stockingfull wrote:The stoker does very little work all day -- and sometimes it's touch and go keeping it from going out. I'm nursing it along at about 60#/day, but I think this weekend is about all that'll be worthwhile.
You should be able to get by with less than that, we burn ours year round and between May and August go through about a ton. That works out to less than 20 pounds a day and ours is larger than that. Worth it for us because we have heating the hot water.
That unit looks very similar to my brothers Keystoker and his has a hot water jacket. You may want to consider getting one, the savings by heating the hot water offset the cost of the coal plus the unit will last much longer and you'll have fewer maintenance costs in the future.