Yellow Flame, A Christmas Stoker Boiler

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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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sun. Jan. 19, 2014 9:51 pm

Those damn unions always leak. Drain, unscrew the collar and wrap the hell out of it with teflon tape and then tighten them tighter then you think they should be. :P
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 8:30 am

At 0800 this morning pressure is down from 15 PSI to 12 PSI. The bucket under the leak in the return is about 1/3 of the way full. I hope thats were my 3 PSI went! The leak in the union has stopped, one less thing to worry about. Time to get out ther and take some pipe apart.

-Don

WOW! 20 pages! I should have called this thread " Everything you ever wanted to know about the Yellow Flame 3 grate stoker, but were afraid to ask".
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by lighting something on fire.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 2:04 pm

FIRST FIRE!!!
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First Fire!
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First Fire!
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First Fire!
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First Fire!
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First Fire!
In the time it took to right this, the boiler came up to 170 degrees and the aquastat shut it off, like it should!

Now I need to figure out where the timer wires get hooked to.

-Don
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 2:19 pm

Beeeaaautiful !! :dancing:

Way to go StokerDon....Fantastic job!

What draft are you seeing with that fired up?
I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
The EPA just loves me!!

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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 Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 2:31 pm

That fire looks pretty wild!

Once you get a load on it and let it stoke for at least 30 minutes, take note of how much ash is on the grate compared to the air holes. You want the fire to stop just before the last set of air holes on the grate.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 3:08 pm

I'll worry about the Manometer readings later.

YAH!!! That is WILD look'in!
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First Fire!
I had to slap together a temp coal bin. I gotta go out and get some more coal for it. This thing might just use a little more coal than the Alaska!
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Temp bin
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Temp bin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 3:17 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! :cheers:
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
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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 Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 3:57 pm

I can feel the heat from here! :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Thanks guys,

I just went out and got coal.

There ya go, about 800 pounds worth!
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The blowers are blow'in, the boiler is maintaing 170-180, I have the one garage door open and it's 68 degrees in here!

-Don
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 5:18 pm

StokerDon wrote:I'll worry about the Manometer readings later.
just make sure you're not pushin' in more air than you are sending out the chimney... you don't want it coming out somewhere it isn't supposed to! Got that CO monitor??
I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
The EPA just loves me!!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 5:52 pm

I just hung my old CO detector from an extesion cord down about a foot off the floor, just in case. That is a real worry, it's just a 6"x14 foot chimney. That blower can put a lot of CFM into the firebox and those doors don't have any kind of seal on them, gravity holds the fire door closed, the ash door has a latch.
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Doors
I hope it will maintain a fire without the timer, I don't know when I will get around to hook'in that up.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood
Location: PA, Southern York County!

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 6:18 pm

I would again like to thank everyone who has helped out with information support. I'm very suprized that it is one month to the day that I loaded this boiler in the back of my truck, and now, with all of your help it is fired up and running!

1 month ago.
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Pickup
Today
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First fire
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First fire
Thank you all very much.

-Don
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 6:24 pm

Give yourself some credit, it's real easy to sit behind a keyboard and spout out advice, you did all the hard work!

It looks great!!!
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal
Location: Forest Hill MD

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 6:58 pm

Man that's got to be a forum record for buying, refurbing and firing of an old boiler. You are the man! Congrats! I notice you said there are no seals on the doors. I would assume there used to be and should be seals?
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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 7:04 pm

Agreed...has to be a record!
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
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