About: Morning Ritual - Banking my Coal Boiler
Lol looked like your were feeding an old locomotive
Is anyone using automatic stokers? It seems like it would eliminate some work.
you should change a technic of burning coal. Start fire coal from top. - It is no smoke and it is a 30% more effective
safety glasses or hard hat.
I was a Steamfitter for the New York City Board of Education for 25 years.When I first was hired in 1989 their was 1100 school buildings in the system,of which their was still 400 still heated by coal.Over the years they were slowly replaced,the last in the Bronx in 2010.Each school had a fireman that tended and shoveled coal to usually multiple boilers,the larger plants had a coal passer that would feed the fireman coal all day.Enviromental issues aside ,some of these coal fired boilers were 80 to 100 years old and still worked incredibly well.Every morning they would remove hundreds of pounds of KLINKERS and fire up those boilers and every nite bank them off,never letting that fire go out sometimes for the entire heating season.I truly cherish those years as I worked those old systems,most steamfitters today have never even seen one let alone work on them and watch them operate
Throw some books in there.
and how many of these boilers I've sent to the scrap yard and 35 years in the plumbing and heating business
That’s awesome. I’ve been looking at adding coal heat as a supplement/backup heat source. But I doubt it would be the best option for my scenario. But... it sure looks awesome! I’d love to have a nice hot coal fire burning while it’s snowing outside. Ohhh that would be amazing.
That s a huge boiler, why is it you need such a huge boiler for?, are you on a farm or something of the like?.
Thanks for sharing!
Kind regards, Eric Dee.
Hello Bill.. Could you tell me why the boiler is so far from th house and how much heat loss and insulation you have ?? cheers ! ;)
When I lived in Western Maryland I had a 27 inch round furnace, used about 8 to 10 tons a year. I would light it around the 10th. Of September and it never went out until the end of March. If a few warm days came along I would just cover it up with 5 or 6 inches of ashes. 2 or 3 days later I would just joke it up and it came back to life. I used coal for 13 years.
Good old National, Johnstown, Pa built!!
is it a steam or hot water boiler?
I just finished refurbishing a National 200 wood boiler. It is nearly identical to your National 400. Here is a link to the video showing some progression photos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDnFqLDNZ0w
You mentioned throwing some ashes on the fire to keep it from burning too fast. You can do what I did and install seals with modern high temperature sealants. They are so effective that when I close the draft the fire will slowly die out.
Fun to see; I didn't even know humans used coal burning furnaces; I was watching a This Old House video on YouTube and the guy in that video mentioned coal burning furnaces so I had to look those up on YouTube to see what they looked like. Where do you live I wonder [I would assume somewhere really cold and perhaps far far away from any cities. I wonder if any modern houses still use coal furnaces.
400k btu. Holy crap. That thing is like nuclear reactors!!!
You said you were going to greensburg. Is that pa.? I'm from rockwood. Pa.
Awesome video.. I wish more people would share the good old boilers like this. Thank you.
I’m glad this old beast was never converted to either oil or gas. Would love to see more videos of how to work a coal furnace
I'd love to see more videos about this thing! Maybe you could film you starting up for the heating season? There aren't many videos at all of people burning bit. Being from Georgia heating with coal is highly impractical for me, but people heating with it is fascinating to me!