Alaska or Keystoker Furnace

Alaska or Keystoker furnace

PostBy: upstateny On: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:16 pm

I am looking to buy a hot air coal stoker furnace to put in my basement. Was looking at the Alaska 140 and the Keystoker Koker, is one any better than the other? its hard to find anything that compares them in anyway. The price is about the same for ether.
Please help, Thank you.

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Re: Alaska or Keystoker furnace

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:20 am

Both are good products and there owner/operators of both on the site. Another alternative you may want to consider is to use a coal fired boiler to to heat a water-to-air heat exchanger in your air ducts.

Using a boiler has several advantages, first you can use it to heat your domestic hot water, which can be up to 30% of your monthly heating bill. The other advantage is that water can store heat and then provide heat on demand instead of waiting for the coal fire to ramp up to heat a furnace.

A boiler can be located just about anywhere, possibly making the install and service of the appliance much more conveninent. Such as installing it near a door, so toting the coal in and ashes out is less of a chore. Or many of us put the boiler in a garage, or outbuilding and pipe the water into the house, this keeps the coal, dust, ashes etc out of the house.

Just some food for thought.

Welcome to the forum, Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Alaska or Keystoker furnace

PostBy: upstateny On: Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:47 am

Thanks for the info Greg.
Not sure I can afford the hot water models. I can buy the Koker for 2950.00 and the alaska double burner for 3200.00 air ones a do you have any idea what I would have into a hot water unit? Also is the Alaska worth the extra 250?
Thanks again

Re: Alaska or Keystoker furnace

PostBy: Complete Heat On: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:29 pm

Either unit is good. I run the Alaska 140 Auger feed sysyem, and it does a great job. I also sell Keystokers, and the koker is a great unit as well. The two major differences between the two units is the the Koker has a 240 pound hopper, the Alaska 140 only has a 160 pound hopper (the brochure says 250, it is incorrect), the cold air return on the Alaska is easier to tie in to your existing duct work. Either way, you will save money compared to your heating costs now. Get a hot water coil with the furnace, it will do all of your hot water needs.

PS- make sure you order the fan limit control and thermostat option if you choose the Alaska.
Complete Heat
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: AA-130/FHA

Re: Alaska or Keystoker furnace

PostBy: spc On: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:48 pm

Check out the Leisure Line Pocono with the optional hot air jacket & domestic hot water coil.
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

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