What's the best stoker IYO

What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: tight-group On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:33 pm

Just wondering what you would choose for a furnace application
and why with 150K being the minimum also the aprox cost new .
tight-group
 
Stove/Furnace Make: NEWMAC
Stove/Furnace Model: wg-100

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:56 pm

Van-Wert but since they don't make them anymore I'd have to go with EFM. The auger feed is the big selling point there.

Keystoker has coal only boilers listed at 85,000 BTU on their website unless they don't make them anymore?


http://www.keystoker.com/coaloilboilers.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:58 pm

Furnace or boiler??? heating air or water??

Just to make sure we are using the right nomenclature... do you mean a hot-air furnace.. or a hot water [or steam] boiler???

For a Furnace,, the choices are few,,Keystoker and Harman.. and non of them are 150K btu, [that I remember] but come close..

For a boiler, your choices are several,, EFM, Keystoker, AHS, AxemanAnderson, Harman and a few more..

If you are looking for a forced hot air unit,, a Furnace,, the best way to accomplish this is to use a Hot water boiler,, and use a water to air heat exchanger in the hot air plenum in the existing furnace's ductwork.. A boiler is a more controlable heat, stores residual heat, and also easily heats your Domestic hot water, which is roughly 30% of your heating bill..

There are dozend of threads on this subject.. grab an Iced Tea, or your favorite beverage and read a few pages of the stoker forums... There is a wealth of information to be read..

All The currently available coal stoker boilers and furnaces are good units.. stay away from US Stove products at your TSC, Hardware and Home Depot,, they are not good coal burners..

Hope this helps... Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

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Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:09 pm

efm does make a stoker furnace, rated up to 150K BTUH
stoker-man
 
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: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:22 pm

The EFM furnace is currently in production?? I thought they dropped production on it 10-15 years ago??

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:22 pm

So what's your choice for best stoker stoker-man? :D

The EFM furnace is currently in production?? I thought they dropped production on it 10-15 years ago??


Are you joking or still in that cave? :P Or do we have a semantical problem here? Boilers/furnace ??

http://www.efmheating.com/
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:59 pm

http://www.efmheating.com/stokerfiredfurnace.html

The furnace is in production and the re-engineered heat exchanger will drop into any of the old units without modifications.
stoker-man
 
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: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:12 pm

I'm pretty sure it was out of production for quite a few years.. I don't remember where I heard that, or read it..

I'm stil waiting to find out whether 'tight group' needs a hot air furnace, or a hot water boiler...

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: 1termite On: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:40 pm

i have a friend who is building a new boiler based on the vanwert stoker. stoker unit is made and have one boiler made and at a testing lab. will let you know how it goes.
1termite
 
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: df520

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:21 am

The best stoker ..... is the one in your basement.
Freddy
 
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: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: coal berner On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:50 am

Richard S. wrote:Van-Wert but since they don't make them anymore I'd have to go with EFM. The auger feed is the big selling point there.

Keystoker has coal only boilers listed at 85,000 BTU on their website unless they don't make them anymore?


http://www.keystoker.com/coaloilboilers.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.

The A 120 & The koker are the only to hot Air furnace you can get all othe'sr are no longer made

A 120 is 120.000 BTU's & The Koker is 160.000 Btu's


http://www.keystoker.com/koker120.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: coal berner On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:58 am

LsFarm wrote:The EFM furnace is currently in production?? I thought they dropped production on it 10-15 years ago??

Greg L


Greg If I Remember correctly they stopped making the 150A in 1986 Then they Started Making them again in Late 2006
early 2007
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: FingerLakesStoker On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:21 am

I just went through the research and as far as a boiler goes, the two best I saw were the AHS S-130 and the Keystoker KA-6. I'm using circulated hot water and an indirect hot water tank for heat and hot water respectively. I went with the Keystoker in the end because of the direct vent option and the cost was about $1500 cheaper than the AHS.
FingerLakesStoker
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6 Direct Vent

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:56 am

coal berner wrote:
LsFarm wrote:The EFM furnace is currently in production?? I thought they dropped production on it 10-15 years ago??

Greg L


Greg If I Remember correctly they stopped making the 150A in 1986 Then they Started Making them again in Late 2006
early 2007


Thanks JC,, I'm glad I wasn't imagining that !1

Greg L
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: What's the best stoker IYO

PostBy: Lumberjack On: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:44 am

I have a 3 grand koker on order ..... :)
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