What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: wingswheelssnow On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:04 pm

I have a HARMAN MAGNIFIER 111 this stove is very easy to light and produces plenty of heat for my 1800sqft home keeps @ 72 on a 20degree day on low fire my daily operating costs are about $5.75 per day and I only fill 2 x a day.
wingswheelssnow
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: magnifire111

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Nevercold On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:01 pm

captcaper wrote: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.

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Hey,
I'm kicking around the idea of a second stoker in the basement. I've had a Harman DVC 500 for roughly 7-8 years. NO OTHER heat in my 2800 sf colonial. No S#it, my burnham boiler sits in its shipping crate, and 500 gallon steel oil tank sit empty. Never hooked up the hot water baseboard (factory installed, modular home). About 8 years since purchase! Pics available for proof!
I have a few cars in the basement I would like to work on this year, and could use a little heat.
Do you use the out side air option? I always thought this was a HUGE benefit of the DVC 500, which they stopped making.
Last edited by Nevercold on Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: DVC-500

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Ed.A On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:35 pm

I do find it funny that Keystoker refers to it's 105K BTU unit as suitable for a "small home". Really?? My "Small Home" is only a bit over 1600 SQ ft (living space) and my Alaska Channing III is a 75K unit, which as many know is more than enough to sweat you out in a NE winter nite.

How "small" is that 105K unit heating LOL!

Not trying to trash Keystoker by any means, but jeeze loueeze...that be alot of BTU 's and perhaps I would have bought one if I thought my 75K unit was inadequate....which is not the case.

Then of course I found my old school Stoker II which has the Tri-burner (and I love) that is rated much lower than the KS-105K but drives me to open the door to my shop on more occasions than I care to list.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

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Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:10 pm

Stokers have the ability to run through their entire heat output range. Years ago I bought a Buderus hopper fed 3115 and was told by my dealer that "You can't buy too big of a coal stove". There is some limited truth to that with a hand fed, but that was 33 years ago, also the stove was only about 50000 BTU's as well, typical for a European made product. My new Keystoker 90 is 90,000 BTUS and rarely gets challenged heating 2200 sq feet of an upgraded 60's ranch. Pretty much any single burner stoker will heat a house of 1500 sq ft or less with ease in my opinion.
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: captcaper On: Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:32 pm

Nevercold wrote:
captcaper wrote: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.

\
Hey,
I'm kicking around the idea of a second stoker in the basement. I've had a Harman DVC 500 for roughly 7-8 years. NO OTHER heat in my 2800 sf colonial. No S#it, my burnham boiler sits in its shipping crate, and 500 gallon steel oil tank sit empty. Never hooked up the hot water baseboard (factory installed, modular home). About 8 years since purchase! Pics available for proof!
I have a few cars in the basement I would like to work on this year, and could use a little heat.
Do you use the out side air option? I always thought this was a HUGE benefit of the DVC 500, which they stopped making.


No I didn't use the outside air option. Lot's of outside air coming in the cellar thru the beat up doors I have ruined carrying furniture and snow machines brought inside to work on.
captcaper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: Greyhound On: Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:18 pm

2001Sierra wrote:Stokers have the ability to run through their entire heat output range. Years ago I bought a Buderus hopper fed 3115 and was told by my dealer that "You can't buy too big of a coal stove". There is some limited truth to that with a hand fed, but that was 33 years ago, also the stove was only about 50000 BTU's as well, typical for a European made product. My new Keystoker 90 is 90,000 BTUS and rarely gets challenged heating 2200 sq feet of an upgraded 60's ranch. Pretty much any single burner stoker will heat a house of 1500 sq ft or less with ease in my opinion.


I would agree to a point, but would also add that every situation is different. My 1500 sq foot home is heated adequately with my Keystoker 105, but it struggles at times due to low insulation quality in the roof and sidewalls. I have replacement windows which were a tremendous help, but no access internally to roof without ripping walls and ceilings down, so that's a project for another day.

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: Ed.A On: Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:03 pm

Greyhound wrote:I would agree to a point, but would also add that every situation is different. My 1500 sq foot home is heated adequately with my Keystoker 105, but it struggles at times due to low insulation quality in the roof and sidewalls. I have replacement windows which were a tremendous help, but no access internally to roof without ripping walls and ceilings down, so that's a project for another day.

Rick


That makes sense. My home was built when the Electric Companies were touting their super cheap prices and easy heat, water etc.

Sometimes the early '80's wanna make me puke when I remember feeling like a complete idiot when my bill was hitting $400 a month in 1995 or so. Yeah whata deal.

Of course now when you take into account I have 6" walls, super well insulated attic and windows ( which were prerequisites of a "ALL ELECTRIC MODERN HOME" yada yada),
my Channing has no issues.

Because of it's size and being a RR, I can pretty much set it and forget it. On occasion (which we all have) I turn it down and/or crank it up...As much as I'd like to be part of Coal-Trol Club, I just can't justify it.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: What Brand of Stoker Stove is Best

PostBy: harley On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:19 am

I myself am new to coal i installed a keystoker Koker 160 and could not be happier with it i am little south of you north east of Albany the stove heats my 1800 sq feet house to 73 and keeps it there within 1 to 2 degrees the basement is about 70 degrees i would highly recomend this stove to anyone
harley
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker koker
Coal Size/Type: rice

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