I like the look of the baker, more of a traditional look, not fancy, but solid and rugged. Beyond looks I like the air control spin knobs and the fact that it has above and below the fire draft control. I like the cast iron loading and ash clean out doors. I like the external shaker handle. It can be ordered with top or rear flue, so it can be recessed or set on the hearth in front of the fireplace like I did, to allow the radiant heat off the sides in to the room, therefore increasing efficiency. I really like the heat exchanger design better than the Harmon or Hitzer. The drawback is that the last I looked, it costs the most of all three brands. The Hitzer's are a great bang for the buck. They have the 503 model that is the smallest of the bunch, but might be well sized for your home. It is the only model that has a hopper feed system. There is a lot of info on the 503 in the handfired section of the form. The 983 would be compared to the baker in size and heat output. It lacks the external shaker handle. You have to open the Ash pan door to shake the grates. The left and right side shake separately witch may be a bonus or not depending how you look at it. The loading door is not cast, and does not have the above the fire draft control like the baker, although it does have a air wash to keep the window clean. If you are going to recess the unit, the 983 captures the heat off the sides better than the baker or Harmon, with a tin surround that the fans are housed in. But if you wish to locate the circulation fan away from the unit , like under it in the basement or something, for noise reduction in your living area, the Baker design would facilitate that better. I think the Harmons are closer to the Baker in design than the Hitzer. Although Harmon to has the nice spin control knobs for the main draft control on the ash door, they lack the above the fire draft control that I have grown to like so much.