Bad Sulfur Smell Auger Pipe Rusted Out

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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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 12:54 pm

Woke up with bad sulfur smell. I never had this problem befor,so I covered my 55 gal drum with ply wood and set a cinder block on top of it. A few mins later saw the smoke and found the auger pipe to the drum was rusted. My question is. Does anyone know what size pipe this is, looks like 2inch. Can I buy this at the plumbing store? Is there a better type of pipe that might last longer? This was a used stoker I put in 7years ago,so who knows how old the pipe was. It does get coverd with coal when I fill up the coal bin.Thanks for any help Rick

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 1:07 pm

2" schedule 40. You can use steel, aluminum, or stainless. The lifespan and cost goes in the same order.

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 2:13 pm

If you need an interim fix until you have time to make a proper repair you can make a "sleeve" out of something like a soda can and hold it in place with a couple of band clamps. Don't forget the pot end of the pipe has a notch and pattern of holes that you should try to duplicate on the new pipe.

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 2:51 pm

Would anyone have a picture or be able to explain how that notch and holes look on the the side of the new pipe that goes into the coupler. My old pipe is pretty rusted, the only thing I can see is it looks like the end to the coupler was cut on a 45 angle,i guess the new pipe has to be that way?

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 3:09 pm

Have to update my last post.The pipe i.m replacing is from the coal bin to the coupler.are there any notches or holes on that pipe,or is it straight on both sides. I am aware that the pot side is notched and has has holes,but this is the other side. Thanks Rick

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 5:44 pm

My bad for assuming you ran the short auger into the drum. No holes or notches needed beyond the coupling.

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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 7:49 pm

Inside the pipe coupler, be sure that the ends of the pipe are 90 degree cuts and butt tightly together. My buddy was short on money and he used Sch. 40 PVC from the coupler to the bin. Been over a year now. Of course, I don't recommend this.
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Post Sat. Mar. 23, 2013 8:11 pm

Any 2" pipe will work.....especially in an emergency. 2" pipe rails used in submersible pumps applications are stainless, and usually they ship 20 footers and most applications take 12' to 14', so there is always at least two cut-offs 6 or 7' long.
As Stokerman says: ALWAYS make the butt splice cut a true 90 degree cut. Close enough is NOT good enough in this application. Check in with a metal fab shop, who knows.... :!: :!: :!:
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