New KA6 2014

New KA6 2014

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Tue May 20, 2014 5:52 pm

And it begins.
New KA6 Right
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4 Ton of Rice Coal
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ShawnTRD
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: tikigeorge On: Tue May 20, 2014 8:20 pm

I remember that day. You will be very satisfied with this boiler.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue May 20, 2014 9:21 pm

Beautiful!
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Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Tue May 20, 2014 10:54 pm

Is that the devil in that black tank behind the shiny new Keystoker? Will you be tearing anything out or just front end heating the water for the old oil boiler? Smart buy early summer so you can take your time and enjoy the fruits of your labor next winter :dancing:

Oh great, another one wanting winter again so he can play with his new toy :mad:
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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

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Tue May 20, 2014 11:37 pm

2001Sierra wrote:Is that the devil in that black tank behind the shiny new Keystoker? Will you be tearing anything out or just front end heating the water for the old oil boiler? Smart buy early summer so you can take your time and enjoy the fruits of your labor next winter :dancing:

Oh great, another one wanting winter again so he can play with his new toy :mad:


Yes the evil oil boiler will still be a backup. Hopefully never needed backup. Trying to figure out the best way to tie them together. My father in-law says the cheapest and easiest will be run them in series. And that the hot water from the KA6 will heat the oil boiler and keep it from running. I don't really know how that will work.
ShawnTRD
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: blrman07 On: Wed May 21, 2014 7:55 am

Having the oil backup boiler plumbed in series will give you an extra added piece of mind. Coal boilers can go for quite awhile sometimes without tending if you dial em back. However like I discovered rudely this last winter was if you get sick or hurt, can your spousal unit get the coal in the boiler and the ashes out? I was down in bed for almost two weeks with a nasty flu bug. I am so glad we had the oil boiler as a backup when we installed the coal stove in the dining room.

The coal stove was actually our primary heat and the oil hot water heating boiler the backup. It came in handy because my wife is only 4 foot nothing with breathing problems and couldn't tend the stove. I unplugged the stove and turned up the thermostats for almost two weeks and rested and healed up. When I was able to get up without seeing double of everything all was good again.

Don't take out that oil boiler. He is right....plumb the coal boiler in series and let her rip.

Rev. Larry
New Beginning Church
Ashland Pa.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
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Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed May 21, 2014 9:41 am

Glad to see you are starting the journey......before the weather is an issue. PLEASE take the time to coat your bin with your favorite rust preventative product. A couple coats......also, get the anti-seize out ( or go get some) and do the bolts, door hinges and stoker 1/2" bolts. I also ALWAYS remove the side rails on the stoker and anti-seize the bolts and nuts.......or you will play hell doing the removal in place later. If you think you ever want to remove the observation door by removing the 1/4"/20 screws, I suggest stainless bolts, no screwhead fasteners, and perhaps you will get lucky if you ever need to remove them. 3/4" are plenty long enough. Aluminum and steel are not a good chemistry match over time....in an acidic HOT environment. Don't forget to anti-seize the two screws that hold the hopper on......and you might like to add 3/8" by 1/2" hex head by 1/2" long bolts. I ask if the factory has some protocol that makes the fastener issue a PITA, and they laugh. it AIN'T rocket science, just trying to make your job easier.......down the road........ Enjoy.......and line up some good coal...very soon.

If you are one of those who rams right into things without reading the directions......please don't this time. Remember to check the gearbox before operation, they are shipped dry. One other very important thing is to set the boiler up on bricks or blocks if there is any chance of water . No moving parts would be harmed anyway, unless it were over 16" deep, but it keeps the jacket from contact with the floor, so rusting is not issue.....little things that show up later.`
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Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Wed May 21, 2014 10:42 am

Yes if you look it's already on blocks. I will look into making sure the bolts are good strong quality with anti-seize.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: tikigeorge On: Wed May 21, 2014 8:18 pm

I'm not a heating guy but in parallel I think is the way you need to go. I had my system that way. You can use the oil boiler or coal boiler. Just close two valves and open two valves.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: oliver power On: Fri May 23, 2014 6:25 am

You will be :) :) :) :) :D next winter...........
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Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Thu May 29, 2014 1:08 am

Just thinking... Should I do anything to protect my new boiler this humid summer? I would like to avoid any rusting.
ShawnTRD
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: Dirty Steve On: Thu May 29, 2014 4:10 pm

ShawnTRD wrote:Just thinking... Should I do anything to protect my new boiler this humid summer? I would like to avoid any rusting.

I turn on an incadescent bulb and leave it on all summer. A trouble light. Shove it in and shut all the doors. Keep your chimney pipe OFF and cover that hole also. Paper plate and tape.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Oil- Off line
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Thu May 29, 2014 4:28 pm

Dirty Steve wrote:
ShawnTRD wrote:Just thinking... Should I do anything to protect my new boiler this humid summer? I would like to avoid any rusting.

I turn on an incadescent bulb and leave it on all summer. A trouble light. Shove it in and shut all the doors. Keep your chimney pipe OFF and cover that hole also. Paper plate and tape.


Not installed yet. No door on it. Could install the doors though.
ShawnTRD
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: tikigeorge On: Thu May 29, 2014 8:38 pm

You need to have heat inside the ash area/ coal fire. This will keep the humidity out.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: New KA6 2014

PostBy: Paulie On: Sat May 31, 2014 7:33 am

Rock On-good luck!
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