Feeder Setting - Alaska Chaining

Feeder Setting - Alaska Chaining

PostBy: kkresge On: Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:51 am

I have been burning coal for over 5 years, I have been using the thermostat control dial that came with the stove which require manual setting (never the best). Just purchased the coal trol been looking at them for a couple years.

Neal was great in helping me get it installed since my stove required some wiring changes to get the feeder to operate. My Question does anyone have a min and max feeder rate for the Chaining stove? The one listed in the book for a Alaska paddle feeder is 6 MIN - 30 Max.

I found that the stove is not heating the house at the Max rate of 30, I've increased it to 40 and that seems to be doing the trick. Reading some other forum posting it is strongly recommended using the settings in the manual. Temps outside have only been in the upper 20's and low 30's when I installed the coal trol system - Not sure what will happen when the temp drops down to the single digits or teens. Previously I only had to increase the dial on the thermostat to 3 or 3.5 at those temps.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska Chaining III
Coal Size/Type: Rice

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Re: Feeder Setting - Alaska Chaining

PostBy: scoobydoo On: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:02 pm

I think you just need to tinker with it until it's running the way you want.Don't be to worried about what the factory settings are supposed to be.I have a LL Pioneer and the factory settings are 6 and 36(I think).I have them at 4 and 26 and it's running the way I want.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer LE top vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Feeder Setting - Alaska Chaining

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:30 pm

Every situation is different and depending on the gearing, worn components, those are just recommended setting to start with in the manual.
Everyone usually tweaks them to their liking.

When it gets colders, and you are calling for heat and your FR=99, it should burning pretty good with approx. 1" of ash at the end. if you have hot coals falling off, the MAX needs to come down a few points at a time, let the stove settled out and only make SMALL changes at a time and WAIT. Coal takes a lot of time to respond. However, IF you have approx 1" or MORE of ash at full burn (FR=99), then you can increase the max a few points and see what happens. You'll find the right settings with trying a few different settings.

On the MIN side, if you don;'t have a good IDLE burn or your draft is a little low, you can bump the setting up to 7, 8, 9 depending, but only make small changes and wait at least an hour or more to check it and before you make any more changes.

Good luck, you'll get it dialed in soon. and then you'll be good to go. :)

my LL stove is running at min 8 and max 48.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Feeder Setting - Alaska Chaining

PostBy: pvolcko On: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:07 am

The manual settings are just the defaults. They are picked to make sure the stove stays going at idle and isn't likely to be pushing hot coals off the end at full burn. The tolerances during construction, motor speed variance, etc. all mean that you should go through the process of determining your ideal MIN and MAX settings.

After lighting and getting the stove going:
For MIN: Go to MIN setting and leave things alone for 30-60 minutes or so. Let the fire settle to the MIN setting. Once settled, adjust the setting down a point and leave alone for 20 minutes. Check again, if still room to bump down, bump it down a point. You should be able to get it so the fire is basically the width of a pencil or so across the entire grate. IF you go to far, bump it back up a point or two, settle and get it back to where it will burn reliably at idle.

For MAX: Do the same but on the MAX setting screen. Bump up your MAX setting a 2-4 points at a time until you see hot coals very close or falling off the edge of the grate, then back it down 5 points and let it all settle. Tweak the setting until you get about 1" of ash at the edge of the grate and a full bed of fire.

During spring and fall you may find you need to adjust MIN up a few points (especially if you're using a natural draft chimney, not usually needed if running a power vent setup). MAX may need to be cut by half or more during the spring and fall if you find the temperature is overshooting severely. Usually this time of year through March or so you can leave things at your full ideal settings though.

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