Keystoker 90 Tho Btus W/ Direct Vent

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: keystoker
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Post Mon. Jul. 07, 2008 1:27 pm

I was so lucky to find a man in Carbondale who referred me to this forum...great stuff!
although I am a woman (and the brains) just joking, guys... :roll: of the household.. (my hubbys blind) Im also the worrywort.

I tried to get set for the winter and went to Keystoker stores. Called everywhere and the waiting was between 12-20 weeks. Luckily I found a used, taken care of, year and 1/2 one in the classifides for a great price.
My need is to keep my family warm this winter. Having oil last winter was 600. every month and that was on 62.. so it's back to basics.!
(that's just a little about me)
now about the stove.
Im clueless.
I have read thru the forum but if I don't ask the question directly... I'll get confused.

I got a 90,000 BTU Keystoker, 6 inch connection vent with a direct vent.
having a direct vent, do I still need a power vent? Im thinking not.
also..(although I have the owners manuel)
what are the specs (where) am I supposed to put this in my basement? (my chimney uses the oil furnace)
I have 16 windows in my home eventhough its 1500 sq.feet. every side has at least 4-6 windows.
I was hoping to put it out the side of my home where I have a dog kennel fenced in (12x16) but it has a gate.
I know I have to go thru the foundation which is as high as the basement window..(maybe 3 feet or 4 from the ground)
and the stoker has to go 3 feet from a cornor of the house??? (correct?)
How high does the chimney need to be with using a direct vent? could it be just above the bottom of the first floor windows and 3 feet from the upstairs windows? (it's a cape type home)
I would be so appreciative of any help/specs or ideas that anyone has.
It seems that if I call a dealer and tell them I bought it elsewhere they want nothing to do with it..and who could blame them with liability issues these days.?
as I said, this forum was brought to my attention (thank God!)
and advice on setting it up would be appreciated...GREATLY!
(coal questions are soon to come!)
wish me luck, guys.
Thanks so much for having this place for do-it-yourselfers like myself.
Clueless in the valley...

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Post Mon. Jul. 07, 2008 1:39 pm

If you have the time, do a search for posts using my username. You'll find a lot of info, pictures, etc. on my project of rehabbing and installing my Keystoker direct vent stove.

Basically, you need no chimney at all. It vents just like a pellet stove - I even used 4" pellet vent to vent mine. Works fabulous. Just straight out the wall with a cap at the end. You CAN run it vertically if needed. The less pipe the better, both from a $$$ standpoint and efficiency/maintenance standpoint.

Try to put the stove in the main living areas if you can. I have mine in the basement (only place it would fit) and while it works very well, it is difficult to get the heat upstairs fast enough without making the basement 90 degrees. Plenty of posts on the forum dealing with this issue from many others.

Welcome and have fun!

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Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite
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Post Mon. Jul. 07, 2008 2:42 pm

Welcome to the forum boxerbabee, I'm the "man in Carbondale", as Chris said there are answers to every question you have already written here in the forum, the only issue is finding the time and patience to read everything to find them. :shock:

As suggested the question of living space or basement stove location is full of pros and cons. Best advice is read and and develop your own opinion based on your situation. The location for the direct vent to exit your home must be away from where people or dogs will be present on a regular basis. So make sure you follow the Keystoker diagram.

My suggestion is to read as much as you can for the next couple of weeks and then ask the specific questions that will inevitably come to mind. Here are a few threads about your specific situation:
Direct vent vs Power vent...
How-to "push" heat from basement to first floor?
Power vent question
Heat Distribution Suggestions

Coal storage questions:
size of a 1 ton coal bin

And for when you light the thing:
Lighting a stoker

I know it's a bit overwhelming, but you will figure it out if you don't give up, just keep thinking of the cost of oil and what you will be saving by your efforts. :)
Leisure Line Stove Company

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Post Mon. Jul. 07, 2008 9:04 pm

thanks so much, guys. Matt, Someone put you in our lives for a reason.

I will keep reading and reading.
thanks for the links
and hopefully this winter will be warmer than the last.

please don't mind if I don't post for awhile... but I will be here ...reading.

this certainally is a great place for info.
wish me luck(who needs luck with the pros like ya'll around)
i'll let ya'll know when I got it right!..(cause I will get it right.)


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Post Mon. Jul. 07, 2008 10:03 pm

Matt, Someone put you in our lives for a reason. :D that has to be the nicest thing I have read since in been here. :D
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Post Tue. Jul. 08, 2008 10:46 am

The KA6 Direct Vent install manual states the following:

Vent terminator must not be located:
1) Less than 1' above grade
2) Above or within 3' horizontally of an oil tank or gas meter
3) Closer than 3' to an inside corner of a home
4) Closer than 1' from any opening that gases could re-enter home.
5) Less than 4' below windows
6) Less than 1' horizontally of door or window
7) Less than 3' above any forced air inlet located within 10'
8) Less than 7' above grade when adjacent to public walkways.

There is a diagram but it's fuzzy so I won't try to post it.

Note that these restrictions are simliar but slight less restrictive than what seems to apply to oil DV boilers.
See pages 4 and 5 of the following Buderus document for a good diagram and more details: ... 93&mid=633



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