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
, I think Dave is correct that you want the furnace design having the insulated jacket around the stoker directing the heat to the ductwork.