Choking down a keystoker

Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:44 am

I have a keystoker in one building that I am shutting down until the spring. I have tried no heat at all but that causes problems so I would like to run the 110K keystoker there at an absolute minimum. Ideas? How about fire bricks on the side and minimizing the width of the fire path. Non thermostat so how low can the dial go - 1 - 1/2 - 1/4. I'd like to look in once a week.
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:49 pm

Have you tried a little salt and butter?
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: Wiz On: Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:20 pm

Have you tried a little salt and butter?



LOL :P
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:53 am

I don't get too many actual laughs from this board but every once in a while I get a LOL. A little salt and butter did it.

Thanks for the chuckle early in the morn. Nice way to start off 12-12-12.

Rev. Larry
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:57 am

Hmmm, I guess a no answer from that post. ;)
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:27 am

How low you can run it will depend on the coal, and the draft. Sadly I think trial and error is the only way to find out what your "bottom line" reliable fire settings will be. I don't think narrowing the grate area would do you any good, and would likely cause problems.

Experiment with the settings, and maybe get one of those gizmos that turns on/shuts off an outside light if the temperature gets too low.
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:01 am

Would that unit run off something like an old Harman Mag control box, which would provide a timer to fluff the fire and let you use a thermostat?

Mike
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:06 am

Thx Mike and Rob, now those points are worth considering.
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:38 am

is the Coal Pilot still available, i haven't seen much about it lately? if it works with a keystoker that would be a lot less than a Harman controller.
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Re: Choking down a keystoker

PostBy: Pacowy On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:53 am

I was thinking of a used Harman controller. They periodically appear in the classifieds, Craigslist, etc. sometimes even for reasonable $. :D

Mike
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