My thoughts on switching from hand fed to stoker

My thoughts on switching from hand fed to stoker

PostBy: BeerMonley On: Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:54 pm

Thought id post up my thoughts on doign the switch from hand fed to stoker as i did it this year, maybe be helpfull for people thinking of it.
My house came with a harman mark III, i had never used coal at this point but had used wood so i burned wood in the stove , trying coal here and there as there was some left by previous owners, i could never get it to burn good so i went back to wood. After 2 years of wood i decided i was gonna make coal work, i found this forum, read a bunch asked questions and got going in the right direction, the first year of all coal was great, house warm, basement hot. only problem was teaching my wife how to shake and fill the stove, it was jsut to hard for her and took to long and she didnt like doing it> So this year we decided to get some kind of stoker so she could take care of it also. We ended up with a Leisure line Pocono.
after running it this winter i can say its great, although it didnt get very cold this year so the stove ran at idle almost all year.
I like everyhting about the stoker execpt the cost, it was expensive, and i had at add some stuff to get it heating the house good (mostly duct work)
my wife can fill and empty it (as long as the ash bin isnt to full)
runs on its own after its started and filled/empited
cold? just turn the thrmostat up.
My major operating dislike is that it requires power to run, not that it goes out instantly if the power goes out for a little but it wont make good heat in that power out stateand will go out after a hour or so, SO figure a generator in your pricing(one that will run your equipment, theres tons of threads here on that subject)but you should have a gene anyway for just in case times.
also a added benifit is its way cleaner than a hand fed (well my hand fed anyway).
the stoker does have a little more maintence but i like that kind of stuff so it doesnt bother me.
If any new people have any question, even if you think their silly/stupid, dont hesitate to ask, the people here are great and coal is a great way to save money and be warm
BeerMonley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Lesiure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: My thoughts on switching from hand fed to stoker

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:46 pm

Well if your electric is only going out for a few minutes, I'd suggest a battery backup.

However is is really that bad that you would buy a standby generator to maintain the rest of the house ???

It seems like more and more we experience power outages that now last several hours or more compared to the old 1/2 to 1 hour total outage. So in that case, you are now able to maintain the comfort level we have come to expect.

Just make sure to wire the genny properly so it can do the whole house. And teach the little lady on how to set that up and run it. That way you can come home and she can hand you that cold one you desire.......



Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: My thoughts on switching from hand fed to stoker

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:03 am

Thanks for sharing. I can see my having to make the move to a stoker down the line. While I love my handfed, I'm looking forward to the easier, cleaner aspects of a stoker. Thanks again, Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

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Re: My thoughts on switching from hand fed to stoker

PostBy: oliver power On: Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:05 pm

lowfog01 wrote:Thanks for sharing. I can see my having to make the move to a stoker down the line. While I love my handfed, I'm looking forward to the easier, cleaner aspects of a stoker. Thanks again, Lisa

I don't know Lisa, I have the Kaa-2 boiler, and tend it every 24 hours. I have forgotten at times, and can go 36 hours. 36 hours is the max. For some reason, I don't enjoy tending the Kaa-2 like I do the hand fed. I still use my 30-95 in the shop, and enjoy tending it every time. Yes, the stoker is easier, but somethings missing. I think if you had a hand fired with a hopper, you'd see quite a difference. Or, switch to stoker, and see what I mean. Just Rambling on.......... Oliver
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Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II)
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Stove/Furnace Make: HITZER / KEYSTOKER
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93 & 30-95 , Kaa-2

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