We find charcoal best. Use a sheet of newspaper with a handful of charcoal. Roll paper into a loose ball and push into coal on grate. Light paper and plug in or turn on switch. Coal will usually light quickly.
Depends on the weather. In cold weather a stove with 100lb hopper could last 30 hours or more. I furnace or boiler with a larger hopper may go several days. In milder temperatures a hopper could last a week or more depending on its size
No. All Keystoker Automatic Stoves, Koker Furnace, and K2, K-6 Boilers can be direct vented, using our own made venter. All electrical components are located inside the home, safe from exposure to outside elements.
For chimney models it depends on the flue height. If flue is higher than the stove, a top vent is the answer. If flue height is lower than top of stove, you need a rear vent.
For direct vent stoves if the stove is going against an outside wall above outside grade, a rear vent is best. If below grade, a top vent will allow you to get to an outside wall.
Once a year. At end of heating season brush down inside firebox remove and vacuum stovepipe and clean under grates. For direct vent systems it may be necessary to clean exhaust system more frequently in cold weather.
Yes. The chimney will not draft properly until it gets warm. Visible smoke will only last a few minutes. If smoke does not clear up, there may be a blockage in your chimney that will need to be cleared.
Because of the toxic carbon monoxide in the burning of all fossil fuels, a vent or a chimney is needed to remove dangerous fumes from the home. For homes without a chimney, a venting system is required. Power vents are placed on the outside wall of the home, which exposes them to dampness and humidity, which causes clogging of squirrel cage fan blades. This causes regular nuisance cleaning, maintenance, and replacement of expensive motor and fans. Some manufactures recommend a barometric damper on the stove pipe when using a power venter system, but this will remove much of the homes already warmed air.
A Keystoker designed direct vent system is mounted directly on the stove and never comes in contact with moisture, thus expanding the life time of the motor and fan blade. The blade or a direct vent is a flat radial blade which doesn’t collect dust and cleaning maintenance is needed sparingly. Keystoker direct vent systems or stoves do not require a barometric damper.
That all depends on the size of your home, amount of insulation, outside temperature, and how warm you want your home to be. But the average consumption for one year with a stove is 3 to 4 ton. Boilers burn more because they are designed to run 12 months a year rather than 6.
None, other than the normal cleaning at the end of the heating season. Once your final adjustment is made enjoy the comfort and warmth your thermostat will take over. All you have to do is put coal in the hopper and remove ashes.
1. To direct more heated air to a distance location.
2. The higher CFM blower will remove more heat from the stove, which will lower the temperature of heated gases going up the chimney, thereby increasing the efficiency of your stove.
To maintain a minimum fire when thermostat is not calling for heat. The timer is factor set to run 75 seconds every ten minutes on stoves and furnaces and 75 seconds every fifteen minutes on boilers. If fire won’t stay lit, more pins should be added. If overheating, pins need to be removed.
No. This must be done manually. When burning coal you need to remove the nozzle assembly from the air tube and insert some fiberglass insulation to protect cad cell and transformer. So to switch to oil you would simply remove insulation, reinsert nozzle assembly, and flip the switch coal to oil.
1. In smaller size boilers, maintaining a small fire will produce less than 10,000 BTUs, but Keystoker’s efficient boilers trap and store maximum BTUs. Even a small maintenance fire will cause boiler temperature to rise above desired water temperature setting in the upper part of boiler. The loop will allow hotter water, stored in the top of boiler to flow naturally to lower part of the boiler. This will maintain a more even boiler temperature and reduce chance of overheating water.
2. Installing a loop will prevent boiler shock. When circulator runs cooler water from return, the line will not all dump into boiler. Some of the cooler return water will flow through loop and mix with heated water in supply line. This will allow circulator to run for a longer period which is especially important in large heating loads or for homes with radiators.
3. If timer is running too long, or if coal feed adjustment is set too high, water will be overheated. If water temperature reaches temperature setting of 4006B (recommended setting is 220), circulator will turn on to reduce boiler temperature. Cooler water from return line will be forced through loop to cool water quickly (approximately 10 to 15 seconds). This will lessen the likelihood of overheating the entire heating system.
Yes, many people do this. Return water could feed into coal boiler where it is heated then circulate through existing boiler or bypassing existing boiler. The gas or oil boiler would never need to run making it a backup system.
Boilers and furnaces are made with inspection and ash door on either side for proper position in the home. Standing with chest against coal hopper and looking toward the stack outlet on the opposite end of the boiler, choose whether you need doors on the right or left side for more convenience access.