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Old 02-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #16
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:05 AM   #17
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:30 AM   #18
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Old enough to remember using one of these in -40 weather. And we didn't have that fancy 2 ply paper either. Sears catalogue or what ever else was "handy" had to do. Ah the good ole days.
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i am retired........my age is not important
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Uncle turned sixty in Dec. He says dosy is chicken if he does not tell his age.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:55 AM   #21
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Have you ever seen a residential stoker? I missed out on them but my first Journeyman worked on them and told all kinds of interesting stories about them.
Yuri, are you referring to a coal furnace with a 'screw' feed (circa: 1950 - 1950)?

When I was a kid, they were the cat's meow. Beats shoveling.

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Yep, I would have liked to have seen one. Apparently they had a shear pin/bolt in the screw drive as rocks would get in with the coal and jam the feed so it needed to break. Guys would replace it with a solid bolt to prevent "nuisance" breakage. One story told to me was that a screw feed kept filling an old octupus furnace with coal and tipped the whole thing over as the drive had that much power.
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Found a pic in an old ...really OLD...hvac tech manual.

Like Yuri said: a screw a motor and the feeder.

They still make stokers but they look a lot different.


I see alot of trap doors on the side of porches of the homes built in the 20s and 30s.

The coal storage room was under the porch and the coal was delivered thru the trap door.

There are still several octopi coal converted to gas furnaces around here.

We even get calls asking to convert back to coal.

When we ask "Well, where will you get the coal from," the caller pauses and says "I thought U guys knew where to get it".
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Found a pic in an old ...really OLD...hvac tech manual.

Like Yuri said: a screw a motor and the feeder.

They still make stokers but they look a lot different.


I see alot of trap doors on the side of porches of the homes built in the 20s and 30s.

The coal storage room was under the porch and the coal was delivered thru the trap door. Then the oil tank went in there.

There are still several octopi coal converted to gas furnaces around here. They are illegal here and DANGEROUS as heck. Some had three round sections pancaked on each other vertically and sealed with stove cement which hardens and falls off and the joints will open and leak CO as they usually don't burn cleanly.

We even get calls asking to convert back to coal.

When we ask "Well, where will you get the coal from," the caller pauses and says "I thought U guys knew where to get it".
My Grandfather, the guy with the outhouse used to cut extra wood on the farm and bring it into the "city" to sell to be burnt in those old units B4 they changed to coal. Times were tough then but they still enjoyed life. Moonshine helped too.
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Not here. I still service three of them. They are all constructed diff frm the way you describe.
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Have you ever seen a residential stoker? I missed out on them but my first Journeyman worked on them and told all kinds of interesting stories about them.
I looked at 2 of them last week that are no longer in service
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Did u guys know Moses?
He was my first partner in the plumbing business,remember the whole parting the sea thing?
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Old enough to vote...wwwaaayyy too young to think retirement.
retirement is highly over rated,way too boring for a bunch of guys like us who dont know how to do anything but work!
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Ever notice that hvac/r guys can never tun it off? Me and mt group of friends are all in the business...and when we go to the bar all we talk about is business.

Good thing one of the guys knows where there is a good Gentleman's Club
to remind us there are other beautiful things in the world beside the latest piece of equipment.

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