Shutting Down 520

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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Ed John
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Post Thu. Oct. 09, 2008 8:02 pm

Well just completed the installation of my new 520... everthing went great.... all fired up today... working as expected... Then it occured to me how do I shut this thing down ( put the fire out ) if I need to do some work on it or clean it out? I don't see this covered in the manual.... anyone have a procedure?

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Post Fri. Oct. 10, 2008 7:59 am

Shut off the power switch and let it go out ,or kill power and rake out pot if repairs are needed to pot.

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Post Fri. Oct. 10, 2008 8:14 am

The EFM is quite similar to my Van-Wert, it will burn for many hours after you shut it down and take quite a while to cool. Other than covering the fire pot with sand or something along those lines you can't just turn it off. Generally speaking we shut our off once a year for maintenance so its really not an issue to wait 5 or 5 hours to work on it.
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Post Fri. Oct. 10, 2008 8:49 pm

If I just shut off the power... will the fire slowly burn down in the pot and then proceed down the stoker tube? ... or will it just get smothered out?

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2008 8:58 am

Ed John,just turn the stoker off,the coal in the pot will just go out and end there. It wont keep burning into the coal tube. If you want to work on the stoker in a hurry before the pot goes out either rake out the coals into the ash tub or put a couple shovles of ashes onto the pot.No ill effects.

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2008 9:29 am

That's what I needed to know... thank you... this forum is great...

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2008 10:36 pm

You could also shut off the power, then use your crank and feed all the hot coals into the ash bucket.
Burning coal is definitely worth the extra work involved.
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