I'll be darned. And I thought it was only the Kaa-2 that had the stove style stoker.europachris wrote:FingerLakesStoker wrote:Here's a picture of my Keystoker KA-6 Direct Vent. Newly installed and runs great. Keeps my 2400 sqft ranch nice and toasty.
Has anyone else noticed that his KA-6 has the stove-derived stoker rather than the "old school" Keystoker stoker? I just did a double-take on the picture, but sure enough, that is NOT the "classic" Keystoker stoker.
Here is a pic of another members KA-6 with the "old school" stoker a little further back in this thread:
Is it a cost-cutting move from Keystoker or is it due to the fact that FingerLakesStoker has a direct vent model and Ambajejus Lake has a dual fuel, standard vent model? I'm going to go on a limb and say it's because of the direct vent and it's inability to deal with big draft changes (speaking from experience). The stove-based stoker has the single fan for combustion that runs 100% of the time, and with that, you set up the direct vent to provide your draft setting. The "old school" stoker has the little "helper" fan, but then the main fan kicks in when the stoker runs. That's going to cause a big difference in draft with the fixed-draft capability direct vent unit.
I just found it interesting as I would have never expected the KA-6 to be able to be equipped with the stove style stoker.