New Coal Boiler Successfully Working

If you are in need of a more conventional heating solution that requires no power look no further. Unlike an automated stoker boiler these units do not require power to generate heat. They can be set up wiith pumps like a typical boiler or a gravity fed sytem insuring heat during power failures. Models include many New Yorker coal boilers, EFM WCB-24 and others. Some of these units can also burn wood.
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JB Sparks
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman - Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Harman: SF160 - Chubby Sr.
Location: north central Mass.

Post Sun. Oct. 19, 2008 8:42 pm

Hello, I'm JB Sparks from north central Mass. Could not abide spending over $3000.00 for heating oil this winter so I decided to try coal. i'm trying coal because I figure everybody is going to switch to pellets making them expensive and hard to get.
the other reason is I have a hot water heating system and thought a boiler would work better for heating and hot water. Bought a Harman Trident SF160. Plumbed and wired it myself, being in the trades it wasn't to difficult. I have pictures i'd like to show you if I can figure out how to get them on this post. Puters are not my best game, electricity, plumbing, carpentry no problem, puters don't make common sence to me.
Well, fired-up the baby yesterday and let it run till it went out just to see how it would do. got 18 hours of useful heat. the temp around here yesterday and today was around 30* to 40*, Kept the house of 1800 sq.ft., 3 stories nice and toasty. the stack temp stayed around 100* after I learned to close down the air supply damper to keep it from getting to hot. That was a little scary at first, the water temp. went up to 212* and the dump zone came on and would only hold the temp. but would nt lower it. So I clamped it down and it just idled along at about 170* for the rest of the night till 11: Am the next day. So far i'm very pleased. The only thing I need to find out is how to keep the water temp from getting to high in these not too cold days.
i'd like to thank all of you for all your help you didn't know you were giving me. If it wasn't for this forum I dought if i'd be heating with coal right now. Special thanks to Richard for helping me with the registration.

JB

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billw
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY
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Post Sun. Oct. 19, 2008 8:48 pm

i'd like to thank all of you for all your help you didn't know you were giving me. If it wasn't for this forum I dought if i'd be heating with coal right now.
There are a lot of us in that situation. I lurked around here for quite a while before I saved the dinero to buy a boiler. These guys are great.

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JB Sparks
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman - Chubby
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Location: north central Mass.

Post Sun. Oct. 19, 2008 8:59 pm

Ya I figure this investment will pay for itself in one or two years. used to burn wood when the kids were young enough to help, but once they grew up and out that was the end of the wood burning, way to much work.
JB


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SemperFi
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu
Location: Western N.Y.

Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 7:55 pm

Welcom aboard JB. This forum is a lot of fun and full of information. :D
If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you may have misjudged the situation.

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JB Sparks
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Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 8:51 pm

Thanks semperfi, Your right about the fun part, Been spending a lot of time reading on this forum and had to pick myself up off the floor a few times from laughing.

JB

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 8:58 pm

Congrats on getting the boiler up & running! It'll take a while to get you dialed in, but I think you'll be happy that you made the switch.

To upload pictures: Under this window that you type in you'll see "upload attachment". Click it, then you'll see "browse", click it and go find the picture in the computer. When you locate it, highlight the file of the picture and click "open" then click "add the file". After it's simmered for a minute, hit "submit" to send it to the Forum. You can do seveal pictures at once, by going back to upload attachment & repeating.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite
Location: NEPA

Post Mon. Oct. 20, 2008 9:22 pm

JB Sparks wrote: I have pictures i'd like to show you if I can figure out how to get them on this post.
Directions here: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=4895

you post any questions about the using the forum here: Antiques, Baseburners, Kitchen Stoves, Restorations & Modern Reproductions
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

- Albert Einstein

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Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 3:15 pm

Thanks Richard and Freddy for your help, this computer stuff does'nt come as easy to me as doing other things,like say building a whole damn house. I downloaded some pictures on the Nut and pea coal mixture Thread under hand fired stoves. Hope thats ok.

JB

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