Keystoker Hearth

Keystoker Hearth

PostBy: cowentz On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:32 pm

I believe I am ready to make the change from hand fired to a stoker stove. Currently running a Harman Mark II sitting in front of a fireplace in living room. My house is between 2000 - 2200 sq ft. Works well 95% of the time, only on the coldest days I wish it were a little bigger. As some may know from a previous post I have been searching for a used 85k btu alaska hearth stove. I have not had any luck yet. I have come across a nice Keystoker Hearth 90. I like the look of the alaska a little better but I am ok with the Keystoker. Looks in good shape, the extra 5k btu could be useful, and from what I read they may transfer heat better as the fan blows up the back and across the top vs alaska just blowing across the top. My only concern is about the hopper size. The keystoker only has a 50lb hopper. One main reason for wanting to change is to be able to go away for 2 - 3 days on a weekend and keep the stove going the whole time. How long can I expect a full hopper to last? If this stove had a 75 or 100 lb hopper I think I would have already bought it.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kast Console II Hearth

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Re: Keystoker Hearth

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:52 pm

My Keystoker 90, with a Coal-trol and has a 100 lb hopper. Due to the slopes or lack of on the back it never can run down to empty. I average 30 lbs a day heating 2200 sq ft, 1100 sq ft @72 and 1100 sq ft @68 on average. I can go 2 days on shoulder months but find If I do not tend everyday then I forget when I did it last.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent