Takin`the plunge

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:51 am

Only in New England does Downeast mean Upnorth.
Access to coal would be my only concern.

We camped the Maine coast on our honeymoon 42 years ago.
Great time.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Well NE is special...
Here on The Cape depending on which section of Rt 28 South you are on...
You might be going east or north...
If you know what The Cape looks like...
then you know that Truro is north of Orleans...
So when you tell the tourist to go South on 28 for 40 minutes...
They think you are screwing with them...
So when giving directions we point down the road in the proper direction and say follow the signs to Province town...
RT 28 Starts in Maine so it is a North/South road but the cape hooks back up north, hence the backwards direction...
RT 6 is East/West so the change is not that bad...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: mope#2 On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:23 pm

Got to see the kaa2 today and also a ka6 in operation.The ka6 is real nice and I was impressed with how it was idling along today with outside temps around 60.
The house it was tending was about twice that of mine plus 5 more kids using hotwater! I I am pretty sure the kaa2 will take care of my needs easily.
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Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: Don On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:38 pm

 Don`t know much about the weather downeast ! I live in Ct have 1700ft ranch heated with a kaa2 .It heats the hot water the house and a 28x28 sq.ft. garage. I keep the house at 72 and the garage at 40 degrees. The only problem I have experienced in two years is one cold night we could not get the house above 71 degrees and the little kaa2 was running flat out.
Don
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker k-2
Stove/Furnace Model: utica starfire

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:24 pm

Good reports! I know either boiler (2 or a 6) will do you nicely. More water in a KA6....budget numbers may help decide also. Great products, easy to operate, quiet as a mouse, affordable, and VERY reliable.
I know Kevin would probably have a KA6 now if he had a chance. His Harman VF3000 is a great product also, and one wonders who they don't make a larger boiler themselves.
The company philosophy keeps the prices higher than the 'nuts on a Giraffe', so now we can understand each other. Don't stop here...yet. Keep reading and asking questions......unless you heard 'the Fat Lady Singin'!'
Last edited by whistlenut on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: mope#2 On: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:53 am

It is a rather difficult decision,,KAA2, small/efficient/nice price....KA6, lots of reserve/2 combustion motors,larger hopper,better stoker, and about 1k more..Tough choice. The KA6 would also consume more coal but not sure if it would be that much, as it does have the two fans that would have better control over the size of the fire,
No "fat lady singin" yet but at least I`m at the Opera House!!
mope#2
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: kaa-2

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: Townsend On: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:33 pm

Wait, ...I think I hear something. Yep, it's the KA6 calling you. It says "Stop mopein' around and buy me!"

What does Mope#1 say about this whole affair?
Townsend
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: mope#2 On: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:04 pm

That was my uncle..died about 10 years ago..That makes me next
mope#2
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: kaa-2

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:37 pm

:shock: :lol: :lol: :roll:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: Don On: Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:56 pm

I believe its just plain not true that the kaa6 runs better is built better or is in any way better than the kaa2. They are different for a reason, big house big boiler small house small boiler. Before i bought my boiler I took the keystoker tour with one of the owners who has heated his house for decades with a kaa2 . After a great tour and a through explanation of his products I was convinced to buy a properly sized boiler . Do your homework .
Don
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker k-2
Stove/Furnace Model: utica starfire

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:20 pm

Ditto to Don's comments!

No short cuts on either boiler. There is a new KA 4 in the owners house also. New style with a KAA2 style stoker, just bigger.

It's slow in coming, but good things come to those who wait. Plenty of time, and the off season is coming up. Made it to 80 here today!!! WOW.....can't wait for cool nights.....03/20/2012 who knew?!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:47 am

Don wrote:I believe its just plain not true that the kaa6 runs better is built better or is in any way better than the kaa2. They are different for a reason, big house big boiler small house small boiler. Before i bought my boiler I took the keystoker tour with one of the owners who has heated his house for decades with a kaa2 . After a great tour and a through explanation of his products I was convinced to buy a properly sized boiler . Do your homework .


There are several considerations when sizing a boiler. Heatloss of the structure is usually the main focus, but it is common for the domestic water load in a small (well-insulated) home to exceed the heat load. A small house with with two teenage daughters and a soaker tub might be easy to heat with a KAA2, but the domestic water system would require some extra thought. Proper storage volume for the DHW is a solution, but a lot of people cough at the additional cost.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: mope#2 On: Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:11 pm

After much discussion and help from the forum here, I have decided to go with the kaa2 boiler.My local dealer will be delivering in a week or so along with 3 ton of rice bagged coal. I will attempt to post some pics of delivery,my current setup and the install. Thanks everyone!!
Mope#2
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: kaa-2

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:13 am

:up:

Are you doing the install?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Takin`the plunge

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:13 am

I'm guessing that the only thing that will concern you is that the damned thing makes NO noise! Perhaps you can hook up a bell or show-tune mpeg to advise you that comfort does have a price!

You will love it, so will Mrs.! Keep in mind the external storage tank for hot water.

40 here and raining...good day for a coal fire! It's 76 in my garage.....that makes working in your shorts more reasonable. I smell wood smoke from the neighbors.......and those who shut down may re-think that strategy!!!!!!!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

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