New stoker owner

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: thurberk On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:14 pm

no damper, its direct vent
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Gnome 40

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:15 pm

Roger that. It the vent fan speed adjustable?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: thurberk On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:21 pm

not according to the manual, but there is an adjustment rod, it seems to be some type of valve in the small vent pipe going to the vent blower. i have it right now to where my meter says .05. If i turn it either way it goes up.
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Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:23 pm

I'm sure someone familiar with your stove will chime in soon. Right now, it sounds like you're doing well. Carry on! You do have at least one carbon monoxide detector, I hope???
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: thurberk On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:25 pm

oh definetly, i bought an extra one today before i lit it so i have 2 in the basement where the stove is and one upstairs
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Gnome 40

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:27 pm

Excellent! Enjoy the heat! :D
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: gregszustak On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:56 am

"seeing flame to the very back of the grate"

Mine is the same. Dealer said this normal when I asked him.

Exhaust fan and combustion fan run at a constant speed, only heat distribution blower and feed rate are variable.

I'm utilizing the 6" fresh air vent, if you're running in a chimney fashion you may want to open a window a bit for oxygen if your home is well sealed.
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Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: thurberk On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:57 am

greg, what does your draft run at? i cant get mine below .05. I see it fluctuate above that at times. If i move the adjustment rod in the back either way it goes up as well. I know you said above .05 youll have a hopper fire, and the book says .05 is max too. I dont want to have that thing jump up and start burning the hopper while im at work or while we are sleeping.

Im running the thing idle at 18 and theres about 2-2.5" of unburnt coal in the back of the grate. Its been running like that all night and keeping the basement at around 72 degrees. I dont have any vents cut in the floors upstairs and its keeping the house at 65-66. Its been a little want the last couple days tho, ill have to wait for another cold snap to see if im going to need some vents.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Gnome 40

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:14 am

Congrats, it sounds like you are off to a great start! :up:

The heat distribution from the stove throughout the house will be a little trial and error experiment as you learn the best way to do it for your house. In all installs that get discussed here, it seems to be consistently important to create a path for return air to flow back to the stove rather than just warm air ducting.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: gregszustak On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:15 pm

I'm using a Dwyer 460.
Draft fluctuates rapidly between 4 & 5-1/2, haven't had any problems. You may want to borrow one somehow to check the accuracy of yours.
As long as it's not burning into the hopper you should be OK.
Keep an eye on it on a windy day, not sure of your venting system.

I don't have a thermostat, can't be of any help.

When you shut it down for cleaning look inside, to the far left under the exhaust fan. You'll see the 'flap' that you're adjusting. If it's wide open it should be minimum draft.

I also have a basement setup.
I have a register hole about 10 feet from the unit. I ran 6" ductwork close to the heater, suspended by wire.
I took metal flashing, shaped it like a cone, attached it to the 6" duct close to the stove to get as much of the heat possible going upstairs.
Cold air return on the far side of the house.
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Re: New stoker owner

PostBy: thurberk On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:32 pm

ok cool, thanks. I did borrow a friends Bacharach meter before i got mine, i still have it and ive been comparing the two and they read about the same. If yours is fluctuating to 5 and a half, which is what mine is doing as well, i'm not gonna worry about it too much then. I will keep an eye on windy days tho.

I'd like to hook up that manometer i have permanently. Im just not sure drilling that test hole bigger will void my warranty. Unless i figure out another way to hook it up.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Gnome 40

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