Where to Purchase a Stoker Furnace in New England?

A Coal stoker furnace or stove controls most operations including automatically feeding the coal. They are quite similar to any conventional oil and gas units and easily operated for extended periods of time. They commonly use rice coal but may use larger sizes like buckwheat. They can be used as primary heat, supplementary heat or have a dual set up with your existing oil/gas furnace.
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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 11:23 am

We have been spending a fortune to heat our 3,200 sq ft house with propane...and we are still cold in our house! I have done a lot of research on various heating options and have come to the conclusion that a Coal Stoker Furnace is the way to go. We are very excited about purchasing and installing a new Coal stoker furnance.

Are there any good dealers in New England? We are in NH, but willing to drive anywhere within New England. I realize that we can order one from the manufacture, but we would like to talk with someone in person to have some lingering questions answered.

Any suggestions on dealers?

thanks.

Jeff


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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 11:57 am

Jeff, do you want a hot air furnace or a boiler? Where do you live in NH? You might live a lot closer to a stoker guy than you think.

In any case, used/refurbished units are available for a considerable discount compared to new...and if "new" is your thing, there are many options for that as well.

I'm not sure I even want to know how much you are spending on propane...I bet it is painful.

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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 12:01 pm

If you need a boiler or stoker stove, there's our own forum member Jim D from Taunton, MA who makes them right here in the USA - and a damn good deal too. 8-)

He's the only manufacturer to offer automatic shutdown upon detection of carbon monoxide. Very safe! Check them out:

http://www.coaljack.com/home/?page_id=50
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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 12:16 pm

Rob, thanks for the reply.

We have a Propane Hot Air furnace. Last winter our propane bills were $1,700 in Jan, $1,800 in Feb, $1,600 in Mar, plus several more fill-up's in the fall and spring. So we are around $8,000 a year in propane. And that's with keeping the house around 65 degrees.

What we would like to do is have the coal furnace connected to our existing hot air duct work and leave our propane furnace installed as a back-up.

Where are you? Do you have a show room? Feel free to send me a private message and I'll give you my phone number.

Thanks again,

Jeff

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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 12:19 pm

Neither Rob or I are dealers - just coal burners helping you out. ;)
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 12:21 pm

BTW... I am in Merrimack, NH.

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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 12:58 pm

I have seen in the last couple of months keystoker hot air furnaces on Craigslist and at least two of those were just around 1000 Dollars. For that price, I wouldn't mind driving over 500 miles once I secure the deal.

Craigslist may still be your best option !

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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 1:16 pm

jlmead wrote:Rob, thanks for the reply.

We have a Propane Hot Air furnace. Last winter our propane bills were $1,700 in Jan, $1,800 in Feb, $1,600 in Mar, plus several more fill-up's in the fall and spring. So we are around $8,000 a year in propane. And that's with keeping the house around 65 degrees.

What we would like to do is have the coal furnace connected to our existing hot air duct work and leave our propane furnace installed as a back-up.

Where are you? Do you have a show room? Feel free to send me a private message and I'll give you my phone number.

Thanks again,

Jeff
I'm not a dealer of any sort, just a "stoker enthusiast". My showroom consists of a cluttered basement with an EFM stoker boiler silently heating the house and providing hot water…for 50% less than heating oil at its current prices.

There are coal furnaces available that can be tied in to your existing setup. But before we get into those there is another option that you should consider.

A coal boiler can be tied into your ductwork with a water-to-air heat exchanger, and also provide domestic hot water. Here are some links to get you thinking:

Coal Stoker Furnace- New Home Owner.

Heat Exchanger


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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 1:26 pm

I just took delivery of a Keystoker Koker. There are some dealers here in RI for them and other stoves I looked at. Keystoker shipped it directly to my residence (almost 800# with everything.) I will get you some contacts if you want.
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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 1:39 pm

Go to the stove manufacturer website and there are dealer locators. I looked quick at Keystoker and Reading who have dealers in NH.
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Post Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 10:15 pm

We have a Propane Hot Air furnace. Last winter our propane bills were $1,700 in Jan, $1,800 in Feb, $1,600 in Mar, plus several more fill-up's in the fall and spring. So we are around $8,000 a year in propane. And that's with keeping the house around 65 degrees.
Rob, sound familiar. I see at least two a month. If I was a boiler dealer i'd be following the propane trucks with a showroom trailer. :P

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S260 w/ Indirect 80 Gal Elec. Tank, Propane Backup - Heating 5,700 sqft + pool.

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Post Tue. Nov. 22, 2011 5:35 pm

Thanks everyone for your input. It's been very helpful. Will keep you updated on my progress. - Jeff

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Post Fri. Nov. 25, 2011 7:15 am

Hi jlmead, I have a jensen forced hot air funace, coal or wood burner, it has heavy duty shaker grates with a large ash pan for clean out,with input air filter box,thermostat controlled, has a plenum for your duct work, also some 8" round duct, I bought it new, used it for 3 seasons, mostly with wood, some coal, it is located in a dry cellar and looks good. It is not a stoker, you feed it coal with a shovel. $1000/ I am located in Plymouth,NH contact me if your interested, Robert

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Post Fri. Nov. 25, 2011 7:23 am

there....... that vf3000 is your answer!!! 8-)
PM coalkirk , ask Terry your questions.
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Post Fri. Nov. 25, 2011 12:25 pm

I like Harmans, and I used a Mag stoker for several years, but I'd be worried about relying on a boiler the size of a VF3000 to carry the load of a 3200 sf house in NH. I expect something bigger would be needed.

Mike


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