What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:55 am

Hitzer makes a stoker that is double-walled on the top and sides which is very efficient. Their model 710 furnace has a 150,000 btu stoker, 160lb stainless steel hopper and a 1,000cfm blower. It is also priced below most other stoker furnaces.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:45 pm

The best stoker bar none is the one you just bought to get rid of your oil habit! :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: captcaper On: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:17 pm

The Stoker will be in the basement and near my work area so I don't want alot of heat in there...I want a blower system I can hook up to directly if possible. I think the Harman Stoker does this for one. Not sure about the other brands. I don't want a furnace type I believe.
I've been burning hand fired coal for 18 or 19 years now..should of bought a stoker when I bought my Harman MKIII 6 years ago. But I'm the old school. Power goes out we can still use it. Cheaper.etc. boy do I regret not getting a Stoker...
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

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Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Lee1 On: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:23 am

Bought a used Alaska channing 3, power vented. Its a great stove, basic, cleans easy, will burn wet coal can get at to replace parts !
Lee1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing 3

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:22 am

captcaper wrote:The Stoker will be in the basement and near my work area so I don't want alot of heat in there...I want a blower system I can hook up to directly if possible. I think the Harman Stoker does this for one. Not sure about the other brands. I don't want a furnace type I believe.
I've been burning hand fired coal for 18 or 19 years now..should of bought a stoker when I bought my Harman MKIII 6 years ago. But I'm the old school. Power goes out we can still use it. Cheaper.etc. boy do I regret not getting a Stoker...



If you don't want a lot of heat in the basement. Then a furnace is your best bet because of the insulation and jackets force most heat to the duct work. Just a thought.
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:37 am

captcaper wrote:The Stoker will be in the basement and near my work area so I don't want alot of heat in there...I want a blower system I can hook up to directly if possible. I think the Harman Stoker does this for one. Not sure about the other brands. I don't want a furnace type I believe.
I've been burning hand fired coal for 18 or 19 years now..should of bought a stoker when I bought my Harman MKIII 6 years ago. But I'm the old school. Power goes out we can still use it. Cheaper.etc. boy do I regret not getting a Stoker...


I have a Harman Mag stoker in my 20 x 24 workshop that has an insulated floor, walls & ceiling. I have the duct coming off the top of the stoker and all distribution airflow is directed through this duct (6" round metal) to the upstairs (20 x 44). In the workshop, the radiant heat coming off the stove can drive you into your underwear if the upstairs is calling for heat regularly. If the thermostat is not calling for heat and it is just running in idle mode then it stays in the low 70's in the workshop from the radiant heat.

Based on my sample size of one :roll: , I think Dave is correct that you want the furnace design having the insulated jacket around the stoker directing the heat to the ductwork.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: captcaper On: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:53 am

titleist1 wrote:
captcaper wrote:The Stoker will be in the basement and near my work area so I don't want alot of heat in there...I want a blower system I can hook up to directly if possible. I think the Harman Stoker does this for one. Not sure about the other brands. I don't want a furnace type I believe.
I've been burning hand fired coal for 18 or 19 years now..should of bought a stoker when I bought my Harman MKIII 6 years ago. But I'm the old school. Power goes out we can still use it. Cheaper.etc. boy do I regret not getting a Stoker...


I have a Harman Mag stoker in my 20 x 24 workshop that has an insulated floor, walls & ceiling. I have the duct coming off the top of the stoker and all distribution airflow is directed through this duct (6" round metal) to the upstairs (20 x 44). In the workshop, the radiant heat coming off the stove can drive you into your underwear if the upstairs is calling for heat regularly. If the thermostat is not calling for heat and it is just running in idle mode then it stays in the low 70's in the workshop from the radiant heat.

Based on my sample size of one :roll: , I think Dave is correct that you want the furnace design having the insulated jacket around the stoker directing the heat to the ductwork.


