Sorry to hear your problems with the TLC. I have been burning mine for 4 years now & love it. This is my 3rd coal stove & by far the best one I've ever owned. Air-tight, easy to regulate, easy to load & unload, huge ash pan & even looks good!
JLF53 wrote:Another member had his glass crack and blamed nimself vut I think it is bad design
I had a cracked window 2 years ago & replaced it & bought a spare door/window assembly for $100.00 so if it happens again I won't even have to shut down, I'll just swap doors.I think glass can break in any stove so I wouldn't single out Harman for that problem.
JLF53 wrote:Other design defects are the lip on the inside of the front door, which collects ash and flys around the room even on slow opening.
Then there is the lip on the left top of the ash pan near the shaker mechanism. It collects ash and needs to be cleaned after every shake with an l shaped hanger or other metal rod.
I agree about the lip in the ash pan as an ash collector but I'm going to design a hood for it which should solve the problem. Never had a problem with the lip on the door. (door hinge pins do tend to crawl up & out with use so you have to push them down occasionally. I don't find this a big problem but you could always jury rig your own hinge pins with cotter pins to fix that problem.
JLF53 wrote:And finally when I got the blower three weeks ago, the holes on the blower did not properly line up with the screw mounting holes on the stove. I finally had to get a carbide tipped drill and enlarge the hole on the fan mount so that I could attach it to the stove.. In addition the stove was hot where the screw attaches, took 2 hours and burned my fingers.
I hooked up my own blower fan which sits behind the stove & connects via a duct fitting, so I never had the mounting hole issue.
I think the bottom line is that, after burning 3 stoves, there is no such thing as a "Perfect" stove & each will have its quirks. All in all, I would say this is the easiest stove to fill, operate & clean out that I have ever owned & would have no reservations about recommending it to anyone.
If this is your first stove & you are looking for perfection, I don't think you'll be happier with any other stove.
One benefit/problem common to most Harmans is the design of the shaker mechanism which has extensive travel for easy dumping/clean out. Until you learn how to shake a Harman, you can easily dump to much of you fire by accident. I designed a "Stop" for most Harmans that works pretty well. "Stops" For Harman Shaker Mechanisms?
Edit: Forgot this: "The bottom and second cast iron bars have warped to the point that they touched the glass and cracked it."
I have replaced one bar for warping but I wouldn't call that a design flaw any more than I would recommend against buying a Honda because I got a flat tire in one.
(I consider it normal wear & tare & it was cheap to replace)
Take a deep breath.....Pour yourself a nice stiff dink.......sit in front of your stove & bask in the heat & chill out!