Advice on Alalska, please

Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: SteelerCoal On: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:10 pm

I've committed. I'm buying a stoker.

Everything I've heard tells me coal is the way to go, and stokers are the easiest method of burning coal. That said, I researched every stoker (that I could online), and I've concluded that the Alaska Channing III would be the best stove for me. From what I have read, they are solidly built, have great controls, and a very good track record for service. Anyone have any issues that would change my mind? I'm meeting with the local distributor for Alaska tomorrow morning, and would like to know if anyone thinks I'm making a mistake or making a good purchase.

I'm installing the stove in a finished basement, and power venting. I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas from experienced coal users.

Newby
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer Top Vent

Re: Advice, please

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:29 pm

As has been said numerous times before... any unit you buy from anyone of the established manufacturers will not be a disappointment. Truthfully there is very little negative feedback from anyone about any of the major manufacturers. On a public forum like this that is really saying something, people are more likely to bitch and moan than post happy thoughts. :)

If anything you need to make sure it fits your needs.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Advice, please

PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:40 pm

Have you looked at these Jerry Makes a very cood Product an you won't find better customer sevice he is right on this forum look into these before you buy lots of info on here about there product Aswell as Coal Trol

http://www.leisurelinestoves.com/


http://www.valleystoveandfireplace.com/Products.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
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Re: Advice, please

PostBy: SteelerCoal On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:10 am

I have looked at Leisure Line. I was all set to buy the Leisure Line Pioneer Top Vent. I went to my local dealer, and liked what I saw. (however, I didn't actulally get to see a unit burning).

I called the dealer, and asked a couple questions. Then I called back, and said I was ready to buy. The dealer was going to call back, and stop to take a look at my install location. Never heard back from the dealer. The lady said they were pretty busy. I guess they don't need the $$$$ that I was going to spend with them on my new stove.

So, anyway, I looked more in depth at the LL stoves. I read some articles about plastic fans in the LL, and some louder noise on LL stoves than other stoves. So, I reconsidered my decision to purchase a LL stove. Alaska sounds like the right stove for me at this time, so I think that's the direction I'm heading. But I can't seem to get any info about Alaska on this forum.

Anyone have any feedback about their experience with Alaska?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer Top Vent

Re: Advice, please

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:42 am

Generally a good title on your topic works, Advice on what? A lot of people will never look. I edited for you. Keep that in mind for next time no matter what forum your on.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: bksaun On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:51 am

My channing III works fine.

If you type in "Channing III" in the search box you will get over 150 post on the channing, that should keep you busy for a while and answer any question you should have.

BK
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
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Re: Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:08 am

The Alaska Channing is a fine stove.. So are all the stoves currently available..

Like Richard said, if there was something wrong with a currently sold stove, you would hear about it on the internet. That said ALL motors for stokers, if equiped with a fan,, the fan is PLASTIC, Jerry at LeisureLine has a motor running on a test bench for the last 3-4 years without a fan, to see if a fan was even needed.. And the LL Hearth model where the stoker is mounted on the side of the stove will for obvious reasons be noisier than a stove with the stoker mounted on the back, up against the wall, facing away from people's ears..

If you get the Alaska Channing,, get the Coal trol control,, it is the state of the art stoker stove controler.

Greg L
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Re: Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: Jerry & Karen On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:19 pm

Hi ,
Just a word on the plastic fans. We have not used the fans for 2/3 yrs now. We found that with the coal trol they are no longer needed. The time that the motor operates is much less then before. Also with the fan (being used to cool the motor) it sometimes worked in reverse. With the fan throwing air across the motor, it also through dust. The dust would insulate the motor from the cooling air and the motor would run hotter. Strange but true !
Jer
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Re: Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: syncmaster On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:27 pm

new2coal wrote:I'm installing the stove in a finished basement, and power venting. I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas from experienced coal users.

Newby


I don't own a coal stove but from alot of reading about it , I get the impression that power venting is not a great set up.
I think you have to clean the ash off it every 2 months or you get vibration. some say it is a real pain in the A$$.
You might be better off saving the $600.00 for a power vent and biting the bullet and install a SS chimney.

As far a LL stoves. The stove is very good and I am sure they are really busy with calls.
I would have bought the pioneer top vent but I decided to order a harman VF3000 boiler.
I like the idea of having a nice evenly heated house.

Just something to think about.....
syncmaster
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: harmanVF3000 Coal/oil option
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Re: Advice on Alalska, please

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:44 pm

Hi newtocoal,my first year burning coal,still learning things but for my two cents.i have my koker power vented,not totally impressed with setup buttt!for the price of chimmeney or ss pipe it is an affordable option.i have found there is some smell outside (sulfur)that my bother you or neighbor if they are close.i ran power vent for 5 months no problems just took a rubber mallet outside to tap on shroud,dust flew!! the exaust also killed all grass in the area.just some info on my experiance.i will eventually have block chimmeny for stove,but for now cheap alternative.goodluck!!!
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