My brother inlaw is going coal. He's tired of cutting wood to feed the outdoor boiler. He has gotten a used keystoker hearth model that he liked the look of. The stove is made to vent in a chimney
and he wants to power vent it. He has a fields SWG stainless power venter that he's going to vent it with but we're not sure what other if any controls we need to use to make things work right. I know Alaska uses a fume switch or thermal cut off in the combustion chamber when they sell a unit for power vent. Is this a necessary thing to have? If so we will have to hole saw a hole to mount it in. Any help anybody could chime in with would be appreciated.
Isn't the Keystoker Hearth a hand feed hopper stove? I was looking at the Keystoker Products page
and the model is listed about 3/4 of the way down the list. The specs say it has cast iron grates and that the hopper will hold 50 Lbs. I have never seen this model but it appears to be a hand fed. You'll have to squash the ideal of using anything other than a chimney for this unit.Do not power vent any hand fed stove
. A chimney is a requirement for safety reasons. The reason is that in the event of a loss of power, a hand fed fire has too much mass and will not extinguish before generating very dangerous (read DEADLY
) levels of carbon monoxide. Stoker stoves may be power vented because the fire has a small mass that will extinguish in a short time without providing mechanical draft from a power or direct vent system.