Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

Hand-Fed or Stoker?

Hand -Fed
110
54%
Stoker
86
42%
Both
8
4%
 
Total votes : 204

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:26 pm

i'm the girly man with the stokers.......skip wont give up his kenmore
lincolnmania
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: efm af-150 1982
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986
Hand Fed Coal Stove: warm morning 1980 kenmore

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: stanggt24 On: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:09 am

i have a stoker stove keystone 105 k unit with 500 cfm blower
stanggt24
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystone
Stove/Furnace Model: 105,000 rice stoker

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: jumperjoe On: Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:14 am

I have a hand fed Hotblast.
Some days it takes a 12 pack to get it to run just right.
jumperjoe
 
Stove/Furnace Make: USSC Hotblast 1300


Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: jpd989 On: Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:45 pm

Just installed my new Reading utility stoker RSFD-07 on 2/9/08. I like it much better than previous stove. A hand fired United States Stove Wondercoal heater. To bad i did not find this site months ago. Could have saved myself much grief. I have been reading and learning much here. This is a wonderful sight. Thank you
jpd989
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Machine Basement Stove #3
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat and Chestnut
Stove/Furnace Model: LL110k Boiler

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: ken On: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:43 pm

stanggt24 , what amount of coal you using a day and how bigs the house? is it just a free standing unit with chimney or DV? thank you , ken
ken
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Bonehead On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:41 pm

Went with the handfed due to power outages and the ability to burn wood. In the Harman line, the 250 has the highest BTU rating, other than a furnce. I don't mind hand feed at all. Sling in a 5 gallon bucket 2-3 times per 24 hours and that's it.

Anyone know who makes a bigger manual feed?
Bonehead
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: SF250

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:26 pm

Hitzer 50-93?

I'm starting to bum that the season is ending... I like messing with the handfired. It's easy, very predictable and consistent and simple. We all hang out around it each evening, lab with head on the stone. Kids do their homework in front of it. I'm going to miss it. It's changed how we live.
Charlie Z
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
Stove/Furnace Model: Darby

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: stockingfull On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:39 pm

Charlie Z wrote:We all hang out around it each evening, lab with head on the stone. Kids do their homework in front of it. I'm going to miss it. It's changed how we live.


Back to the future. :rockon:
stockingfull
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: bksaun On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:21 pm

Now I own both,

Alaska Channing III

Harman MK III

BK
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:13 am

Running a Harman Mark II, waiting for a chimney is a Godin Petite Round. A VC Vigilant Multi-Fuel needs fixing and will get sold next fall along with a VC Vigilant wood burner.
Slowly convincing the ‘rents to get some coal in their life.
Envious of a stoker boiler, content with the Mark II looking for a good Mark III.
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Wed May 21, 2008 10:55 pm

first year burning coal,bought koker stove / kestoker awwwsome unit added to oil fha furnace.if stoker is girlie man count me in .gone from home to long to foss with hand feed.i like firebugging to that is for the pit and hardwood sat.nite by the river.anyway i vote STOKER.
stokin-railroad
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Adamiscold On: Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:55 am

We just bought a Pioneer LE, so I guess that makes me a girlie man. But I still have to hand feed the big box in the back of it, doesn't that count for something manly? :P
Adamiscold
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby Sr. Old School

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:22 am

I like a good hand fed over a stoker because:

1. They are cheaper to buy
2. Need no power to run
3. are silent
4. Very few moving parts to break
5. Not much more work to operate
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:06 pm

Looks like the rice is going to be tight this year.
Bigger sizes should be no problem. If you do not have your rice yet get friendly with someone who does.
The A-A's and hand fed stoves take larger size coal which does not seem to be a problem yet.
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Stoker or Hand Fed, which do you use?

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:36 pm

US stove hotblast.I know it's a peice of junk by a lot of the posts here but I love it.A furnace keeps all the dust and stuff in the cellar,heats the whole house evenly(connected to ductwork).Just a great set up.Twice a day shake and dump,not to much work.
DON
BIG BEAM
 
Stove/Furnace Make: USS Hot blast
Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M