old American Radiator Co. coal stove

old American Radiator Co. coal stove

PostBy: link357 On: Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:53 am

Hello,
I am brand new here and I hope I have figured out how to operate this forum ok. I have two situations that I need help with. Firstly, I have an old American Radiator Co. coal stove. It's an Ideal Vecto Heater. Has anyone heard of them? From what I could find I think it's about 1935 - 1945? Anyway, the center grate is broke and I cant shake it anymore. Can someone direct me to a source for a new grate ( I probably will go for a set of three).
Next, as that stove is out of commission I was able to pick up this other stove for $75.00. It as an Alaskan Stoker Channing II stove. Problem is I have no idea what to do with or how to operate it. I am an avid wood burner and just getting my bearings with coal but this thing looks totally foreign to me. I am need of guidance or a manual as I don't even know that everything/anything works on it or how it works at all. There is this pan thing with a wooden handle that I have no idea what to do with. (it seems to hang nicely on the front feed opening when you open the door? ) When I open the front door you see clear to the bottom of the stove except for this perforated plate. No grates? Where does the coal burn? The guy I bought it from tore is out of a house he was working on and can't give me much assistance except that he said all the parts were there except for a thermostat which he is getting for me. I hope I didn't waste my money. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks, John
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Stoker Channing II

Re: old American Radiator Co. coal stove

PostBy: WNY On: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:52 pm

Can't help you on the old stove, but the Alaska Channing II ( http://www.alaskastove.com ) is problaby a STOKER type, there should be a burn Plate in the middle with holes in it, it feeds from the back or side with stoker mechanism and has a hopper you fill with "RICE" coal. It will automatically push the coal/ashes as it burns. All you have to do is fill the hopper and empty the ashes. Doesn't sound like you lost anything on the deal. You should make sure the burn plate is clean and under it is cleaned up too, it may have fine ash that may limit the airflow.

The Plate with a wooden handle is just that, you put it in the opening and let the door glass cool off for cleaning the glass.


Here is the back of a Keystoker Automatic Stoker stove, Some of parts will be similar on yours.
Common Stoker Terminology
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: old American Radiator Co. coal stove

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:06 pm

Contact Alaska co, they will probably mail you an instruction book, I have the newest version of your Alaska, a Channing III, and I love it.

BK
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Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

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Re: old American Radiator Co. coal stove

PostBy: europachris On: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:48 pm

Wow, a stoker stove for $75! Nice job. I wonder how Matthaus missed that deal!!!!!????!!!! (Inside forum joke) :D If it's in good shape, it should work well. Even if it needs some TLC, it's pretty easy to do and bring it back to top shape. I picked up my Keystoker as a basket case, and made it look new again. Lots of fun!

Chris
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 350/Iron Fireman
Stove/Furnace Model: Custom bituminous burner

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