, been looking at the great info on this board for a little over a month now so figured I should introduce myself. My name is Matthaus (you can call me Matt or anything else that suits your fancy) am 48 and live in Carbondale PA with my wife Hope, moved back to the NE from Florida in 2001 after having been gone for over 30 years. Between Hope and I we have six kids in age from 5 to 33 (girl 5, boy 15, girl 16, boy 21, girl 23, girl 33), there are three of them left in the house. Love being back in mountains with a change of seasons. Work for The Boeing Company as an engineer, have projects all over the US so work from home mostly and only go into my office in Riddly Park about two or three times per month. Am currently building a garage and upstairs addition on the house, in my spare time I collect cars, motorcycles, and anything else with a motor I can get a good deal on. Over the past year or so have been spending as much time as possible on the race track with two of my bikes. Hope says I have enough projects to last me well past the end of my life, but that doesn't stop me from starting new ones (like coal stove tinkering).
Bought a used Alaska stoker in September, then bought another. Sold one of them to a buddy. Have the Alaska I kept set up in our two story 2,200 sq ft house, controlling it with a Coal-trol. Bought a used keystoker 90 direct vent a few weeks later to heat the garage (when I get it finished it should keep it warmer!). Bought a smaller size Alaska that needs work a couple weeks ago Going to put that one in a 400 sq ft addition that will be finished this winter.
Last year our house was not really a home because we kept it around 62 degrees to save money. This year it has already been warm and toasty for the past two weeks (72 during the day and 75 at night in the kitchen where the stove is, upstairs stays 70 or so). Hope looked at my science project of a stove installation with much skeptisim, but now smiles contently in her warm house.
Love burning coal and love tinkering with the stoves, will probably keep on buying different model stoves to see how they work. Thanks for all the great info and the chance to participate.