lowfog01 wrote:Did you check out the archives? I seem to remember a thread running a few months back on the Crane. Lisa
Freddy wrote:I can't help on specifics, and I'm no expert, but generally speaking a good coal stove needs some things and likes others. It needs the air that feeds the fire to come from under the grates. The incoming air needs to be controllable. The whole stove should be air tight and one way or another the air regulated. It's OK to have air ports over the fire, but they usually remain closed. The next thing, it needs cast iron grates that shake one way or another. The grates should allow plenty of air flow and cover or almost cover the entire bottom of the burn chamber. If the grates are smaller than the burn chamber it will be more difficult to use. Now the biggie....coal likes depth. A taller skinnier stove will burn better than a flat, more shallow one. There are some good flat-ish ones out there, but if it doesn't allow for at least 6 or 7" of depth,... I like 8 to 12" better..... I'd keep looking.
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rebbelbiker wrote:lowfog01 wrote:Did you check out the archives? I seem to remember a thread running a few months back on the Crane. Lisa
Thanks for the input. Yes, I searched the archives. Nothing popped up relating to the Crane 202 or the Firefox. Mark
CapeCoaler wrote:The Crane would be my choice!
Was talking with someone who worked with the owner/designer of the Crane Stoves back in the day.
Brilliant chemical engineer, great stoves.
He resold the Cranes as a dealer and strongly endorsed the stove.
Had the Crane Stoves owner do seminars for him to explain the science of burning coal.
Crane went out of business for a few reasons but not because they had a bad coal stove.
I like the Model 44 myself.
You want straight sides and a deep fire pot.