I am new to heating with coal and am installing a keystoker koker 160 on occasion i do get a small amount of water in the basement i would like to know if it ok to put the koker up on blocks has anyone ever done this
I have a 160 & when installed it went on the 1in. patio blocks just to keep air circulation underneath & prevent moisture build up between the metal & concrete off season. It's never a good idea to put metal (especially a large flat surface directly on concrete), if you have the room I see no reason why it couldn't go higher just make sure you can still get the proper angles for duct & exhaust & don't forget you still have to load the hopper.
Blocks are fine - we get a little water here too ....
The main thing to remember is, at the end of the season, you **MUST** thoroughly clean and OIL the unit from top to bottom, and bring the cleaned chimney connector pipe into a warm, dry area to be stored. Otherwise you will see rust on a scale that you've never seen before! Keep up with maintenance and you won't have a problem.
We've been burning down there for the past 9 seasons:
This is what will happen if you leave it uncleaned and un-oiled in the basement all summer long: