Alaska Kodiac vs stoker

Alaska Kodiac vs stoker

PostBy: Paulie On: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:12 pm

Running a LL Pioneer BV stoker now. Nice stove, but all the fans running are noisy and expensive. ( we have stupid electric
costs here in MA) Anyway, toying with idea of a manual stove instead. Based on ratings, puts out more heat, no electricity,
more like a wood stove. The stoker is nice, full tilt, touching 2 times a day. Can I get big continuous heat from a manual
stove tending it 2 times daily? At the end of a 12hr burn, how much is the stove putting out? I am kinda warm on the alaska
Kodiac. Thoughts :?:
Paulie
 
Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
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Re: Alaska Kodiac vs stoker

PostBy: sharkman8810 On: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:32 pm

I don't have an alaska kodiak, but I'd compare btu ratings of the stoves for an idea. I think there is more work involved with the handfired than the stokers. You will still need fans to move the air around whether you have them now or not. I just looked up both stoves, both are nice, just a matter of what you want and what will work with your existing distribution method. I can see your point with the no electicity thing, were going to experience a 30-50 percent increase in electricity here in pa. I'd get the bi-metal thermostat add on, i have a hizter with the bimetal thermostat and it is awesome. I dont see why the alaska can't do what your doing now with the ll pioneer .
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Re: Alaska Kodiac vs stoker

PostBy: Paperboy On: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:51 pm

I have an Alaska Kodiak which I installed in early November. In my opinion, it's a fine quality stove. You'll have a few more minutes a day in tending a hand feed vs. a stoker, but once you get your routine mastered as far as how much to shake, etc. you won't be a slave to your stove by any means. I probably spend a total of twenty minutes a day tending the stove, dumping ashes, and bringing coal up from the cellar. I really enjoy the nice quiet (no furnace or blower sound) and steady heat. Don't know why I stuck with wood for so long.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska; Atlanta
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak; Homesteader

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Re: Alaska Kodiac vs stoker

PostBy: Salemcoal On: Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:35 pm

Paulie, There are good used handfired units out there if you keep your eye out. They hold their value pretty good so you probably wouldn't take a hit if you sold in the future to buy a brand new one. I have run two alaska stokers and three handfired units . I personally like running the handfireds better and once you getr it down they are not much work. If you are gone for long periods of time you may want to stick with the LL.
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