Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: Wiz On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:13 pm

Finally got code inspector approval on placing boiler in detach garage, all I have to do is install by manufacture specs. Current stove is a hs tarm mb55 that has gross Output 140,000 btu which has no problem heating house no matter how cold,stove doesn't work hard at all. House is 2300 sq ft well insulate, but I like to add on 25 by 50 garage. What brand and model?????I'm looking at a keystoker KA-6 .... Like to keep garage around 40- 50 degrees...
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:30 pm

An AHS S130 Coal Gun or an Axeman Anderson 130 would be good choices.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:36 pm

Wiz wrote:What brand and model????? I'm looking at a keystoker KA-6 ....


This is kind of like asking everyone what kind of beer they like best. :D Opinions will vary, and we all have our favorites.

Keystoker makes a nice boiler. If you have a supporting dealer nearby, that should make it an easy decision. A K6 is a nice boiler...very simple, large water jacket, and it should have enough capacity for the load you have described. Keystokers can burn rice and/or buck. A friend of mine heats his 2 story home and garage with a K6...his family loves it.

Underfed stokers like an EFM or a Van Wert are my preferred design, but the various designs all have pros & cons. The two units Isayre mentioned have a loyal following as well, but I think Axeman Anderson got it right the first time.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

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Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: Wiz On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:00 pm

I appreciate the input, and realize the opinions are just that.. My concern is getting a unit big enough to handle the job and one that is reliable.I got to 2 local dealers near me, Harman and Keystoker.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

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PostBy: WNY On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:18 pm

Leisure Line has boilers now too.

You will get many opinions on what to buy, I think everyone on here owns each brand. if you do a Search on here, this question has been asked numerous times, and numerous answers, also, what works for one person, may or may not for another, depending on the heating situation.
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

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PostBy: jim d On: Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:35 pm

the output on the boiler looks like it would be lg enough to heat both venues especially if you were to install raddiant in the garage, beleive me you will love it , you can buy the tubing ect and instaall it your self , then get a pro to help you with the manifolds & near boiler piping
jim d
 
Stove/Furnace Make: alaska//coaljck
Stove/Furnace Model: liberty// cj3

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PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:04 am

Wiz wrote:I appreciate the input, and realize the opinions are just that.. My concern is getting a unit big enough to handle the job and one that is reliable.I got to 2 local dealers near me, Harman and Keystoker.


Are you only considering new units? Used/refurbished units can often be had for considerably less than new, but it depends on your comfort level with used equipment and installing it.

What are you planning for a chimney?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:19 am

Wiz wrote:Finally got code inspector approval on placing boiler in detach garage, all I have to do is install by manufacture specs. Current stove is a hs tarm mb55 that has gross Output 140,000 btu which has no problem heating house no matter how cold,stove doesn't work hard at all. House is 2300 sq ft well insulate, but I like to add on 25 by 50 garage. What brand and model?????I'm looking at a keystoker KA-6 .... Like to keep garage around 40- 50 degrees...


If you really want to buy new and go with a dealer near ya.......I'd go with the K6. The Harman is only rated at 80,000 BTU's. I have a K6 in my garage and pump water 120', one way, (60' underground) in 1" pex al pex piping. My house is 2,400 sf and garage is 1,200 sf. I have no problem heating the house even when it's -40* out. The heat off the boiler keeps my garage between 35*-55* depending on how cold it is outside. I installed a modine heater in the garage for when I want to do some work in there. Since you live in coal country, it won't cost you
much to heat. I'll bet 4 tons would do you.



or, scrapper_23jr
Only the name has changed

You'ld save almost 1/2 buying used. ;) :D
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

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PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:11 pm

Rob R. wrote:
Wiz wrote:I appreciate the input, and realize the opinions are just that.. My concern is getting a unit big enough to handle the job and one that is reliable.I got to 2 local dealers near me, Harman and Keystoker.


Are you only considering new units? Used/refurbished units can often be had for considerably less than new, but it depends on your comfort level with used equipment and installing it.

What are you planning for a chimney?


Don't have chimney in garage, additional expense :( Knowledge level on stokers is limited, so purchasing a used stove makes it difficult. Meaning wouldn't know if its good or just ok
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:12 pm

Any of the boilers are fine and will give you decades of reliable service and heat, even Harman with their bad customer service. My best advice is to buy a large enough boiler, with plenty of reserve heating capacity.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

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PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:24 pm

You asked for opinions so here's mine. Don't buy a boiler with plenty of reserve capacity. Buy one that's sized for the normal heat load. One with reserve capacity will not be operating efficiently most of the time. I'm not saying to undersize it. But size it just right.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

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PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:11 pm

Few people, other than hvac professionals or serious heating hobbyists will put forth the effort to do a proper heat loss calculation of their home. Which is why I mentioned sizing a boiler with enough reserve capacity. Nothing worse than spending 4 to 10 thousand dollars on a boiler to only find out it's not large enough. Again, that's my opinion as I sit here with a coal stove too small for my home and have trouble keeping my house above 66 degrees on a warm day.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

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PostBy: tikigeorge On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:02 pm

Look at a Keystoker, simple operation and the controls are available at a supply house should you need them. The gear box comes from Keystoker. My fourth year and I have no regrets on my purchase.
I just added a auger to feed coal from my coal bin to the hopper. No more buckets from the coal bin to the hopper. I only have to remove the ashes, for now. If you are ever in the Phillipsburg NJ area, you can see a KA-6 in operation..
tikigeorge
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:01 pm

tikigeorge wrote:Look at a Keystoker, simple operation and the controls are available at a supply house should you need them. The gear box comes from Keystoker. My fourth year and I have no regrets on my purchase.
I just added a auger to feed coal from my coal bin to the hopper. No more buckets from the coal bin to the hopper. I only have to remove the ashes, for now. If you are ever in the Phillipsburg NJ area, you can see a KA-6 in operation..



I like to take you up on the offer, I work in Easton pa...
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Advice / Opinions on what stoker boiler

PostBy: Paulie On: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:50 pm

Keystoker would be my choice. Simple, rugged, proven, no surprises....good luck!
Paulie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

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