Hitzer Stoker

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 Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 11:38 am

Anybody have any info in a Hitzer stoker stove. I'm looking at a model 608. I'm trying to compare it to the Keystoker 90. I looking for quality made and efficiency burn. I never heard if the Hitzer, should I consider this stoker, or stick with Keystoker.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 11:42 am

Both stoves are quality heating devices. Many here on the forum have Hitzers. In a previous home I had one and loved it! I have a Keystoker boiler now and love that as well. Pick the stove that has the performance you need and the look you desire.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite
Location: Cecil County, MD

Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 11:45 am

don't forget to check the for sale section on the forum....

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I drive a VW TDI, heat my home & workshop with two coal stokers and have two vintage JD diesel tractors....
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Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
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Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 12:25 pm

I have Hitzer hand fed stoves, and keystoker stoker boiler. I'm happy with both brands. Take your pick..........


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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 608 Energy Master I Stoker
Location: Nottingham,Pa

Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 12:39 pm

We've been using our Hitzer 608 four years now. This stove had the looks the wife liked the best and it sits in our living room,so couldn't argue much. I have never used a keystoker but they get good reviews here on the forum. As far as the 608 it heats our 2200 sq ft ranch home and the heat pump never turns on. House sits on the MD PA border,and averages 3 ton of rice coal a year give or take a little. Wife clams the best idea I ever had, next to marrying her! :)

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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 1:55 pm

Thanks for the help, I want an automatic stoker stove to put in my living room. Will heat all my first level, it's 1250 sq. ft. I want to put this in the corner and direct vent it, I don't have a chimney.

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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 2:13 pm

Have you looked at the Leisure Line coal stokers? They have a better selection than Hitzer and are a solid product.
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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 2:25 pm

I have only looked at Leasure Line on line. I do like the Pioneer LT model.


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Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace
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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 3:22 pm

A couple of the Leisure Line Reps are active on the forum, if you have any questions
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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 4:09 pm

Leasure Line and Keystoker both are sold in Bloomsburg at the same dealer, I'm going to look at them tomorrow. I'm off work due to the BIG snow storm that we are not getting. Thanks to the weatherman for scaring everybody off. I'm interested to see the price difference.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
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Location: Harrisburg, PA

Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 4:15 pm

One difference between Leisure Line and Keystoker is that the LL is powervented. This means the blower is outside the house and sucks the fumes out under negative pressure. The Keystoker is direct vented. This means a fan near the stove blows the exhaust outside under positive pressure. I prefer the powervented negative draft blower outside the house. It's a bit quieter.
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Post Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 4:27 pm

My niece has a Reading Swatara with a power vent and recently had trouble. The motor on the power vent went bad and her husband had a hard time finding one. Also when I need to clean it, it will be located about 8 ft off the ground, on the side of the house. That's why I keep leaning to the direct vent.

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