Alaska Kodiac Vs Stoker

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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Stove/Furnace Make: leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer
Location: MA, South Shore

Post Sun. Jan. 04, 2009 10:12 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 :?:

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 82 ul
Coal Size/Type: nut
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82 u.l.
Location: south central pa

Post Mon. Jan. 05, 2009 3:32 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 don't see why the alaska can't do what your doing now with the ll pioneer .

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak; Atlanta Homesteader
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska; Atlanta
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak; Homesteader
Location: Upstate New York

Post Wed. Jan. 07, 2009 8:51 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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Post Wed. Jan. 07, 2009 9:35 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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