Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

PostBy: Perky On: Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:52 pm

Considering buying an Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove. Currently have a Franco Belge which broke after 24 years of use. I burned this stove for 8 months straight every year with no problems. Was wondering how this works compared to the Franco. Also, any tips. Thanks.
Perky
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak/1375

Re: Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

PostBy: Paperboy On: Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:05 pm

I installed an Alaska Kodiak last year, and was quite pleased with it's heat output, as well as it's ability to hold a fire for a long time. You can easily get 12-14 hours between tending, with steady heat output, if you get it with the internal hopper . We went away overnight last March, and when we got home 36 hours later, I opened the ash door and brought it back to life, shook it down and added more coal . Had a lot of ashes, but still glowing good when some extra draft was added. The house was still comfortably warm too. So it will go longer without tending in a pinch.
I don't know how this compares to the Franco Belge , as I've never operated one of those.
Paperboy
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak; Atlanta Homesteader
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska; Atlanta
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak; Homesteader

Re: Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

PostBy: coal berner On: Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:07 am

With a 120lbs of coal and with the bi-metal thermostat on it you should get up to 80 hrs on a slow burn .
15k to 100k output.

I have a older 1998 model with the outside shaker handel on it also have the shaker handel that goes threw the ash door
when you open it for shaking down the ash you can shake either way It also has the removable rear heat shield.
It has the big full size tapered firebricks that acts like the hopper with the steel screen behind the veiwing door.
As well as a New Never used 125 cfm blower in box and New glass with all new gaskets on the glass and all the doors .
It is Forsale if anyone is interested in it PM Me . This stove does not have the Optional Bi - Metal Thermostat on it .
It can be bought threw Alaska or any Aaska dealer it was 80 bucks the last time I checked .
The color of this stove is honey glow brown also have the owners manual.

I also replaced the window tabs & the bolts are S.S. now.
The Firebricks on this stove are not the little standard firebricks you see in the newer Stoves .
These are 4.5 " to 5.5 " Thick at the base and Tapered up to 1.5" to 2.5 " at the top They are 9.5 " tall
There are 6 Section .
The two pieces up front are 20.5" wide
The two pieces in the back are 20.5" wide
One piece on either side are 12.5" wide
I will sell this stove for less then half of what a New sells for .
This stove weighs more then the new stove do 475 lbs on a New one.
This one is over 500 lbs do to the bigger firebricks .
Last edited by coal berner on Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

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Re: Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

PostBy: Perky On: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:54 am

Thanks for the input. I'm torn between the Kodiak and a Hitzer 50-93 - if I could combine features from both, I'd be happy. Must have non-electric due to power outages. Bad enough not having light and water, but need heat. I definately need a hopper. My Franco is gravity fed and holds 60 lbs and has a dial setting and a shaker grate system similar to the Kodiak. I will miss it. The Hitzer holds only 50 lb., but has the dial also. I'm used to filling a hopper twice a day and ashes once a day.
A couple more questions.........
Is it difficult to shake the Kodiak with the set up inside the ash door?
Do you run a barometric draft? (currently have one)
Please explain the bi-metal thermostat - how does it work? (can't really find any info on it).
Currently burn pea, but grates look bigger on both these, so I'm looking at nut....any thoughts?
Thanks again.
Perky
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak/1375

Re: Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove info

PostBy: coal berner On: Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:47 pm

Perky wrote:Thanks for the input. I'm torn between the Kodiak and a Hitzer 50-93 - if I could combine features from both, I'd be happy. Must have non-electric due to power outages. Bad enough not having light and water, but need heat. I definately need a hopper. My Franco is gravity fed and holds 60 lbs and has a dial setting and a shaker grate system similar to the Kodiak. I will miss it. The Hitzer holds only 50 lb., but has the dial also. I'm used to filling a hopper twice a day and ashes once a day.
A couple more questions.........
Is it difficult to shake the Kodiak with the set up inside the ash door?
Do you run a barometric draft? (currently have one)
Please explain the bi-metal thermostat - how does it work? (can't really find any info on it).
Currently burn pea, but grates look bigger on both these, so I'm looking at nut....any thoughts?
Thanks again.

Bi metal thermostat is for your secondary air there is a flap door on the left side bottom rear of the stove there is a
dial up top on the back of the stove with numbers on it you set for the amount of air you want to put into the stove
there is a chain hooked on the flap door and to the dial knob with a thermostat built in to it when the temp hits your set point the flap door will open & close to control the amount of air going into the stove if you need more heat turn the dial
up to a higher number the thermostat will open the flap door to let more air into the stove.
The Hitzer and several other stove uses this type of Bi - metal thermostat. As far as electric you do not need any to run

a hand fed stove only for the blower fan if you want to use it to blow off the hot heat on the stove body to the room the
stove is in. It also will help keep the outside stove body temp down You can use the stove with it or with out it.
I always ran blower on all my hand fed stoves I had over the years .
The kodiak will hold 120 lbs of coal . As for the shaking the ash down threw the ash door there are alot of stove made like this. There is a tool that slids over the end of the grate ash aditator you slide it back and forth left to right to shake
down the ash. You have to open the ash door to do this. On this stove there is also a outside side ash shaker handel like

you would see on the Harman Hitzer & many other stoves . You can shake the ash down with out opening the ash door
when using this side handel. Either way you shake it there is 6 to 8 inch of movement from left to right.
These stoves will run 15.000 btu's on low & up to 100.000 Btu's on high or anywhere in between.
You should always run a baro on a air tight hand fed coal stove Aswell as coal stoker stove boilers furnaces .

If you are interested in mine PM Me I will sell it to you for a good price less then half the cost of a new one.
This stove is like New condition New glass New blower and all 4 gaskets are New . Also the three glass tabs and bolts are new S.S. bolts. Stove weight 475lbs on the new ones . This one weighs a little more do to the bigger firebricks there are
6 sections of bricks the base of the bricks are 4.5" to 5.5 " thick tampered up to 1.5 " to 2.5 " to the top 9.5 " tall
The two piece front and back are 20.5 " wide The two one piece sides are 12.5 " wide.
Puts the stove around 500 or more lbs.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

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