals just a little over an inch from falling into the ash pan but it was keeping up with maintaining 72 in the living room. Yesterday afternoon I was outside and noticed the door to the basement was wide open. I had ice on the basement walls and the floor joists which instantly explained why the floor was so cold. When I found the problem I changed the blown fuse and by that time I was so cold I just wanted to get next to the stove. I forgot to check the basement door.

Like you, I now know our stoker stove will keep us warm during the coldest snaps, even when I screw up.

Rev. Larry
Rev. Larry
Ashland Pa.

1 John 1:9... If we sin and we confess that sin He is faithful and just and will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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