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I looking for info or blue prints to build new hot water furnace. I have a 20" Kirks Stoker. What style of furnace works best? Anyone have good used or new furnace to sell? I heat my house and shop with central coal heating system. Any advice appreciated. Thank you
 

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I grew up in a house with a Kirks coal furnace.
When we built our new house in 2000 rather than put in Natural Gas I purchased a Pelco coal fired boiler. The boiler they sell today looks much better than the one I have (much more robust) but a 20,000 price tag instead of 7 G that I spent. + 2G for the underground pipe and 2G to insulate the pipe and a used hopper bottom to store the coal... Long story short, I don't think anything build today will last like your Kirks stoker did. And what I might have saved in fuel costs I spent more on maintenance and rebuilds. As well, we couldn't go anywhere for fear of breakdowns. We replaced the Kirks last year after 53 years of dependable service but it was totally worn out. Had to cut it into pieces to get it out of the house. And a new boiler in this house this year. So much happier now I wish I had never messed with the coal. I got really good at troubleshooting but coming home to a cold house...well who has time for that today? As well, when the fire goes out the boiler works in reverse and turns the house into an icicle in 6 hours. A barrel of glycol antifreeze went to 2400.00 so we just used water which added to the stress of keeping it going. I had spare parts for everything and could change most anything any time of day or night, but who needs that. 3 am and 30 below, what awful memories. Be glad for the economy the Kirks provided all those years but my advice is switch now before you sink a bunch of money into a moneypit.
 

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The date for coal to be phased out keeps getting moved up and who knows what might change if we possibly have change of provincial government??? My stoker is good and I have extra gear box and auger. We have electric furnace for backup power in case of coal furnace failure. I have a couple of neighbors that heat with coal and we help out each other when someone on vacation. I know there are definitely pros and cons and it probably isn't worth it in todays world to set up complete system but I have everything set up and just want to replace my furnace. I have furnace and 1 ton hopper in 12X12 heated building with 2000 bushel hopper bin outside so I never have coal bridge above my stoker. I would try to build my own furnace and wondered about design or if anyone had experience with that. Thank you.
 
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