Reading Stove Co. Junianta & Susquehanna Models

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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xpress23
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Koker 160

Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 9:09 am

I'm looking for someone with personal experience with the Junianta & Susquehanna stokers from Reading Stove Co. I'm considering purchasing one of these and plan on using it as an supplement hot air heat source for a new home I am building. My home will be a 2 story 2100 sq. ft. By the looks of this, these stoves should tie into my return duct work fairly easily and supply hot air so my furnace does not need to run but just circulate the air.

I'm looking for anyone with any personal experience with this type of setup. How efficent has your system been and how much coal (on average) do you go through. I live in south eastern pa. so we have some cold snaps but not like the nothern half of the state.

Thanks!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 10:38 am

Have you compared other makes of stoves?

Why is the Reading Stoves your pick?

They are just space heaters with a mix of radiant and a little convection. :roll:
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Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 11:04 am

What is your recommendation? I've liked the fact that they are setup for the direct connect into my return air duct.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 11:16 am

xpress23 wrote:What is your recommendation? I've liked the fact that they are setup for the direct connect into my return air duct.

Xpress23
Yes, I just was revisiting those online...they are, as you said, ready for connecting to duct work. :oops:

There has been some problems with door fit...which is a bad thing that will only get worse.
And I have seen one of those models in person and it was poorly designed and cause rapid ash build-up on a shelf like interior portion in the flue gas exit path.
There are far better units out there to be had. :idea:

Look at Leisure Line, Hitzer and DS Stoves for starters. They have a good following here. :)

Besides their web sites, you can SEARCH, this forum using search in upper right corner of this page. ;)

Pick a model of interest...and read up on it. :)

Edit to add: New model maybe not yet on their website...
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Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 1:05 pm

xpress23 wrote:What is your recommendation? I've liked the fact that they are setup for the direct connect into my return air duct.

Xpress23
anyone but reading :lol: , I am sorry but I was never impressed with there quality. Leisure line has some nice furnaces, as does keystoker.

If you are building a house why not do a boiler with a heat exchanger in your duct work, than you got hot water to boot :idea:

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Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 1:11 pm

Looks like the 710 EM II is a great solution for what I'm looking to do. I like the full furnace body jacket as opposed to just the sides and/or top. Seems like a very efficent unit. I have a deal close to me. I will talk with them and see what they have to say.

Thanks for the info.!

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
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Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 2:14 pm

See, that wasn't so hard. :)

Best of luck w/ your house construction. :D
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
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Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Wed. Feb. 08, 2012 10:38 pm

xpress23 wrote:I plan on using it as an supplement hot air heat source for a new home I am building. My home will be a 2 story 2100 sq. ft. By the looks of this, these stoves should tie into my return duct work fairly easily and supply hot air so my furnace does not need to run but just circulate the air.
Wait a minute, supplement for your...soon to be built new home. :idea:

Have you looked at the Leisure Line 110K Coal/165K Oil Boiler?

It is dual fuel boiler...coal w/ either oil, N.gas or Propane...makes your hot water too.

Take a look and see what you think. :) Keep in mind the R.O.I...return on investment. :idea:

Cheap and do half the job...is really more expensive. ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work
Location: Royersford, Pa
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Post Thu. Feb. 09, 2012 10:47 am

xpress23 wrote:..................

I live in south eastern pa. so we have some cold snaps but not like the nothern half of the state.

Thanks!
Xpress23
Where abouts in SE PA.?? There are a bunch of us here all burning coal using different setups, boiler, stove, hand fired, boilers, etc.

Ask and ye shall find !!!

And we know a lot of dealers if you are considering new............

Rick
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Post Fri. Feb. 10, 2012 8:05 am

I can be found in the Boyertown area. I know there's Krings Stove shop but are there others close to me? Looks like Groff Stove Shop outside of Boyertown sells the Hitzer. The Hyfire II seems nice as well. I like the air filter option, the 1000 cfm fan on the 710 and I believe its full jacket though. Oh...there's too many options out there.

I appreciate all the input guys! I'm new to burning coal so this site has been great for gathering info.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
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Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work
Location: Royersford, Pa
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Post Fri. Feb. 10, 2012 8:40 am

Xpresss23,

Down in Skippack is Lutz's Coal. I believe they are an Alaska, Leisure Line, and an EFM dealer. Plus being in Boyertown, it is not that far to the LL store in Berwick. I myself drove there to get my HyFire II and jacket.

If you are still able to, I would seriously suggest switching the heating system over to a boiler system. Way better that trying to blow hot air around the house plus as was mentioned, unlimited hot water to boot. Going with a dual fuel system would be the ticket. Consider the LL or EFM and you will not be sorry.

I sent you a PM. (Click on the little envelope at the top of the screen)

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Post Fri. Feb. 10, 2012 9:24 am

Rick, just sent you a PM.

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