My ceiling isn't insulated and heat does pass threw it of course. My floor is concrete. The stove would be at the opposite end of the house...35ft away. I wonder if I made a petition of some type as this would help if the demand upstairs made it too warm for me. The center stair way should let lot's of air up and cold air down. The heat would rise from the petitoned area with stove up the stair well.
captcaper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Billg On: Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:25 pm

My 2 cents. I have a keystoker koker 160,(160,000btu's) stoker stove. It is an automatic stove and is a doubled wall stoker with a blower attached. I had a plenum made to connect to duct work to move the heat around. The stoker is in the basement, close to the bottom of the stairs. Right now the stairs provide the cold air return. This was my first year burning coal and I have no complaints at all. I have the thermostat set to 72 all winter and it keeps the house nice and warm. Most of the heat is moved upstairs and confined to the area around the stove in the basement. There is some radiant heat in the basement but it stays about 65 - 68 degrees in the basement, gets warmer closer to the stove. Did I mention that I had cut my heating bill in half by not burning oil and the house is actually much warmer with the coal.
Billg
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Key Stoker Koker
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: jj cops On: Fri May 31, 2013 3:21 am

I am using leisure line stoker stove since last one year. It is very perfect to use and manage. It is very effective to control code. It also mange my all budget. It is very cost effective.
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Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Greyhound On: Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:39 am

While realizing every situation is different, i will echo what has already been said about having a stove next to your workbench. I have my Keystoker 105 directly ducted into the hot air ductwork, but it is still VERY warm in the basement near the stove, especially on colder or windier days when the upstairs is calling for more heat. My basement is uninsulated rock & block walls, with a low ceiling. I will also be making the decision with a new house in the near future and I am definitely leaning towards a boiler for all the reasons specified.

Rick
Greyhound
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 105
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Lenox Oil HA, Heat Pump

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: tikigeorge On: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:49 pm

Don't forget about Keystoker! If the furnace works as good as the boiler, :D
tikigeorge
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Frackstoker On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:45 am

Keystoker!
Frackstoker
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90
Coal Size/Type: Rice - Blaschak
Other Heating: Oil Boiler

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:14 am

For those dead set on a Keystoker, they have a new model called the Koker Lite which is 105k btu's with a 1,000 cfm blower.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: captcaper On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:28 pm

Why my Super Mag of course...I've finally had a chance to get the new Harman Super Mag Stoker running for 2 weeks. The reason I think it's the best is. I"m impressed with that it channels all the forced hot air upstairs so I don't have extra heat in my work area because the front air openings can be blocked completely with their blocking kit allowing all forced air to transit the duct work from on top of the stove. Also the distribution blower filter's ease of access under the stove and common style filter. Tried and true common blower motors. I have the same one and still running after long NH winters 24/7 til April. The latches and hinges down to the Ash Pan is first rate. Ease of access to all internal parts. Far cry from the Chubby's,Scandian Stoves,Pot Bellys,Parlour types I used to run over the years. Just amazing build design and quality.
Temps have ranged these past weeks from mid 20's to 65 deg.F. This stove idles down to almost nothing but will heat up fast as temps drop outside.
The room sensor is a simple idea and keeps the living area to within a degree 24/7 it seems. No fancy thermostats needed.
It was simple to setup and simple to control. As mentioned in my other posts I'm quite impressed with the build quality and with Harmans customer service. And that they have many many dealers around my state and neighboring states. Haman Corp also answered my 2 emails on questions I had on the probe and the fire brick placement behind the grates in a timely manor.
captcaper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Frackstoker On: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:55 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:For those dead set on a Keystoker, they have a new model called the Koker Lite which is 105k btu's with a 1,000 cfm blower.


Saw that on their website. Looks good, but that sturdy look of the original koker can't be beat. Would love to get one but I'd be cheating the specs as it's a little big for the area where my chimney hook up is.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90
Coal Size/Type: Rice - Blaschak
Other Heating: Oil Boiler

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