Alaska or Keystoker Furnace

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 Wed. Nov. 21, 2007 8:16 pm

I am looking to buy a hot air coal stoker furnace to put in my basement. Was looking at the Alaska 140 and the Keystoker Koker, is one any better than the other? its hard to find anything that compares them in anyway. The price is about the same for ether.
Please help, Thank you.

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Post Wed. Nov. 21, 2007 11:20 pm

Both are good products and there owner/operators of both on the site. Another alternative you may want to consider is to use a coal fired boiler to to heat a water-to-air heat exchanger in your air ducts.

Using a boiler has several advantages, first you can use it to heat your domestic hot water, which can be up to 30% of your monthly heating bill. The other advantage is that water can store heat and then provide heat on demand instead of waiting for the coal fire to ramp up to heat a furnace.

A boiler can be located just about anywhere, possibly making the install and service of the appliance much more conveninent. Such as installing it near a door, so toting the coal in and ashes out is less of a chore. Or many of us put the boiler in a garage, or outbuilding and pipe the water into the house, this keeps the coal, dust, ashes etc out of the house.

Just some food for thought.

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Post Thu. Nov. 22, 2007 10:47 am

Thanks for the info Greg.
Not sure I can afford the hot water models. I can buy the Koker for 2950.00 and the alaska double burner for 3200.00 air ones a do you have any idea what I would have into a hot water unit? Also is the Alaska worth the extra 250?
Thanks again

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Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2007 5:29 pm

Either unit is good. I run the Alaska 140 Auger feed sysyem, and it does a great job. I also sell Keystokers, and the koker is a great unit as well. The two major differences between the two units is the the Koker has a 240 pound hopper, the Alaska 140 only has a 160 pound hopper (the brochure says 250, it is incorrect), the cold air return on the Alaska is easier to tie in to your existing duct work. Either way, you will save money compared to your heating costs now. Get a hot water coil with the furnace, it will do all of your hot water needs.

PS- make sure you order the fan limit control and thermostat option if you choose the Alaska.
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Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2007 5:48 pm

Check out the Leisure Line Pocono with the optional hot air jacket & domestic hot water coil.
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