Wet Coal in the EFM

Post Reply
Mark (PA)
Posts: 383
Joined: Thu. Feb. 28, 2008 9:40 am
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler
Location: South Central, PA

Post Wed. Jul. 23, 2008 8:34 pm

I am just curious about how Wet coal does in the EFM. I got 6 tons of rice coal the other day and have it by my coal bin. well we got some good rain storms today and the coal is pretty wet. I wondered if that would cause an issue with the furnace? my house is old and has an old fashion type coal bin. Stone foundation about 2' thick and block wall interior to make the bin. I am in the process of shoveling this coal in there, it was also some wet from the supplier... Being that it is wet like that will it cause an issue later this year when I start using the stoker? It keeps the dust down but I just don't want to put all the coal in there and have issues later with the auger or something? Thanks for the feedback! PS there is no wood in there so the water won't hurt that. just more concerned about if it will auger it in OK. I'll be using a 55 gallon barrel to feed into the stoker. maybe it'll dry out more in the barrel from the radiated heat? I don't know. Thanks guys.

Posts: 115
Joined: Sun. May. 18, 2008 2:53 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k
Location: NY./PA.border I 81

Post Wed. Jul. 23, 2008 8:58 pm

your wet coal will dry over time.not a big problem!it will be dry by the time you burn it if not it will not affect the fire any.should still burn just fine.if you don't get coal inside you should cover with a tarp to keep out any wanted matter leaves,cats also like their new found litter box :lol:

Visit Alternate Heating Sytems

User avatar
Posts: 1285
Joined: Fri. Feb. 16, 2007 10:31 am
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520
Location: western ny

Post Wed. Jul. 23, 2008 11:12 pm

the auger is at an angle so most of the excess water will drain back into the bin. I've burned coal that was sopping wet and it burned just as hot.

Post Reply

Return to “Stoker Coal Boilers Using Anthracite (Hydronic & Steam)”