Using Pellets or Corn in a EFM 520 Coal 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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vermontday
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Location: Bennington, VT

Post Sat. Oct. 25, 2008 6:02 pm

It would be a great sales boost for EFM if they could develop their 520 unit to have the ability to burn the above, even if it is only a 50% mix with coal.

Not only would this spread out the available fuel options, it would put them in better standing with those that want to reduce fossil fuel consumption.
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Location: Near Owego, NY

Post Sat. Oct. 25, 2008 6:06 pm

With pellets in scarce supply and priced at $300/ton or more, I'm not sure this would be a great idea.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
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Post Sat. Oct. 25, 2008 6:11 pm

I agree right now it would not make economic sense. The two problems are that EFM's can last for 40 years and who knows what the government might tax or credit by then?

One gentleman the other day said he heard of farmers mixing 50% coal with 50% corn in their EFM.
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