Keystoker A125; Please Give Experiences

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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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: AK-110
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Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 6:03 pm

I am considering replacing my two stokers with a Keystoker A125 for my raised ranch. Can anybody give me any feedback on experiences they have had with them? Goods, bads? Anyone currently heating with one? What size dwelling?

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Mark
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace
Location: central new york (syracuse area)

Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 6:18 pm

Is that a warm air furnace ?...Im not familiar with that model
..we heat with a koker A150 furnace..New this year....couldnt be happier
....'Rigar

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Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 6:22 pm

yes, from what I understand it is an older warm air furnace and the A150 replaced it. Also looking for any advise on inspecting, i.e. knowing what to look for when 'kicking its tires' I am familiar with stokers but a furnace is a whole new experience for me.
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Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 6:53 pm

With a proper hot air distribution system this would easily heat your place, and probably use less coal than you already use now. :)

Corrosion is the biggest thing to look for, more so in corners and angled joints.

Grates can be warped or cracked, blower can be out of balance, gearbox can be worn, timer can have issues, baffle plate can lose hooks for support, fan and motors can be worn...these all can be repaired but cost money...corrosion, not repaired easily.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace
Location: central new york (syracuse area)

Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 9:11 pm

We are heating about 3300 sq. ft of living space
...plus an additional 1000sq. ft of un finished basement (the basement is only kept at 62 or so)
tho we are still "under construction"..the A150 has performed quite well.
I wasnt able to finish siding before cold weather hit...and a large part of the house wont get the stone exterior til spring...and not to mention insulation in the basement to be done
....my point is...i cant imagine this furnace working any easier...but when the house is complete..i know it will.
The last couple of days have been a test (last 3mornings in a row below 0 outside...with plenty of wind)
...and it just keeps on pouring out the heat.
I wish I could tell you what to look for as far as used ones go...but other than what mcgiever stated...just do your homework
..what I can tell you is..no matter what you heat with...true comfort is going to depend on an adequate heat distribution system.....this is KEY.
...hope this has helped
....'Rigar

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Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 9:36 pm

rigar,
So this is with the a150 correct? this sounds very promising but I guess I am wondering about the a125, its age and actual legacy. i.e. is it actually predecessor to a150, actual BTU output, quality, era this was built in etc...

keep the experiences coming...

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Mark
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace
Location: central new york (syracuse area)

Post Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 10:03 pm

I actually have to contact Keystone myself actually...
I will ask about the 125...see what they sa
... The A150 has an OUTPUT rating of 150 000 BTU / hour
...i have a feeling that its actually more...
....'Rigar

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