Best Stoker for House

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 1;House Pocono;Garage
Location: Central,Pa.

Post Fri. Apr. 11, 2008 3:38 pm

How much heat do you think the boiler furnace would loose if I would close in part of my back porch and put the boiler out there. I could ran the pipes under my house (that has a crawl space) and into my forced air furnace with a heat exchanger. :) I could insulate the room if it would help any. the porch has a cement floor with a roof over it about 20ft. from my furnace. :idea:
If at first you don't succeed,keep trying till something gets broke! LL-(2) Hyfire1 and a Pocono. KEEP AMERICANS WORKING Dave

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Post Fri. Apr. 11, 2008 5:44 pm

There would be some heat loss from the boiler, but not substantial.. I keep my boiler in an uninsulated building, I doubt if it costs me more than a few hundred pounds of coal to make up for the heat lost to the building..

Since you will share one wall with the house, and can insulate the room,, some of the heat will be shared with the house..

I'd think seriously about using this configuration.

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: harmanVF3000 Coal/oil option
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: VF3000
Stove/Furnace Model: Harman VF3000
Location: long Island,NY

Post Sat. Apr. 26, 2008 8:55 am

I see from the pictures, you are sharing the same chimney. Is this OK to do?
I read that you cannot share a chimney with 2 different devices burning different fuels.
But that might be due to local codes only.

do you know how much it would cost for a kaa-2 with a optional oil burner?

Thanks for posting the pictures, I am thinking about doing the same thing you did.

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