What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

PostBy: chuckieb On: Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:54 pm

What kinds of small stoker hot air stove/furnaces would work for my wood shop? Details:
    Need to use outside air since the shop is very tightly sealed. R19 walls, R50+ in ceiling
    Shop is 24x27x10ft ceiling
    Does not need to be fancy looking, just functional
    Exhaust could be preferably vented out the side

I have a keystoker with coal-Trol for the house, so I wanted to use the rice coal also in the shop. I am using a 220V garage heater in the shop; set for about 50-53F. The mrs is alarmed at the last elec bill of $100 more in a month. :)
chuckieb
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker
Coal Size/Type: rice

Re: What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:39 pm

I would suggest to get the same unit or as close to it as possible.

I have the same older version harman mag stoker in the workshop as I do in the basement. On idle it keeps the 24 x 20 insulated shop at 70+ even on the coldest days. Maintenance is the same, gaskets are the same size, fans are the same, controller is the same....gives you an on site emergency spare parts source in case you ever need it for the house.

Then once you get the matching unit for the workshop you will want to get the third unit to have as spare parts for those two in operation....don't ask me how i know!!
titleist1
 
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: What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

PostBy: katman On: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:28 am

I'd agree with titleist1 on trying to get the same unit but you said you think you need something that relies on outside air for combustion--this may limit your selection options. If that is not a critical issue, I used an old triburner stoker in my uninsulated barn (30x40x12) and it managed to keep temps in the workable range of about 50 on cold days. Not very efficient, though. I have my booiler out there now and it throws a little heat. I also picked up an old magnum. If I turn that up a bit it will get the place toasty.
katman
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum
Other Heating: Harman PB 105 Pellet Boiler

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Re: What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:59 am

regarding the outside air.... i think it is a good idea no matter where the install.

i have a simple 4" pvc pipe run to the combustion air intake on mine. I have a screened vent on the end of the pipe for critter control. The 4" size covers the entire intake on mine, you may need a different size for your fan.
titleist1
 
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: What small stoker options do I have for a wood shop?

PostBy: chuckieb On: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:24 pm

The keystoker company said they could make a cold air intake for the new "Koker Lite". It may be a bigger unit than I need, I will have to check it out. :)
chuckieb
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker
Coal Size/Type: rice

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