Keystoker KA-6 or Alaska Kast Console two haerth model

Keystoker KA-6 or Alaska Kast Console two haerth model

PostBy: majortom6x On: Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:20 pm

Which will be best for my house setup? I have a split level tudor(3 floor levels). Two car garage(unheated) is located below third floor bedrooms on the west wing(24x40 ft). From the garage you enter a family room (22x13 ft) . From family room a set of 4 stairs take you to the 2nd floor living area (26x26 ft) consisting of a kitchen , living room & dining area. The 2nd floor area's floor level is 36 inches higher tha hte family room floor.The Alaska Kast Console herth model would sit on an outside wall and the family room stairs are located 25 to 30 ft from this location. Concerned that Alaska will not get heat to drop down the 36 inches to heat the family room. The 1st and 2nd floor plans are very open design. Centrally located and directly across( 26 ft away) from the Alaska is a stairwell to the 3rd floor wing . The third floor is 24X40 with three bedrooms and a bathroom. About 2000 sq ft total.Both the master bedroom & bathroom doors are located right at top of stairwell in an open area but a small hallway to front two bedrooms. Again my concerns are that the Alaska won't get heat to family room (level 1) and will heat get to front two bedrooms?
I know the Keystoker will do the job well in series with existing oil burner located in cellar area accessable only thru unheated garage (actually garage stays above freezing from oil boiler residual heat).
I have a boiler certified, licensed relative to keep boiler installation price to only parts.
I figure the Keystoker will be paid for in 3 seasons and saving money from there on out. The unknown is what the Alaska may do for my house layout in terms of delivering heat and reducing annual oil consumption. I use about 200 gals oil to heat my hot water for months when heat is off.
Cost Alaska est $2300 and Keystoker $5700 max installed in series with circulator.
I am leaning to Keystoker, even though it will be Feb 09 delivery, and all I need is to hear that Alaska Hearth may not do what I need done.
P.S. I have the 3rd clay flu chimney in place so both oil burner & coal burner will be connected to it's own flu.
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Re: Keystoker KA-6 or Alaska Kast Console two haerth model

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:03 pm

You will be much happier with the coal boiler, it will be mostly out of sight, just a small chore to do in the garage each night. It will heat your domestic hot water for about a ton of coal for the summer,, [about $2-300, instead of $800+ for oil].

If you read the many threads on the forums about folks trying to move the heat from a stove around a house, you will see that while some are happy and get good, relatively even heat, many do not.. With your boiler and hot water system, this IS the distribution system.. so you will have the same degree of comfort as you have now,, only for about 1/4 to 1/3 the money.

Keep looking for a used boiler, and if you find either a used boiler or a used stove buy it, and put it to use for this season,, sell in next spring to upgrade to what you ultimately want...

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Re: Keystoker KA-6 or Alaska Kast Console two haerth model

PostBy: majortom6x On: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:44 am

Thanks for the advice. My common sense says boiler will provide the most comfortable , reliable and economical heat . Would by the KA-6 in a heartbeat if available this Fall . Any thoughts on how many tons of coal to heat my 2000 sq ft , 3 zone house per year using KA-6? I used about 850 Gals # 2 oil last year.
Will the Keystoker KA-6 work like my oil fired boiler as far as saving fuel by keeping different zones at lower settings or because the coal is always burning is it best to just set all zones at a given temperature? In other words as my system calls for more or less heat will the KA-6 automatically respond to use more or less coal /burn hotter or cooler? If so is it varying the coal feed speed or the draft using a blower?
Hope not to many questions , just trying to learn more about solid fuel boiler systems.
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Re: Keystoker KA-6 or Alaska Kast Console two haerth model

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:27 pm

You can plumb any coal boiler to run with the same zones, thermostats and controls like you have now..

You can roughly calculate 180 gallons of oil equals one ton of coal..

Greg L
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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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