av8r wrote:[Yes, Coal-Trol is a must have item with a stoker in my opinion. I installed mine and set it and it holds within 1 degree all the time. Amazing. My buddy has an Alaska Channing III and just a programmable tstat and his stove is always either running full out or idling. Mine runs at idle or just above with no big swings
which has to be more efficient.
On my Channing I've neither, just the stock controller, maybe it's just me but I like futtsing with things a bit. I really don't adjust mine all that much, usually kick it down at night before bed so it's idling along at 64*/65* throughout the house. I think I adjust it about 3 times on average in a 24hr cycle. Compare that to wood tending and no comparison in heat output I'd say it's just about right for me. Oh and I like stirring the hopper and leveling it off now and again, makes feel like I'm good for something.
av8r wrote:The stokers I priced ran from $1500 for a Channing III to $2400 for the hearth/Console models. Pricing was all over the place even on the same model from dealer to dealer. PA pricing was consistently higher than NY prices by at least $200 on the models I was considering.
I paid around $1800 up here, actually that was the average for my model where ever I checked. Hell for $300 I'd would have driven up to NY state...Doh!