It's Ugly, but It Works

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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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
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Post Fri. Nov. 28, 2008 11:39 pm

Hello Horace,, if you need heat in the basement, then your current setup should work fine.. you are essentially using the entire basement as the cold air return, and forcing the hot air out and upstairs..

But as mentioned in the previous post,, your stove gives off a LOT of radiant heat,, if/when heat upstairs becomes a priority, you may want to try the cold air return duct.. your basement will still stay quite warm from the radiant heat...

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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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman ST8-VF8 / Frankenstove
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Post Sat. Nov. 29, 2008 3:02 pm

Thanks again for all your input. After the first full night with it running like this, I woke up to 78* upstairs and 77* in the basement :shock: It used to go 78* in basement, 71* upstairs. I moved the boot so it lets a little more heat stay in the basement. It's warm out again today, so I'll have to wait until it gets cold to really see the effects.

I've grown sort of fond of the flex pipe and C-clamps. It's not like I have dinner parties down there. My kids just trash the room with their toys. And they think it looks neat. Very Frankenstein.

Thanks again.
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Post Sun. Nov. 30, 2008 7:50 pm

And with the 'c' clamps it is adjustable... forum member Yanche once said.. 'nothing is more perminant than a temporary fix that works' Nothing could be more true..

Greg L
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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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Post Mon. Dec. 01, 2008 7:03 pm

Greg:

That is very true. As soon as I make anything permanent, I want to change it.

House is still very even in temp. I almost want colder weather to really put it through its paces. I definitely see the difference between waiting for warm to meander up and cold air to sink - even when pushing the warm air with fans in the ceiling. It's the difference between blowing air that's maybe 80* and pushing air that's however hot this is supposed to be:
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Location: Michigan

Post Mon. Dec. 01, 2008 7:15 pm

When I first looked at that photo, I though 'man is that COLD !! ' :shock: :lol:

Then I read the text.. Lots of nice heat coming upstairs.. and since you WANT to have a warm basement, using the basement as a big cold air return plenum is perfect..

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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