DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:58 pm

I've narrowed things down to these two stoves. They both seem to have about the same output rating for BTU's, and I assume they hold just about the same load of coal. I'm also assuming they both use a bimetallic draft control to regulate output. For use with exclusively pea, which would you choose between them? I'm assuming most of this comes down to how well their grates handle pea, and how well they do without the aid of a blower.

For background: Since my Coal Gun burns only pea, and I'm considering the coal stove for use as a back up or during power failures, I will only have pea in storage.

Please don't spin this into a shouting match over why I really need a power generator.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: Paisan On: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:45 pm

I like my DS and have burned pea in it with no problem. But I started my fire with nut then added pea. You might want to keep some nut on hand.
Paisan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Circulator
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:47 pm

Paisan wrote:I like my DS and have burned pea in it with no problem. But I started my fire with nut then added pea. You might want to keep some nut on hand.


Was that to keep the pea away from the grates?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

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Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: Paisan On: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:52 pm

lsayre wrote:Was that to keep the pea away from the grates?


Had the fire going for weeks with nut. A guy gave me about a half ton of pea so I started using that instead. Burned fine just not as hot as nut.
Paisan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Circulator
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: Coalfire On: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:00 pm

I've started with Pea in the DS no problem. What every you have in there first wood or charcoal, will make a nice ash bed to start the coal


Eric

Why not go smaller if its just for back up? Less coal to start burning, less coal to clean out when you do let it go out. I mean cleaning a hand fed for intermitant use is kind of a pain. go smaller and just crank it harder, the pea will get hot as nut just feed it more air :idea:

think 1400 or 1300
Coalfire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 96K btu Circulator
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:39 am

I've burned just pea in my DS as well. Works nicely.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: McGiever On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:11 pm

Hope that your placement of this stove will keep your pipes from freezing and bursting after an extended period without electricity. :|
McGiever
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: 63roundbadge On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:52 pm

I LOVE my Alaska Kodiak. Search on '63roundbadge' and 'alaska kodiak' for all my positive articles.

I have used pea exclusively, this year I tried mixing nut w/pea on cold days, I really didn't find much difference in the output, so I'm staying w/pure pea.

Kodiak is easy to use, clean, and works well with simply a slow running 20" box fan behind it.
63roundbadge
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak

Re: DS1500 vs. Alaska Kodiak for use exclusively with pea

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:00 am

For those of you who have seen both of these stoves, which would you consider to have the better (more robust, more functional, more likely to last, etc...) grate system?
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Stockton Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

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