Coal Boiler Weights?

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Post Mon. Feb. 18, 2008 8:53 pm

Motorbike wrote:I'm not really worried about the size as I am with the weight. Just looking for ideas and seeing what others have done.
When I hear that these Boilers weigh 900lbs, I think damn thats alot of weight.
The AHS weight is listed as 875 lbs. I would expect you could reduce the total weight by at least 100 lbs. by removing the ash pit door, ash grate and one or more motors. I would also verify the exact weight of the S130 by calling AHS. The old Eshland spec sheets also list the weight as 875 lbs., when the boiler design include the A-A like coal auger. So perhaps the listed weight is not accurate.

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Post Mon. Feb. 18, 2008 9:26 pm

Since you still have the old oil boiler in the basement, did you ever consider putting in an outside cellar entrance. Then you could remove the old boiler, install the new boiler, take out ashes, or whatever you like. I know that this is an exspence, but I belive it would be worth it in the long run. If not you could pick up a chain fall (glorified block and tackle) at harbour freight or northern tool cheap enough, but you will need a good anchor point,the boiler you have chosen tips the scales at 975#. I installed one for a customer a fiew years back, we used planks and a truck, oh an a stone movers dolly. Good luck!


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Post Tue. Feb. 19, 2008 8:18 pm

The good news is it doesn't have to be done very often, sometimes a person will only move one boiler in their lifetime, many never do it. I hope that I never have to do it again, but it can be done. I got mine from my trailer into the basement which meant going down 7 steps by myself with nothing more than a $19.99 come-a-long and a 20' heavy-duty ratchet strap and a few hours. The trick is to go slow and make sure everything is secure and move anything breakable out of the way. I'll bet if you offer beer or wine or cash someone on here that lives nearby might come and help.

If you have the access, a gantry crane can be made or bought, or hire the local Goober the Junk Man with an old crane/winch style tow truck, I know theres at least one in every county.

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Post Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 6:23 am

If you are looking for strong bodies to help, here's a tip:

Do the Big Move on a hot Saturday. Pick up three of four cases of beer in various brands. Place these prominently on your porch along with a big tub of chipped ice with a few bottles nuzzling out. When the boiler shows up, you should have collected enough interested persons... :beer:

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Post Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 9:07 am

Just make sure the helpers don't get too deep into the beer BEFORE the boiler is downstairs.. safely :lol: :lol: :D :) :shock:

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