Matthaus wrote:Hi Jim,
On the older Alaska units (Triburner unit with stoker motor and combustion fan as one unit) the knob controls the convection blower outlet and the other outlet powers the stoker. This is because the fume switch is wired to the non rheostat controlled plug. You can tell if you have a fume switch by the small box with a tube connected to the side of the stove. Some folks add a rheostat to the stoker motor circuit to allow control of the stoker motor. I wouldn't recommend this, the best bet is to run the stoker motor full speed (that way the combustion fan gives plenty of air) and control the heat output with the stroke adjustment.
I included a couple of pics of an older Alaska stove retrofitted with a new mechanism, combustion fan and Coal-trol. I have a scanned copy of the Alaska Manual for the older style stoves. I'll try and post it here so you can check it out.
it is a tri burn without a fume switch.
the way you recommended is how i first set it up. i got the fire adjusted down to about 1 1/2" with the second rheostat (the one that plugs in to the wall) turned all the way down and the one mounted to the stove (connected to the blower) turned all the way up.
so when i want more heat does turning the second rheostat change the feed rate too? to me it didn't seem too.
or doo i need to adjust the stroke?
if i need to be messing with the stroke when i want more heat would i be better off getting a coal troal?
last night i swapped them and was trying it with the tri burner motor slowed down.
my goal with this stove is to help make hot water by pre heating the water thats going into my oil fired hot water heater and for keeping the oil burner off in the mornings when it's colder out and the wood stove isn't keeping the house warm enough.
for me wood is still free, so i don't foresee giving up on wood anytime in the near future.