Keystoker H.F. hopper info

Keystoker H.F. hopper info

PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:02 am

Hello all
I have just purchased and instauled a new Keystoker gravity fed 90K btu stove ( H.F. hopper) as they call it. I was wondering if there was anybody out there with any experience using one of these stoves. I have searched this forum from one end to the other and fail to see anything on keystoker gravity fed stoves. I was looking to buy a Hitzer, as many of my friends rave about how easy they are to control. I was at the local coal supply outfit shopping for the Hitzer when I came across the Keystoker hopper fed stove. My wife liked the looks of the Keystoker over the Hitzer, so I bought the Keystoker. This is also the first gravity fed stove I have ever owned. Is there any real advantage to the hopper feed over the traditional batch loaded stove? Any information would be wonderfull. Cant wait for it to get cold so I can play with the new toy.
SemperFi
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:07 am

Post some photos, both of the stove and the firebox.. I wasn't aware that Keystoker made a hopper [gravity] fed stove.. Hitzer and Alaska were the only ones I knew of. Is this a new product from Keystoker??

The advantage of a hopper feed is that you can store coal in the gravity feed hopper prior to it getting onto the grate and being burnt.. depending on the size of the hopper, and the rate that the stove is burning coal, the hopper may extend the loading/coal filling time by a factor of 2... so once a day instead of twice a day like most hand feed stoves.

Greg L

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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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PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:33 pm

This is the first time I have attempted to post a pic. so I hope this works.
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:36 pm

I think I allmost got this camera thing figured out now.
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:40 pm

Here are the grates.
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:41 pm

That's a very nice looking stove,, I didn't know Keystoker offered a hopper fed stove,, how much do they cost?? I'm currious how they compare to the Hitzer hopper feed stoves.


Greg L.

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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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PostBy: jpen1 On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:52 pm

Greg they started building them around 2000 or 2001 . I talked to jim from keystoker (as he had the prototype at the bloom fair that year)about them when i bought the pellet stove. The wife talked me out of it :roll: and into the so called cleaner heat.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: 110 Boiler

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PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:04 pm

Greg, I payed $1,876 after New York state sales tax. Is Keystoker a good brand? I read very little about hand fired Keystokers on this sight. I bought what was available on the store floor at that time. I think the Keystoker looks better built than the Hitzer but looks have nothing to do with performance. My buddies still think I should have bought a Hitzer like they did. I guess im the oddball.
SemperFi
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:24 pm

semper
fi,i bought a keystoker koker last season. it is great,no experience with the hitzer stoves or gravity feeds but if your gravity fed heats as well as my koker does you should be very happy.that is a nice looking stove and your friends might just be a little jealous! keystokers are quite well built and they take a lot of pride in their product.i have also spoken to jim from keystoker,very nice and also very helpful if any questions.light your fire and enjoy saving money on your heating this season. your friends will be working harder than you at staying warm and maybe a little green :sick: with envy.ENJOY IT!!!
stokin-railroad
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k

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PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:35 pm

Thanks Stokin, I know a fella that has a koker as well. He loves the thing. He heats around 2300 (forced air) and the furnace has lots more to give but he just dosent need it. The hot water is also heated with the koker furnace year round, he says it cost him less that $10 a week through the summer.
SemperFi
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:09 am

I noticed the extinguisher, you'd be better off with a bucket of sand. ;)
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

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PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:53 am

Keystoker makes a very good product, they are just better known for their stoker fed stoves, furnaces and boilers than for hand feed units..

I'm sure it is a very good stove.

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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PostBy: Adamiscold On: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:07 am

The stove looks real nice.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby Sr. Old School

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PostBy: SemperFi On: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:04 pm

Richard S, My wife read the thread where you stated that I would be better off with a bucket full of sand _vs_ the fire extinguisher ( mind you my wife is afraid of the stove ). Well low and behold what do I find behind the stove when I get home from work today? OOOOOH a bucket full of sand. I found this hilarious so I had to take a pic. of it to share with you. Do me a favor and sudjest that I would be better off with bigger tires on my suv or a bigger fishing boat to spend all weekend on. If you would do this for me I just may find a new boat in the driveway or my suv sitting on some 44" super swampers when I get home from work one of these days. Help a fella out here, us guys need to stick together regarding important things like this. All kidding aside what do I do with the sand ( lord knows she couldent tell me what to do with it). Is it to dump in the stove to snuff it out if it over fires or do i throw it at the wall if it catches fire? I could pour it on the floor in front of the fish tank so the fish have a little beach front property. Just playing around Richard, you made my day bud, I havent laughed this hard in a long time. But what do I do with the sand?
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Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

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PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:03 am

Dry chemical fire extinguishers are really a powder blanket,, they put out fires by covering the fire like a non-flamable blanket. This smothers or starves the fire for air or oxygen..
The bucket of sand will do the same thing, but an extinguisher that could hold all the sand in the bucket would have to be about shoulder high, so it would be difficult or impossible to use..

Plan on using the sand like a hand applied blanket, to cover and smother a fire if needed..

If you wanted to put out the fire in your stove, I doubt that the fire extinguisher could do it.. but if you shoveled or tossed the whole bucket of sand on the fire, it would go out, because no air could get through the bed of coals, it would be sealed on the top with the sand..

Hope this makes sense.
Greg L
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

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