Does This Make Sense

Does This Make Sense

PostBy: traderfjp On: Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:39 pm

The daily high is around 55-62 while lows dip to about 35-40. Would it make sense to light the stove at night and then just let it burn out during the day? Is it a hassle to re-light an automatic stoker. I have a Channing 3 from Alaska. Also, has anyone tried putting a rheostat on the vent motor that controls the exhaust flow on a direct vent. Thanks in advance.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

PostBy: davemich On: Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:45 am

I start mine in late November or when its in the upper 30's for highs over a course of 3 or 4 days in a row. Otherwise my insert blows us out of the house!!! I have natural gas so the transition back from the coal stove is an easy one.

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:44 am

I didn't want to either, but we lit ours 2 weeks ago, I just have it backed down as far as it will go, we just open a door or window if needed when it gets warmer.....our nights have been getting down 20's - 30's now!
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

PostBy: George-NJ On: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:40 am

I ran mine for almost a week, it had been 26 at nights. Yesterday & last night it was 70 during the day & 62 at night. It was 86 in the house, so I unplugged it.

I've run it for single nights before without it being too much work. I just use Matchlite charcoal to start it up again.

PostBy: Cap On: Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:43 am

I often light a coal fire in the early evening and allow it to burn out overnight. Yes, it is a hassle for most, ( not me, sort of keeps me in practice! ) and I will waste a 1/2 dozen oak blocks I use to build a bed of wood coals as starter material, but I can warm the house rather than use the heat pumps.

Keep in mind, I have a hand fired unit, so somewhat of a different animal than a stoker unit.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

PostBy: George-NJ On: Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:04 pm


I've used the Matchlite charcoal to start my hand fired unit many times, try it sometime, I'll bet you never go back to using wood again.

PostBy: Cap On: Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:23 am


If I never have to use wood again, what am I going to do with the wall full of oak 4x4 blocks in my basement? :P
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator