Stoker Coal Boilers automatically feed the coal and have controls and pumps just like any conventions boiler. They are intended to be used as a primary heat and often have domestic hot water coils as an added bonus. They can be set up independently or in dual sytem with your existing oil/gas boiler. They can accommodate both hot water base board or steam plumbing.
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- Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
- Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal
- Location: Buffalo/Adirondacks, NY
Electricity may be cheaper than oil now (doubtfull) (even in AK you'll be using #2 fuel oil for your furnaces, not #1/kero if you have an indoor tank) but it won't be if energy prices continue to spike. There is a lag in electricity price increases that you won't have with other fuels such as oil or propane, but it will rise nonetheless should there be sustained high energy prices and will quickly become the most expensive (along with LPG) heat source if you're using electric resistance. BTW, unless you're using a heat pump, which in alaska will have to be a very expensive ground source setup, electric resistance heat is ALWAYS 100% efficient. There are no "new more efficient electric heaters".
Burning western Pennsylvania Bituminous in WNY using model 77 stoker furnace. BITUMINOUS equiptment: 2 hand fired stoves of my own design, Many Combustioneer Model 77 stokers, stokermatic furnace, Many Will-Burt stokers, & and Two Iron firemen.