another newbie here

another newbie here

PostBy: vulcan On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:36 pm

I finally became a member after several months of reading and learning from this very informative site. Over the summer i purchased a new koker and have it installed and ready to go (I hope.) I also have 4 ton of rice in the basement as well. I researched about every brand of stoker and decided on the keystoker for various reasons including the direct vent which seems best for my situation at this time. I am planning on heating about 2500 sf of an old farmhouse with a basement installation and ductwork going into 3 rooms, I dont have a cold air return in place yet but plan on adding one when the weather gets colder and I decide on the location.
I just want to say thanks for all the info and I am sure I will have questions when it's time to fire it up.
vulcan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: keystoker koker 160

Re: another newbie here

PostBy: JamesDeanMartin On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Hey I just joined today as well. I found this site a few months back after I figured I would like to burn coal. I've burned wood for years and I'm tired of dealing with it. The only good thing with wood was I was getting for free. Unfortunately coal isn't free. But I've had the opportunity to get just over 3 tons of coal this summer for about the same price I would pay for a ton here in Central Mass which is about $315.00 for a ton of bagged Nut . I'm sure once I start the boiler up for the first time I'll have a few questions as well. Good Luck!
JamesDeanMartin
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Royall
Stove/Furnace Model: Indoor Wood Boiler 6150NS

Re: another newbie here

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:33 pm

A Koker will put out some serious heat...the challenge (as you pointed out) will be to balance the heat via the heat runs and cold air return(s). Make sure you get a draft gauge and get the direct-vent portion adjusted properly...it is very important that the draft is correct.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

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Re: another newbie here

PostBy: vulcan On: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:32 am

thanks rob
I installed the unit but plan on having the dealer come out to check it and set the draft. A manometer is on my to do list for the future from what i have seen on here it is a wise choice.
vulcan
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: keystoker koker 160

Re: another newbie here

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:04 am

Welcome to coal burning!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

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