Need help switching from wood to coal

Need help switching from wood to coal

PostBy: scout2g11 On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:35 am

I am new to the site. Really looking to go coal I burn wood right now and not very happy with it. I work 12 hrs a day and it a total 14 hrs with drive so need something will burn that longer than that. My local dealer in my area has Alaska Stoker II that looks like it fits my needs and input that would help out I would appreciate it. I have upstate New York winters
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Re: Need help

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:18 am

Hi, last year was my first year with coal and i have the Lesiure line Pocono. It has a 200lb hopper for longer burn times i usually fill it 1 time in the morning and 1 time at nite. Like i said i am new to this but i myself respect what everyone has to say on this site Jeff
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Re: Need help

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:22 am

Alaska makes a good stove, just make sure the stove you chose is large enough for your home and that you can move the heat around. The Stoker II has a pretty big hopper, you should have no problem tending the stove just once per day.

Where in Upsate, NY? I am up near Plattsburgh.
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Re: Need help

PostBy: plumb-r On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:25 am

Welcome to the site! Those much smarter than I will be along to aid you in your search for a coal appliance. We need alot more information to help. I think due to the time your away something self feeding is in order unless there is someone else to tend things when your at work, but first to the questions. How big is the space your heating? Is there a chimney? One floor or two? Basement? What kind of heat is there now?What kind of construction,2x4, brick, insulation,windows ect..? You have to help us help you make a good choice. Sorry about all the questions, again Welcome! :)
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Re: Need help

PostBy: scout2g11 On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:29 am

Rob R. wrote:Alaska makes a good stove, just make sure the stove you chose is large enough for your home and that you can move the heat around. The Stoker II has a pretty big hopper, you should have no problem tending the stove just once per day.

Where in Upsate, NY? I am up near Plattsburgh.




I am in waterloo ny, so i guess central maybe better.
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Re: Need help

PostBy: scout2g11 On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:40 am

plumb-r wrote:Welcome to the site! Those much smarter than I will be along to aid you in your search for a coal appliance. We need alot more information to help. I think due to the time your away something self feeding is in order unless there is someone else to tend things when your at work, but first to the questions. How big is the space your heating? Is there a chimney? One floor or two? Basement? What kind of heat is there now?What kind of construction,2x4, brick, insulation,windows ect..? You have to help us help you make a good choice. Sorry about all the questions, again Welcome! :)



space is 100 sq ft, chimney yes i heat right now with wood, the unit would go into the basement so i can fill basement then let heat act like radiant heat in the flooring, so i guess really 2000 sq ft however i could duct it into my duct work also. its a ranch house 1980 build 2x4 build insulation yes and yes on windows too. i am not being silly however i have been heating with wood for 5 yrs just would like knowledge on an alaska stoker II if there are any out there.. but open to any other options.
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Re: Need help

PostBy: Coalfire On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:48 am

scout2g11 wrote:
plumb-r wrote:Welcome to the site! Those much smarter than I will be along to aid you in your search for a coal appliance. We need alot more information to help. I think due to the time your away something self feeding is in order unless there is someone else to tend things when your at work, but first to the questions. How big is the space your heating? Is there a chimney? One floor or two? Basement? What kind of heat is there now?What kind of construction,2x4, brick, insulation,windows ect..? You have to help us help you make a good choice. Sorry about all the questions, again Welcome! :)



space is 100 sq ft, chimney yes i heat right now with wood, the unit would go into the basement so i can fill basement then let heat act like radiant heat in the flooring, so i guess really 2000 sq ft however i could duct it into my duct work also. its a ranch house 1980 build 2x4 build insulation yes and yes on windows too. i am not being silly however i have been heating with wood for 5 yrs just would like knowledge on an alaska stoker II if there are any out there.. but open to any other options.




If you put stoker in basement it will not give you the same feeling as a wood stove or radiant coal stove in the basement. The stoker is forced hot air, a stoker will not warm floors like a radiant stove. Not a bad thing just prepare to run some duct work, it will add to your comfort and reduce coal consumption.



Eric
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Re: Need help

PostBy: mozz On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:57 am

Doesn't the Alaska stoker2 have a power vent? You would not want to run that into a chimney? Any coal burning appliance you will have some radiated heat. He might be better off with a different brand such as Leisure Line or others. I think they are also priced lower than a Alaska.
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Re: Need help

PostBy: scout2g11 On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:41 am

mozz wrote:Doesn't the Alaska stoker2 have a power vent? You would not want to run that into a chimney? Any coal burning appliance you will have some radiated heat. He might be better off with a different brand such as Leisure Line or others. I think they are also priced lower than a Alaska.



Alaska stoker II power vent i thought it was an option. but will double check. as far as the leisure line stoves if I searched it right they look like there running 2500 and up. Alaska Stoker II is around 2000 with upgraded 500 cfm fan and a few options. I will need to do little more research.
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Re: Need help

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:11 am

I had an Alaskan Stoker in my basement for 1.5 years. I have a 2 story cape and the basement was not insulated. The stoker could only get the house up to about 63 degrees on the first floor on an average winter day (30 degrees or so) anything colder and my oil burner would have to kick in. If you could get it up into your living space you would be much happier I would think. I also vented it to the upstairs and took lots of other suggestions from folks on here. Just couldn't do the job in the basement. I went onto a boiler and would not go back. It is great for getting your domestic hot water off it it as well. Good luck, take your time, it is a big investment.
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