The Bairmatic - Van Wert Project

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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. Apr. 03, 2017 7:52 pm

You guys are starting to get to know me a little to well! :oops:

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both
Location: Jonestown,Pa.17038

Post Mon. Apr. 03, 2017 8:44 pm

The only remedy I can think of that would help you to keep the same unit going in your house more than 1 yr. would be for you to help other folks install theirs,just like you helped coalkirk with his. (smile)

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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 Sun. Apr. 09, 2017 7:15 pm

Meter reading today was, 3139.8 - 3120.1 = 19.7 hours, 2.8 hours per day over the past 7 days. 28.0 pound per day. Feed rate is still set at 10 pounds per hour. That is really good! Mostly mild days. The first half of the coming week is forecast to be 70's and 80's,Yuk!
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Coal bin raking is still a once a week affair. When it gets down to a few days, it will be time for the barrel.
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-Don

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby clone
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Penn
Location: RI

Post Mon. Apr. 10, 2017 12:47 pm

Are you getting domestic hot water from this? 28 lbs/day must be close to the minimum amount of use.

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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. Apr. 10, 2017 7:22 pm

David... wrote:Are you getting domestic hot water from this? 28 lbs/day must be close to the minimum amount of use.

David
Yes! last Summer it ran between 18 and 22 pounds per day to heat DHW.

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Post Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 8:54 am

I would think with insulation you could get by with less coal?

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Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat
Other Heating: Utica Propane Hot Water Baseboard
Location: Western NY

Post Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 10:35 am

Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown-19-1-2-in-x-4-in-Aluminum-Placer-AP753/202401264

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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 Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 7:18 pm

David... wrote:I would think with insulation you could get by with less coal?

David
The current plan is to install my VA-600 down here with some good insulation under the covers.
Olllotj wrote:Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown-19-1-2-in-x-4-in-Aluminum-Placer-AP753/202401264
I will have to see if I can find one of those. It looks like it would work great for rice coal raking. I currently use a stone rake. I had a heck of a time finding one down here. It works well but some coal escapes through the top teeth.

-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 Sun. Apr. 16, 2017 7:11 pm

Meter reading today was, 3154.8 - 3139.8 = 15.0 hours, 2.1 hours per day over the past 7 days. 21.4 pound per day. Wow, that's Summer time coal usage! Highs have been in the 60's and 70's all week, today it was 86, Yuk!
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Raked the coal pile.
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Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck
Other Heating: Slant Fin electric boiler backup
Location: Malta N.Y.

Post Sun. Apr. 16, 2017 8:24 pm

Olllotj wrote:Don,

I'm not sure what you use to rake, but I've found these work great, it's called a concrete placer. I found a nicer one from a local masons supply.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Marshalltown-19-1-2-in-x-4-in-Aluminum-Placer-AP753/202401264
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They do work great! I have one that a New Jersey mason laborer gave me. He calls it a "come along". I use it for coal deliveries. It makes raking effortless.

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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 Sun. Apr. 23, 2017 6:51 pm

Scottscoaled wrote:They do work great! I have one that a New Jersey mason laborer gave me. He calls it a "come along". I use it for coal deliveries. It makes raking effortless.
I will have to find me one of those. I bet it makes less coals dust than my stone rake. Probably quicker than the stone rake to.

Meter reading today was, 3170.7 - 3154.8 = 15.9 hours, 2.27 hours per day over the past 7 days. 22.7 pound per day. That's pretty dern low!
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Did the raking. Looks like we will be able to rack for a few more weeks before we go back to the barrel.
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Coal usage will probably be low this coming weeks to. The second half of the week is forecast to be in the 80's.

-Don

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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 Sun. Apr. 30, 2017 8:44 pm

Meter reading today was, 3183.8 - 3170.7 = 13.1 hours, 1.87 hours per day over the past 7 days. 18.7 pound per day. Summer is here, there won't be many heat calls now, only DHW calls.
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Raked the bin.
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We're doing the ashes once a week now.
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Here's my stone rake. I will be on the look out for one of those things like Scott has. For now, I may just attach something to this.
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-Don

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 7:44 pm

Don,
You won't regret the concrete placer.

40* and windy here. The keystoker is still chugging away in the basement.

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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 Wed. May. 03, 2017 7:22 pm

Olllotj wrote:40* and windy here. The keystoker is still chugging away in the basement.
For down here, this will be the first week in a long time that there is not one 70 or 80 degree day in the forecast.

-Don

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Post Thu. May. 04, 2017 9:17 pm

Just when I start bragging about it chugging along, I let it run out of coal, and had to relight for the first time since September ! :lol:

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