I took the time today to install a stoker mechanism in our KA-2 boiler. The original was getting noisy and annoying! In the process I found a large chuck of coal at the bottom of the hopper that seemed to be restricting the flow of coal. This might have been part of my out fire problems. Well everything is clean, vacuumed, and I also oiled the blower motor with a few drops of oil. I plan to take the old stoker mechanism apart and relube and keep it for a spare.
All quiet in the basement!!
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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