Boiler vs. boiler

Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: jeb2235 On: Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:28 pm

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.
jeb2235
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Woodchuck
Stove/Furnace Model: 2900

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: DOUG On: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:42 pm

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.
DOUG
 
Stove/Furnace Make: CHUBBY, D.S.MACHINE BOILER
Stove/Furnace Model: CLAYTON 1600

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:46 pm

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.
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon


Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:56 pm

I have a similar house and situation as you do.

I have an oil-fired hot air furnace that heats my house to a toasty 60 degrees!

If I could have any coal heating appliance I wanted, it would be a boiler. But, economics won't permit me that luxury right now so I plan on installing a Leisure Line stoker stove.

I could either locate it on the 1st floor or the basement and let the heat radiate or install it in the basement and hook it into the existing plenum.

Either way, that option far exceeds the boiler in respect to initial cost while achieving a similar outcome.

Mark
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:01 am

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. :)
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 700. Van Wert 1200.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:01 am

If auger feed interests you, take a look at an EFM 350.

-Rob
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:53 pm

A member here (Stoked) has a Keystoker KAA-2.

He may be willing to share his experience with that unit if you contact him.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: jeb2235 On: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:36 pm

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
jeb2235
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Woodchuck
Stove/Furnace Model: 2900

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: paulfun On: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:38 am

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!
paulfun
 
Stove/Furnace Make: harman/Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: magnum/koker

Re: Boiler vs. boiler

PostBy: dave brode On: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:59 pm

Kaa2 here, heating 3500 sq ft, 1700 of it fairly tight living space, plus big block wall basement and a 2 car garage.

It runs hard in single digit weather, but gets by. South of you in MD, but 2000 or so elevation, so weather is similar.

Dave
dave brode
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KAA-2
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: used to have a 5 section Red Square
Coal Size/Type: rice anthracite