My house is 1250 sq. ft. (25x50) and is totally open on the front level with a kitchen and large dining area. The back level, which has a living area, bathroom, and two bedrooms, is 3 ft higher with a knee wall seperating the two levels. The Hitzer is located in the back of the lower half (yes, it's right in the house which I will probably move down under the house at some point in time) and I purchased a $8 12" elbow to direct the heat towards the front of the house and with natural convection of heat rising, it goes right up to the back level and the front and back are at the most, 2* difference. I have included a photo to help you get the idea and remember, my house is on 8x8 poles with no foundation underneath. The bottom of the back half is cold storage and is where I now keep my wood and where I kept my bagged rice when I was using my stoker. Now, I did insulate the floors when I got the house but the wind can blow right under it, unless we get lots of that poor man's insulation that falls from the sky, which helps a lot! You will notice the small coal bin on the front porch, which holds about 3/4 ton. I am teaching myself how to use the coal, slowly, a little more each time, but am still using wood too. What I do is get a good bed of wood coals in the bottom, then throw on some coal. I burn a little more each time as my confidence is gaining. I can't remember the size of the firebox and I apologize. It is not triangular like the 1557M, but large and square, and what I have read on here, that is a good thing for burning coal. Personally, I think the 82FA is going to be a great coal buner but for right now, I think the stove is smarter than me. I have a neighbor who purchased the Hot Blast and is very jealous of my Hitzer. Any other questions, please feel free to ask.
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