Convert from HVAC LP to Koker Keystoker Coal Furnace

PostBy: stockingfull On: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:36 pm

coaledsweat wrote:Taller chimney.

Hmmm. Already about 29' high. But worth thinking about.

What's the logic?
stockingfull
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:19 pm

Taller chimney usually means more draft. If you don't have the height, then the hotter fire makes up for the lack of draft. However, it is difficult to keep a fire going with the temps above 50* or so.

Greg L

You might consider having the combustion fan run more often, although I think your fan and gearbox share the same shaft. Maybe an auxilary small fan adding a bit of combustion air to the inlet of the main combustion fan would work.

GL.
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: stockingfull On: Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:23 pm

LsFarm wrote:Taller chimney usually means more draft. If you don't have the height, then the hotter fire makes up for the lack of draft. However, it is difficult to keep a fire going with the temps above 50* or so.

Greg L

This has been my experience. When it gets to about 55°, I'm only heating about 10-15° anyway, so I just go to the electric baseboard -- and pray it either gets warmer or colder! :lol:
stockingfull
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace


PostBy: Yanche On: Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:26 pm

NEPAForum Admin wrote:
stockingfull wrote:Mine doesn't like to idle along for long in warmer weather.


You need a timer, it kicks the furnace on for a few minutes each hour. In the summer that would be the only time it will run.


The AHS stoker boiler uses thermocouple sensor to measure the ash temperature and uses this to control the combustion blower. It's a significant advance beyond a simple timer.

Yanche
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

PostBy: bigchunk On: Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:44 pm

hey guys. i envy those who have hand stokers and who have stokers see if i had my way id have one of each. still dealing with the gas and pellets. the harmon sf 360 boiler for the cast iron radiators and the kodiak hand stoker for the family room. one day. have fun and enjoy:)
bigchunk
 
Stove/Furnace Make: harman
Stove/Furnace Model: sf250 magnafire

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PostBy: michellyn On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:42 pm

FedFire47 wrote:I bought a Keystoker about 4 years ago and it RAWKS. Like the admin said most of the dust comes from moving the coal to the hopper. I just spray mine with a garden hose about every 2 days and it alleviates about 99% of it. You will not regret your decision. I had an all electric heating system before the coal. During Jan and Feb my electric bill was almost 700 bucks, 400 bucks the other heating months, and about 100 for the summer. Since I put the coal in my electric bills haven't been above 100 and I burn about 7 ton a year so it cost me less then 1000 to heat the house and domestic water for the whole year. You can't go wrong brother the savings and quality of heat are AWESOME!



Which Keystoker do you have? I'm just getting ready to purchase the Keystoker 90. Can you give me any info on this? pros/cons, maintenance, etc. Thanks for any help.
michellyn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Automatic Stoker Stove

Re: Convert from HVAC LP to Koker Keystoker Coal Furnace

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:58 pm

hi michellelyn,advice is purchase with haste!if you can get a unit for delivery this heating season do it.you will not regret it!a little work as for stocking coal,filling hopper,and emptying ash,but very rewarding.save $$$ stay nice and toasty warm.keep reading and post here for lots of info.my experiance after first season :D :D :D GREAT!! maintanance is minimal some weekly cleaning ash pan area,seasonal cleaning/lubricating takes about 2-3 hours not hard to DIY.i am usins kestoker koker heating entire house 1200 sq.ft. connected to fha furnace always 70*+or-as desired pros/all cons/none for me.except for not calling the oil man for $700.00 oil delivery @4 times each winter :lol:






















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stokin-railroad
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k

Re: Convert from HVAC LP to Koker Keystoker Coal Furnace

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:38 pm

has anyone heard from JoeD:?: guess we lost him :(
stokin-railroad
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k

Re: Convert from HVAC LP to Koker Keystoker Coal Furnace

PostBy: JoeD On: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:03 am

Hi, I'm still here just don't log in during the summer months that much. BUT I will say I'm Still a true blue coal burner, I love my Koker Furnace my house has never ever been so warm.. I saved a huge amount of money last year in not heating with Propane and using coal.. I'm a walking advertisement for Coal burning.. :)
JoeD
 
Coal Size/Type: Anthricite
Other Heating: Forced Air Natural Gas
Stove/Furnace Make: Key Stoker Furnance
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker 165