Perky wrote:Thanks for the input. I'm torn between the Kodiak and a Hitzer 50-93 - if I could combine features from both, I'd be happy. Must have non-electric due to power outages. Bad enough not having light and water, but need heat. I definately need a hopper. My Franco is gravity fed and holds 60 lbs and has a dial setting and a shaker grate system similar to the Kodiak. I will miss it. The Hitzer holds only 50 lb., but has the dial also. I'm used to filling a hopper twice a day and ashes once a day.
A couple more questions.........
Is it difficult to shake the Kodiak with the set up inside the ash door?
Do you run a barometric draft? (currently have one)
Please explain the bi-metal thermostat - how does it work? (can't really find any info on it).
Currently burn pea, but grates look bigger on both these, so I'm looking at nut....any thoughts?
Bi metal thermostat is for your secondary air there is a flap door on the left side bottom rear of the stove there is a
dial up top on the back of the stove with numbers on it you set for the amount of air you want to put into the stove
there is a chain hooked on the flap door and to the dial knob with a thermostat built in to it when the temp hits your set point the flap door will open & close to control the amount of air going into the stove if you need more heat turn the dial
up to a higher number the thermostat will open the flap door to let more air into the stove.
The Hitzer and several other stove uses this type of Bi - metal thermostat. As far as electric you do not need any to run
a hand fed stove only for the blower fan if you want to use it to blow off the hot heat on the stove body to the room the
stove is in. It also will help keep the outside stove body temp down You can use the stove with it or with out it.
I always ran blower on all my hand fed stoves I had over the years .
The kodiak will hold 120 lbs of coal . As for the shaking the ash down threw the ash door there are alot of stove made like this. There is a tool that slids over the end of the grate ash aditator you slide it back and forth left to right to shake
down the ash. You have to open the ash door to do this. On this stove there is also a outside side ash shaker handel like
you would see on the Harman Hitzer & many other stoves . You can shake the ash down with out opening the ash door
when using this side handel. Either way you shake it there is 6 to 8 inch of movement from left to right.
These stoves will run 15.000 btu's on low & up to 100.000 Btu's on high or anywhere in between.
You should always run a baro on a air tight hand fed coal stove Aswell as coal stoker stove boilers furnaces .
If you are interested in mine PM Me I will sell it to you for a good price less then half the cost of a new one.
This stove is like New condition New glass New blower and all 4 gaskets are New . Also the three glass tabs and bolts are new S.S. bolts. Stove weight 475lbs on the new ones . This one weighs a little more do to the bigger firebricks there are
6 sections of bricks the base of the bricks are 4.5" to 5.5 " thick tampered up to 1.5 " to 2.5 " to the top 9.5 " tall
The two piece front and back are 20.5 " wide The two one piece sides are 12.5 " wide.
Puts the stove around 500 or more lbs.