clint wrote:I burn coal that is native to SE KY not such which type, the coal is mostly from an old deep mine on our property. I had it sampled and it goes about 0.70 sulfer and over 14,300 BTU with about 3.5% ash so a pretty clean burning coal.
I am thinking about buying a cast iron wood insert and burning coal in it anyway. One that is A non catalytic model. I have seen a couple of 34" wide models that we like.
We usually just burn coal at night to bank the fire, or burn a little bit of coal with wood when we first build a fire in order to heat the stove quickly so the themostat in the fan will kit on quicker and get the room warm faster. During the day we usually burn wood. MY moms buck stove was installed in 1982. And we have been burning coal and wood in it like this ever since, and it has not warped or cracked or melted or anything like that. We never build like a coal only roaring super hot fire in it. I am sure I could probably build a hot enough fire with coal only, that would do damage the stove, but I don't plan on trying it.
If the hitzer was a little wider I would be all over it, but I don't want to have six inches of trim on each side. We have a nice looki ng fireplace and I don't want to cover it up with trim.
Did you look at Bakers Yet The Hitzer model 983 would be closer to the size your looking for then the model 503 .
The baker is smaller then both of the Hitzer. Looks like the Harman is the wider taller deepest one of them all.
Good luck on your seach Not many stove companies making inserts anymore. http://www.bakerstoves.com/stoves5.htmhttp://www.hitzer.com/model983.htmlhttp://www.hitzer.com/model503.html
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