Which boiler to buy?

Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sat May 17, 2008 11:58 pm

I'm also looking to get the K6. I was informed a few days ago it would be around $5,100, tax included. The price went up five percent. As far as the rice coal, it also went up. It's now $310 a ton. Still alot cheaper than oil! #2 oil is now $4.29 a gallon up here in the sticks. I will be getting the boiler and coal through Pelletier Florist in Fort Kent. I called Keystoker to try to get a direct ship from the company, but they told me I had to go through a dealer.

Bob
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: tiz On: Tue May 20, 2008 7:33 pm

Hi,
I'm new and considering a hard coal stoker boiler. How about some advice from those of you who know from experence. What is the best? Keystoker K-6, Harman VF3000, Axeman-Anderson 130M, Alternate Heating Systems S130,or EFM DF 520? I live in PA so all these MFGRs are available. Thanks Carl
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Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue May 20, 2008 7:58 pm

Hi Carl,, there are no poor stoker coal boilers currently in production, It depends on your heating needs, desires for coal hopper, ashpan size, and boiler footprint.. Read through this stoker/boiler forum for several pages,, you will learn a lot.

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
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Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue May 20, 2008 10:27 pm

Another Mainer! I think we're going to see a bunch of converts this year. I'm one!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Which boiler to buy? Thinking add-on unit

PostBy: olde_newengland On: Thu May 22, 2008 5:10 am

Hi.. I just registered for this forum as I've become VERY interested in burning coal instead of oil. I'll pretty much do anything to get out of the strangle hold of the middle-east! I've done quite a bit of reading/research online about burning coal and still remain ignorant on the subject. I found an add-on coal boiler online made by New Yorker. It looks very interesting. Does anyone have any experience with this company and this particular line of products? They have two different models. A 90,000 btu/hr and a 130,000 btu/hr. They look like they are strictly hand fed. I live in rural N. Central Mass., about one mile from the NH line and it does get very cold here. I spent $2800 this year on heating oil and I turned the upstairs zone OFF. The house is a 2200 sf. colonial and is 25 yrs. old. Not sure if I'd need the 90,000 or 130,000 unit. The literature states it burns wood and/or coal, but I would burn coal only. It also states that it burns pea or chestnut anthracite. I do have an unused lined flue available. I haven't even checked around to see if I can get anthracite coal around here, but I am assuming that I can. Is anthracite as clean as I've read?

I know I'm rambling here but am looking for guidance. Any thoughts, suggestions would be very much appreciated!

Thanks,
Rick
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Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Thu May 22, 2008 7:14 am

Anthracite burns cleanly with no smoke.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Which boiler to buy? Thinking add-on unit

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu May 22, 2008 8:29 am

olde_newengland wrote:I found an add-on coal boiler online made by New Yorker. It looks very interesting. Does anyone have any experience with this company and this particular line of products? They have two different models. A 90,000 btu/hr and a 130,000 btu/hr. They look like they are strictly hand fed.


I believe another member here has a New Yorker and yes they are hand fired. The only thing dirty about coal is when you move it. Before you burn it, there is the risk of getting black dust all over everything. If you wet it, no dust. After you burn it, you have grey/white ash to spread around if not careful. As far as smoke, there is none. My oil burner puffs a slight cloud @ startup, I have never ever seen anything visible from the chimney on anthracite, not even water vapor at -15*.
No one will ever know your saving tons of money, they will think your freezing to death while your sitting in your shorts with sweat rolling down your face. :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: olde_newengland On: Sat May 24, 2008 10:28 am

It's getting even more confusing. I had a heating guy over a couple of days ago and he wants to install an indirect water tank/heater onto my oil boiler before I go to coal. He say it'll save me a tank and a half of oil per year. 35 gallon stainless steel tank installed for $2700.. Sounds like a lot to me with a longer payback period than installing a coal add-on. I've looked at some other coal burners besides the New Yorker. Harmon SF-160, Royall 6130. Not sure the Royall is an add-on though. The Harmon only has a 5 year warranty, the Royall 20 years, and the New Yorker 10 years. Any other brands I should look at?

Thanks,
Rick
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Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sat May 24, 2008 1:02 pm

An Ergomax indirect has a better system. It's almost impossible to run out of hot water with them. Indirects do save oil because the standby loss is only 1/2 degree per hour, much less than the boiler. The newer Ergomax acts as a buffer to your system. Return water from the rads and hot water boiler both pass thru the tank, which is lifetime gaurantee with a solid reputation.

I am a latecomer to signing on to the indirect heaters, but I have seen the light.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

Re: Which boiler to buy?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sat May 24, 2008 1:05 pm

In addition, I have a hand-fired old efm wood/coal boiler and I will be hooking up an Ergomax to use with it. I'm going to be testing a design change at my home.

If you are going to use coal instead of oil, I'm not sure I would spend the money on any indirect because it's still cheap to heat with coal.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
Other Heating: Hearthstone wood stove

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