Hotblast 1557M

davejerry Posted By davejerry, Nov 20, 2008 at 2:25 AM

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  1. smokinj

    smokinj
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    I close mine all the way at night unless its under 20 degrees I have 2600 sq ft. (how's your inslation?)somthing wrong thats enough heat out put to keep it in the 90's easy!(you seem to be running very well)
     
  2. davejerry

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    hi everyone, thanks for all the input. i haven't been able to do to much as we're without power, as well as 200,000 other people. we just got back some heat; temp was only 45 in the house this morning. blower motors need electricity to operate. even right now we're still on a generator and probably will be for a few more days. i'll be back at another time. thanks again for those tips. i'll work on those just after i get the water running again. it's a slow process but steady as she goes. take care & keep warm.
     
  3. LARRY IRVING

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    I also just installed a new 1557 Hot Blast in my basement. It is connected to my gas furnace plennum. The problem I am having is getting it hot and stay hot. I got a fire going last night and slowly added more coal till I got it almost up to the top of the fire brick.
    It burns but does not create a lot of heat. It is only 65 in the house and it just maintains that temp. The blowers only come on for a short time and then off.
    I have a damper on it and thought if I close it, it may keep the heat in.
    Any suggestions how to operate this unit and get a good blast. It seems to heat better with wood than with coal.
    Any suggestions would really be appreciated
     
  4. smokinj

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    coal need lots of air underneth of it. best if you have a draft inducer on it, if you dont have one open the ash damper all the way and mabe put a small fan by it to get more air! you want your flue damper wide open!
     
  5. laynes69

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    If your trying to burn anthracite, then I would just stop. The units are not meant to burn anthracite. And the draft inducer will give you a dead fire. The firebox shape, and design just won't work with hard coal. Soft coal on the other hand would burn fine in the unit. I have modified the ashpan with a small induced draft under the grates, and tried just about everything. If you have a nice steady suppy of hard coal, I would consider selling the furnace and upgrading with a furnace that will burn hard coal. Sucks, but thats the reality of those units.
     
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