PostBy: harley On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 12:46 am

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
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker koker
Coal Size/Type: rice

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Re: Koker

PostBy: McGiever On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 1:07 am

SMITTY! Calling Smitty...he's our resident expert on this subject. :roll:

Welcome happy to have you as a new member here :D
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Koker

PostBy: samhill On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 9:32 am

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.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: Koker

PostBy: Sting On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 9:47 am

Just a thought

If your boiler gets as much water table as those of the "Titanic" ----> it may not do well

only YOU know your basement and then plan for that! You will be fine if you do!

Kind Regards
Other Heating: OBSO Lennox Pulse "Air Scorcher" burning NG

Re: Koker

PostBy: LiftedAWDAstro On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 10:30 am

My basement is quite wet as well. All my appliances are on a cement block. The bottom of the Koker will have some 1/2" square stock to keep it off the flat concrete. Set these on your blocks.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker

Re: Koker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 11:54 am

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:




Even stainless steel is no match!



Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Koker

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 12:00 pm

SMITTY, see if you can get the frog to slime some of that for ya. It might help! :D
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Koker

PostBy: oilman On: Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 7:47 pm

amen to the cleaning.

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