Stoker or Hand Fed, Which Do You Use?

Hand-Fed or Stoker?

Hand -Fed
113
54%
Stoker
88
42%
Both
8
4%
 
Total votes: 209

lincolnmania
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: alaska kodiak stoker 1986. 1987 triburner, 1987 crane diamond
Location: Birdsboro PA.
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Post Thu. Jan. 17, 2008 11:26 am

i'm the girly man with the stokers.......skip wont give up his kenmore


stanggt24
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Joined: Mon. Feb. 11, 2008 11:26 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: keystone
Stove/Furnace Model: 105,000 rice stoker
Location: central mass

Post Wed. Feb. 13, 2008 12:09 am

i have a stoker stove keystone 105 k unit with 500 cfm blower

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jumperjoe
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Posts: 35
Joined: Mon. Dec. 25, 2006 9:49 am
Stove/Furnace Make: USSC Hotblast 1537
Location: Michigan

Post Wed. Feb. 13, 2008 7:14 am

I have a hand fed Hotblast.
Some days it takes a 12 pack to get it to run just right.

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jpd989
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Posts: 189
Joined: Tue. Nov. 06, 2007 5:43 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Machine Basement Stove #3
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat and Chestnut
Stove/Furnace Model: LL110k Boiler
Location: Mt Cobb Pa.

Post Wed. Feb. 13, 2008 8:45 pm

Just installed my new Reading utility stoker RSFD-07 on 2/9/08. I like it much better than previous stove. A hand fired United States Stove Wondercoal heater. To bad I did not find this site months ago. Could have saved myself much grief. I have been reading and learning much here. This is a wonderful sight. Thank you

ken
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Posts: 1262
Joined: Sat. Apr. 21, 2007 11:35 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker - Rice Coal
Stove/Furnace Model: 75K - Bay Window - Direct Vent
Location: thompson , ohio

Post Thu. Feb. 14, 2008 11:43 am

stanggt24 , what amount of coal you using a day and how bigs the house? is it just a free standing unit with chimney or DV? thank you , ken

Bonehead
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Posts: 13
Joined: Tue. Mar. 04, 2008 10:42 am
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: SF250
Location: Lebanon County Pa.

Post Tue. Mar. 04, 2008 8:41 pm

Went with the handfed due to power outages and the ability to burn wood. In the Harman line, the 250 has the highest BTU rating, other than a furnce. I don't mind hand feed at all. Sling in a 5 gallon bucket 2-3 times per 24 hours and that's it.

Anyone know who makes a bigger manual feed?

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Charlie Z
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Stove/Furnace Make: Coalbrookdale
Stove/Furnace Model: Darby
Location: North Fork, NY

Post Tue. Mar. 04, 2008 9:26 pm

Hitzer 50-93?

I'm starting to bum that the season is ending... I like messing with the handfired. It's easy, very predictable and consistent and simple. We all hang out around it each evening, lab with head on the stone. Kids do their homework in front of it. I'm going to miss it. It's changed how we live.

stockingfull
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Stove/Furnace Make: Yellow Flame
Stove/Furnace Model: W.A. 150 Stoker Furnace
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Post Tue. Mar. 04, 2008 9:39 pm

Charlie Z wrote:We all hang out around it each evening, lab with head on the stone. Kids do their homework in front of it. I'm going to miss it. It's changed how we live.
Back to the future. :rockon:


bksaun
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Posts: 967
Joined: Sat. Oct. 28, 2006 9:24 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62
Location: Hustonville, Ky

Post Tue. Mar. 04, 2008 10:21 pm

Now I own both,

Alaska Channing III

Harman MK III

BK

CapeCoaler
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Posts: 4469
Joined: Sun. Feb. 10, 2008 3:48 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Wed. Mar. 05, 2008 12:13 am

Running a Harman Mark II, waiting for a chimney is a Godin Petite Round. A VC Vigilant Multi-Fuel needs fixing and will get sold next fall along with a VC Vigilant wood burner.
Slowly convincing the ‘rents to get some coal in their life.
Envious of a stoker boiler, content with the Mark II looking for a good Mark III.

stokin-railroad
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Posts: 115
Joined: Sun. May. 18, 2008 2:53 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k
Location: NY./PA.border I 81

Post Wed. May. 21, 2008 10:55 pm

first year burning coal,bought koker stove / kestoker awwwsome unit added to oil fha furnace.if stoker is girlie man count me in .gone from home to long to foss with hand feed.i like firebugging to that is for the pit and hardwood sat.nite by the river.anyway I vote STOKER.

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Adamiscold
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Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby Sr. Old School
Location: Winchendon,Ma

Post Mon. Jul. 14, 2008 6:55 am

We just bought a Pioneer LE, so I guess that makes me a girlie man. But I still have to hand feed the big box in the back of it, doesn't that count for something manly? :P

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Devil505
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000
Location: SE Massachusetts

Post Mon. Jul. 14, 2008 7:22 am

I like a good hand fed over a stoker because:

1. They are cheaper to buy
2. Need no power to run
3. are silent
4. Very few moving parts to break
5. Not much more work to operate

CapeCoaler
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Posts: 4469
Joined: Sun. Feb. 10, 2008 3:48 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Mon. Jul. 14, 2008 8:06 pm

Looks like the rice is going to be tight this year.
Bigger sizes should be no problem. If you do not have your rice yet get friendly with someone who does.
The A-A's and hand fed stoves take larger size coal which does not seem to be a problem yet.

BIG BEAM
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Stove/Furnace Make: USS Hot blast
Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M
Location: upstate NY

Post Fri. Aug. 08, 2008 4:36 pm

US stove hotblast.I know it's a peice of junk by a lot of the posts here but I love it.A furnace keeps all the dust and stuff in the cellar,heats the whole house evenly(connected to ductwork).Just a great set up.Twice a day shake and dump,not to much work.
DON


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