Ecoal Trial Steaming – First Report
A trial steaming using Homefire Ecoal (partially made from coal with a proportion of ground olive stones) was held on 5 July 2022, having warmed the boiler through the previous day. From a slow start from light up the boiler managers developed a different firing method and were then able to control the steam supply to the engines very well. This “sprinkling” technique meant that the fire burned more evenly over the whole grate area. This had two main consequences:
- cooler firebars, which should lead to longer life; and
- a much hotter working area in front of the boiler, which will need addressing if we are to use this method in future.
Additionally, there appeared to be much less smoke from the chimney and much less ash produced. Very early analysis suggests that the rate of consumption of Ecoal is similar to that of our normal coal.
A reminder of our Summer Steaming Days
Sunday 28 & Bank Holiday Monday 29 August
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September
Advance booking for steaming days is recommended. We look forward to seeing you there!
Crofton is open on Saturdays and Sundays through to the 25 September 2022. Entry to the site is free on non-steaming days, with an admission charge to view the boiler house and engines.
No refreshments are available to purchase on site. Entry is by the main gate only (opposite the car park). There is no access from the tow-path. That gate is locked.
More information – opening times and prices
If making a special or long distance journey, please check with us beforehand that we will be open. Crofton is powered by volunteers, we may have to close at short notice for unforeseen circumstances.
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