Alaska Stoker Stove I / II

Alaska Stoker Stove I / II

PostBy: bonesy On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:25 am

Hi, new here. Tell me about the Alaska Stoker Stove I or II. Can I put it on a thermostat and let it run 24/7? Does it light itself? Will it go on and off as needed or does it stay lit all the time at one heat level? What type of venting is required? I currently have a pellet stove. Just entertaining the thought of one of these with coal since I can get bulk coal. It is for my garage, save the talk about code, etc for having a solid fuel appliance in a garage. I know. If there is a better model that would suite my needs, please share.
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Re: Alaska Stoker Stove I / II

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:30 am

Welcome to the forum. Up in the right hand corner of the screen you will see a search box. Suggest you type in your model of coal stove and read, read, read. Your about to enter a whole new world of burning black rocks. The equipment is different, the technique is different and the requirements are different than any other type of fuel you ever burned in your life. If you have any friends who burn coal I also suggest you sit down with them and the beverage of your choice. If you tell us where your at their might be a forum member close to you that has the same equipment you have and can show you how it works and what you need to do to save save save save money heating your home.

Rev. Larry :D
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Re: Alaska Stoker Stove I / II

PostBy: bonesy On: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:33 am

Thanks! Been burning rice coal my entire life in an EFM stoker/boiler at my fathers house. That EFM unit has been in the house since I was born 35 years ago and was there probably 20 years before me. Currently, in my home (newly built in '09), I have geothermal heating and cooling with zero issues. Just entertaining the thought of replacing my pellet stove in the garage with coal. I am in Locust Valley, not too far from you.
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Re: Alaska Stoker Stove I / II

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Bonesy,

Let me add my welcome as well.

Alaska I and II stokers used the triburner principle. 1 fan control operates the combustion fan speed, the coal feed speed, and the convection air fan speed. The combustion fan motor shaft goes through the fan blade up to the feed mechanism. The feed mechanism has a moveable cam lobe to adjust the amount of stroke on the carpet feed. Changing the heat output is accomplished by that cam lobe.

It burns at that rate until you adjust the cam lobe. If you are mechanically inclined, you could redo the mechanism and separate out the combustion air and feed to be able to operate each one independent of the other. At that point you could install a coaltrol and use a thermostat to regulate the heat output.

These do not ignite on their own.

I have 1 in my home garage right now. It is for sale if interested. I just replaced it with a LL Hyfire II with a coaltrol. The reason for the replacement is I already owned the Hyfire and wanted to use the thermostat system it has.




Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

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