Keystoker 90 first time firing

Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: h8fulhilbily On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:04 am

Pickup my ketstoker 90 today and got it sitting ready to punch a hole threw the roof in the morning to install my chimmeny.any tips from those of ya'll more knowlegable than myself( being an amatur) for firing this stove up for the first time ...do's, don'ts, tips and what to watch fors as far as firing for the first time.
P.S. i can't wait to feel the heat......................
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90k

Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: coalstoves On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:10 am

It's gona stink fer awhile till the paint and oils burn off maybe even a haze in the air, be prepared, move pet birds to a fresh air location .
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: h8fulhilbily On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:14 am

wow never thought about that ........... :shock:
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:19 am

How are you going to light the fire?? Did you get some 'coal mice' or fire starter bags from the dealer?? Or is this a used stove??

You can use a 2-3" long piece of road flare on the grate, light it and cover with a handfull of coal, and start the fans running, this is how I started the fire in the flat-grate stoves I had.

Or you can use some BBQ charcoal. Break two or three cubes of charcoal into pieces about 1/2" round, and put in a can, add some rubbing alcohol. The coal will soak up the Isopropyl alcohol, and make them easy to light. Put a handfull of the soaked charcoal on the grate, light the charcoal, and add a handfull of rice anthracite up against and slightly over the coarcoal, start the fans running..

Or if you have 'coal mice' put on on the grate, light it's 'tail' and cover the mouse with a handfull of rice coal.. start the fans.

As said above, if the stove is new, the stove body will smoke and stink some as the paint cures and the oil on the steel burns off, so plan on opening a window or two till the stove has 'cured' the paint.

Hope this helps..

Greg L
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: h8fulhilbily On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:52 am

The stove is new. I got a bag of starter coal with the stove.Had planed on using that. If all else fails i figured i could break out the propane torch. Does it matter where i install my baro damper in line in the stove pipe? The manual say straight off the stove then add pipe to that dase it make a differeance and if so why?
Everything should be preset as for the timmers and feed adjustment on the stove for firing it up right?
thanks for all the adivce guys been a big help.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90k

Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: h8fulhilbily On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:55 am

All by the way ......How long is this thing gonna stink up the house ....ie should i send the wife and kids out to shop for awhile? :shock: :(
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: spc On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:56 am

My wife complained more about the Match Lite BBQ charcoal I used to start the fire :blah: but the paint smell wasn't too bad.
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:47 pm

You can add the barometric damper anywhere in the flue pipe between the stove and the chimney.

I like the setup that wood 'n coal uses shown in this thread: What am I doing wrong? Too much coal being used

With the baro set in the 'Tee' you can look in the flue pipe with a flashlight every few weeks to see if the fly ash accumulation warrants a cleaning or not. And if it does, just use a shop vac through the damper opening. Makes chimney flue maintenance really simple and easy.

Greg L
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:55 pm

Keystoker instructions say to turn the feed adjustment all the way out until you get the coal started and burning well. Then turn the feed in I think 8 turns. Then you now have to watch the fire and check if you have enough or too much feed. You now can start playing around with the air adjustments and timers until you get it set just right.

It may take all day to finally have it set to where is is almost automatic.

As far as the smell, you can put a small fan in a window of the room to draw it out. Just make sure you don't screw up the draft by the fan running.

I'm sure the wife would love it if you sent her shopping.............


Rick
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:00 pm

Mine smelled for about an hour, just opened a couple of windows.

My dealer told me to turn the feed adjustment all the way IN (clockwise) and backed out 2 full turns to start.
I started it there and then turned it out a few more turns and seems to work nicely, you can adjust in or out to make sure you are not pushing hot coals off the end when really burning.

Do it have a remote thermostat or coaltrol?, you need to hook it up about 8-12 feet away.
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: h8fulhilbily On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:23 pm

The T87 round non digital termostat is the 1 that came with the stove



gee i must have got a different manual than yours...... :x
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:39 pm

I swapped mine out for the Digital Setback type from my local hardware store.

My Keystoker is 3 years old now. I don't know if I even check the manual for the factory settings.
My dealer told me how to set it up and I lit it and burned the first time.!! :)
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: upstate On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:09 pm

When you start the coal be sure to place starter on the back half of the grate over the holes. Further back the better so it doesnt get pushed off the grate. Have your feed adjustment all the way in to start. When the coal is burning all the way across the grate, start turning the knob counter clockwise out about 7-8 full turns. Keep an eye on it as you may be able to adjust further. Send the wife out when you start the stove or shell hate it even before it heats the house. Open the windows and use some fans to let out the smoke and smell from the paint.
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: coalstoves On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:35 pm

I'd stay away from the fan idea till you know better the dynamics of the chimney too easy to get a back draft, tell everybody what your going to do if they want to go out, then just light the damn thing the bad stuff clears in a couple of hours with a little trace in the air that something happened for about 5 or six hours open an upstairs window fer about half an hour after the fire is going good and stable heat will carry the stink . If they decide to stay home and watch I always found it helpful to look very upset and maybe even throw something. It helps avoid stupid questions .
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Re: Keystoker 90 first time firing

PostBy: ken On: Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:53 pm

lmao :D that was good one. gl h8 , you'll get her dialed in. take your time with burning the coal. adjustments take time to notice.
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