Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: oilman On: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:13 pm

[quote="whistlenut"]I don't know much about your installation site, but if possible I suggest a layer of 4" solid core cement blocks to set the boiler up on.
Mostly because without them, the boiler clean-out door is very close to the floor, perhaps even restricted. The very same for EFM bases, too.
I do the same for AA and AHS, but some folks set them flat on the floor....not good if you have moisture all the time.
Those bases won't last more than 30 years in those situations, AND will not be rebuildable.

Yes, I'm aware of the height issue filling the hopper if you are vertically challenged, or one of the old farts like me.(That is why they make augers...a no-brainer when the funds are available.)
Patio blocks will give you 2" if that is more favorable.

Also, leave plenty of room to access the rear stack, AND make it easy on yourself to clean and/or remove the stack for cleaning. An easy tip: When assembling the stack, it is easy to apply a liberal amount of anti-seize paste to the joints before you place at least 3 metal screws in each joint. If you don't do it then, you never will. The piping will disassemble as easily as if it were brand new. Otherwise let the banging and smashing begin!!!!!!
ALWAYS anti-seize the door hinges, latches.....any bolt you can see. The three bolts that hold the burn grates are something to become familiar with also. Easy project to remove and clean if you can remove them in a minute of less.....Also, please do yourself a favor and locate the air scoop and expansion tank somewhere OTHER than directly above the boiler, where sometime down the road, the vent will corrode up, druzzle some nasty water on to the top of your immaculate covers and leave you extremely PO-ed at you lack of thought about this VERY common issue. I see it daily, and only wonder why the previous plumber couldn't just move it away......monkey see, monkey do!

:!: *****These few paragraphs are priceless advice. I would add never-seizing the tankless bolts/studs if equipped.
oilman
 

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: sterling40man On: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:10 pm

oilman wrote:where sometime down the road, the vent will corrode up, druzzle some nasty water on to the top of your immaculate covers and leave you extremely PO-ed at you lack of thought about this VERY common issue.


That just happened to me! :mad: Luckily I noticed it right away and cleaned it up.........also put a bunch of rags down. I've got a new one and will install it before I fire up for the season.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:53 pm

Any snow flurries up there yet, Bob?
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Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:49 pm

anthony7812 wrote:Pictures fella pictures! :yes:


Almost done, plumbing is last step. Line buried, electric ran to panel/generator


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Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:40 pm

Very impressive....right from the 'Haven' to your home. Well laid out, not much chance of problems with the way it is set up.
Thanks for the pics and when you decide on an auger to feed the hopper, we need to talk. Ash auger and you can become a lazy SOB who REALLY enjoys life.

Life is about to become REAL sweet for you and your family! :!: :)
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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: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: sterling40man On: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:56 pm

Wiz wrote:Almost done, plumbing is last step. Line buried, electric ran to panel/generator


Nice setup wiz! Can't wait to see you fire that puppy up for the first time! :dancing: :clap:


whistlenut wrote:Any snow flurries up there yet, Bob?


Not yet Doug.......probably in a month. I should be fired up by then. :yes:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:26 am

whistlenut wrote:Very impressive.... when you decide on an auger to feed the hopper, we need to talk. Ash auger and you can become a lazy SOB who REALLY enjoys life.

Life is about to become REAL sweet for you and your family! :!: :)


Thanks :) Next purchase is feed auger, for next year.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:30 am

sterling40man wrote:Nice setup wiz! Can't wait to see you fire that puppy up for the first time! :dancing: :clap:


Thanks :) .. Did allot of reading here and used input from other members' projects.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:37 am

Looks like things are coming along well. Are you going to circulate 24/7 through the Keystoker or only when there is a heat call?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:44 am

Rob R. wrote:Looks like things are coming along well. Are you going to circulate 24/7 through the Keystoker or only when there is a heat call?


I believe 24/7 Rob, that's how my old wood boiler was set up. Stoker will be plumb into oil burner and also into 80 gal electric water tank.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:09 am

How are you tying in the electric water heater?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:28 pm

Rob R. wrote:How are you tying in the electric water heater?


Domestic hot water side from boiler to water heater. It's loop into cold domestic water with a tee. my drawing doesn't show it. .


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Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:37 am

Friend and me spent the last 2 days helping plumber hook up system. Twelve sticks of twenty one feet of black iron pipe later it's almost done. Really going to hate to see the bill on this project.
Wiz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker Ka 6
Coal Size/Type: Casey Junk Coal :(

Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:50 am

We all realize how important dollars are these days but you will be sooo happy that you used enough of them to get the job done correctly.After 15-20 years of steady reliable performance from your system,you probably won't even remember what it cost,you will know how much it is currently saving however. Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
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Re: Keystoker Ka-6 Journey begins

PostBy: Townsend On: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:57 am

Nice looking job Wiz, keep up the great work. It'll definitely pay off and trust me, I know what pipes and fittings go for, especially the thick stuff! Keystoker was in my plans at one time, great boilers.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck

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