Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

PostBy: Zak On: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:35 pm

I had a Keystoker Koker installed last week and it's been interesting to see how it works. I have it sitting in my basement and we leave the basement door open and it heated the house well, but I am having someone come out this week to duct it into my existing ductwork that my propane furnace used. (I hate that furnace and HATE my propane company). Yesterday during the snowstorm we lost power for 3 hours and the fire went out. I'm trying to relight it with no success. I set my coal-trol to "Feed 10" but the koker keeps pushing coal through and my light charcoal and semi like coals keep falling into the ash pan. What do I need to set the stove to, to stop pushing the coal?

Another issue is that it seems to be either feeding at 99% or 0%. Almost no between and it will waaaaay overshoot my temp but keep burning and burning until I override the setting and push the temp down a degree. Learned quick not to set adjustments between day/night and just leave it at 68. :) as the basement would be 90+ degrees while hte rest of the house was heating up.
Zak
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker Koker
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker Koker

Re: Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

PostBy: jpen1 On: Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:15 pm

The feed 10 setting allows your feeder to run continously for ten minuts. If you don't want your unit to feed much as when you are lighting the unit hold the menu button till setup appears and then hit the menu button till "MIN" appears. This displays your minimum fire setting in the number seconds per 100 seconds the unit will run to maintain your fire at 0% feed rate. If you leave the themo unit with "MIN" displayed the unit will stoke at the "MIN" fire setting until taken off that menu setting.
jpen1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: 110 Boiler

Re: Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:03 pm

NO. don't use the FEED 10. that will just push the coals off the grate.

(I have switches on my stoker and combustion blowers). Typically unplug the feeder motor, turn everything thing on, you can unplug the combustion blower if you want, start your starter bag or however you start the fire, plug in the combustion blower to get it going good, throw a handful of coal on top of the fire once it gets going, then plug in the stoker motor, and let the COALTrol take over, just put the thermostat down a few degrees so it's close to the room temperature. then gradually turn it up as needed.

If you read all the posts about the Setback feature, DON'T use it or only change it a couple degrees. Its not like a gas/oil furnace that is almost instant heat. Coal Takes a lot of time to warm up and cool down. That will make is overshoot or under shoot and your FR will vary a lot and thats probalby why you see 99 on it. Once the temp. is satisifed (if it is) it should start to go down, but it take a long while for changes to be seen, maybe and hour or two after the setpoint reaches room temp.

Also, whats your feed screw set at? how many turns out? that will affect feed rate and response time.
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: Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

PostBy: mccicero@ptd.net On: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:32 am

Something that works well for me is wedging a piece of wood (liked a piece of 1" x 2" board) into the end of the burn plate. This keeps the fire from falling of the bure plate till the fire gets going. Then it just burns up and falls into the ash pan. Make the board like 1/8 " longer than the gap between the burn plate sides and use a hammer to tap it into place.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Juniata

Re: Starting my Koker with a Coal-Tron?

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:19 am

Yes, the piece of wood works good to keep the coal from falling off. A small shim, dowel, etc....
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