I am wanting some input on 2 different boilers (coal). I have a forced air gas furnace and am heating a 1500 sq. ft. drafty 2 story house with an unfinished basement which I wish to finish this year. LOVE COAL HEAT! I am wanting to heat my hot water and was going to put a coil in my plentum for forced air heat and probably heat my one car attached garage with some kind of hotwater coil that has a fan. I am looking at the next to smallest keystoker and the harman boiler. Just want some opinions on the different models and which is better for my house. I live 40 miles west of pittsbugh pa. so I get pittsburgh type weather.
Out of the two you are looking at, it is my opinion that the Keystoker would be my choice. I just have a better feeling about it from reading the great reviews here on this forum. I almost purchased one, until I read about the Axeman-Anderson AA130 Anthratube. So, I decided to wait on my anthracite coal boiler purchase until I can afford a AA130. I'm sure you will get a lot of good information by other members here which will help you make the correct selection.
I think if you do a Search on here on KAA2 (or KA2) or VF3000, there are quite a few people that have both and very happy with either one. Either should have plenty of capacity to heat your smaller house.
I think the VF3000 is more versatile in its application. Yo can change the side the doors are on, the position of the stoker and the exhaust also if I remember correctly. I'm not sure the Keystoker can dothat.
Another reason I was steering toward the Harman was the outlet size of "7 that is what my flue is the keystoker is "8. I am wondering if the keystoker would work in my flue being that my flue is '25 tall? Any opinions?? Thanks
When I was just recently at keystoker trying to decide on the Koker or the a-120 one of my concerns was the flue size. I was told by them that going down a size wont hurt the performance and if I did buy the a-120 that the reduction in size should be made on the chimney side not the stove side. No personal experiance just what the manufacturer had to say!