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: keystoker koker
Coal Size/Type: rice

Post Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 11:46 pm

I am new to heating with coal and am installing a keystoker koker 160 on occasion I do get a small amount of water in the basement I would like to know if it ok to put the koker up on blocks has anyone ever done this

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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 12:07 am

SMITTY! Calling Smitty...he's our resident expert on this subject. :roll:

Welcome happy to have you as a new member here :D

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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 8:32 am

I have a 160 & when installed it went on the 1in. patio blocks just to keep air circulation underneath & prevent moisture build up between the metal & concrete off season. It's never a good idea to put metal (especially a large flat surface directly on concrete), if you have the room I see no reason why it couldn't go higher just make sure you can still get the proper angles for duct & exhaust & don't forget you still have to load the hopper.
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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 8:47 am

Just a thought

If your boiler gets as much water table as those of the "Titanic" ----> it may not do well

only YOU know your basement and then plan for that! You will be fine if you do!

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker Koker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: Koker
Location: New Haven, NY

Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 9:30 am

My basement is quite wet as well. All my appliances are on a cement block. The bottom of the Koker will have some 1/2" square stock to keep it off the flat concrete. Set these on your blocks.

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Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 10:54 am

Blocks are fine - we get a little water here too ....

The main thing to remember is, at the end of the season, you **MUST** thoroughly clean and OIL the unit from top to bottom, and bring the cleaned chimney connector pipe into a warm, dry area to be stored. Otherwise you will see rust on a scale that you've never seen before! Keep up with maintenance and you won't have a problem.

We've been burning down there for the past 9 seasons:

This is what will happen if you leave it uncleaned and un-oiled in the basement all summer long:
Even stainless steel is no match!
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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 11:00 am

SMITTY, see if you can get the frog to slime some of that for ya. It might help! :D
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Post Mon. Jan. 27, 2014 6:47 pm

amen to the cleaning.
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