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Kenawee Smokeless Firebox No. 111
Sitting in our boiler room next to the Weil-McLain 588 is a huge, imposing brick box. This box is a Kewanee Smokeless Firebox No. 111 from 1919. When the new boiler was installed in 2005 it was decided that taking out the old one was too much trouble. There is sits.
We are a condo association formed in 1974. There are heating records going back to 1966. As a bit of an amateur historian, I have taken it upon myself to study this boiler. I have both fuel usage and maintenance records (almost complete for over 30 years).
- How efficient was it?
- Was it maintained properly at all times (same maintenance company)?
- What is its backstory?
For example, this darn thing was advertised as portable! After thinking about the word a bit, I realized that the meaning refers to being able to take it someplace in one piece. This one was installed, and then the building was built around it, just like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Anyway, I am including a dropbox link to lots of photos, docs, etc.
Does anyone have info on a No. 111? I have found nothing so far.
By the way, if anyone needs the manual for a Hastings Adjusto "V" gas burner from 1972, there is one there that I scanned. Feel free to download it.
I have attached a coal receipt. Could someone interpret what "gross" "net" and "tare" mean in terms of the figures? There are three numbers usually, with the two zeros being smaller and so added on, I assume. Are these dollar amounts, or weight figures?
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