DS Machine


PostBy: Coalfire On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:45 am

Hi everyone,
Well I think it is a go, this fall I will be getting a DS Machine Hot air circulator 130K BTU with hopper. Amos at the factory showed it to me said they don't have it in the catalog. Same size as basement #4 but has tubes in the firebox for better heat exchange. My question is who has a ds machine any model. What do you think, likes dislikes. I think this is the way I am going unless someone give me a bunch of negatives about them
Thanks in advance, Eric
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 96K btu Circulator
Coal Size/Type: Nut

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PostBy: Homer+1 On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:11 am

Hi Coalfire,
We have a D.S. Machine basement stove #4 with hopper. First coal stove first winter have the same fire going since Oct 2. We love it! The house is averaging about 74.5 most all the time, it's just shake the grates every 12 hours and add coal. We have used just ovet three tons of coal so far. The only problem I can think of it it evevn is a problem the square fire box will get some ash build up in the corners so I made a poker with a 90 degree bend 12 inches from the end, and let the fire get down about every ten days or so and rake the corners good. We have burned wood in the past and raking the corners of the stove does not bother me compared too the bark mess from the wood. We have only been running the draft at 2.5 - 3 the last 2 weeks about 15 - 25 pounds a day with stove top temps about 275 -300. But when needed earler in the winter with the wind had it up to 4 - 4.5 with stove top temps 350 - 450 and 30 -50 pounds a day it's great I think. All my heat comes up from the basement through a 12 by 14 regester whit a fan right under it on low the basement is usually about 3 to 5 degees warmer than the up stairs. Should have done this years ago!!!!!!!!!!!! This stove is a tank and pumps out a lot of heat when needed, and the wife loves the heat!!! Oh we are up here in Central Michigan.The house is about 3000 square feet. :D Jim
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D S Machine, Harman
Coal Size/Type: Stove & Nut


PostBy: Skipfish On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:15 pm

You won't regret your decision - I had the 96,000 BTU Circulator model installed in December. Very simple design - the grates operate smoothly, the ash pan is huge, and of course, it really puts out the heat. I also visited the factory showroom down in Gordonville. Nice folks and very knowledgeable. The only item that wasn't spot-on was the hopper door gasket ended up with enough paint on it that it didn't seal right. Once I replaced the gasket, the stove has been running steadily since December 15th.

I have a 2200 square foot house, and the 96,000 BTU size has not had any problems keeping the house warm -130,000 BTU's would be overkill here. My January electric bill was the lowest in the past 18 months, and thats with the PPL rate increase. (Electric baseboard heat - what was I thinking?!). Thanks to all in this forum for changing my mind from wood to coal. My only regret is not doing this sooner.
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S. Machine
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator


PostBy: Paisan On: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:00 am

I also have the circulator 96,000. Love it!! It rocks The nunber 4 with tubes sounds like a monster. That should do the job. Can you put up some pics of that stove?
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: 1600 Circulator


PostBy: Coalfire On: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:51 pm

The 130k is same as 96k circulator just larger, I will post pics when I get it. More than likely that will be this summer, as I want to finish using up all the rice coal. Thanks for the replys everyone :)
Have a great day, Eric
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 96K btu Circulator
Coal Size/Type: Nut


PostBy: jpd989 On: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:05 pm

I bought a Basement model #3 in Sept. Fired it up in late October. It burns great. Keeps our 1000sqft ranch home from 68 when its in the single digits, to god knows during these high 30 to 40 degree days. I tend to it 2x a day when temps are below 30 and 1x when over 30. Best money I spent. Sold my stoker since it was sitting idle this winter. Im heating this house old school style now. Hand fired.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Machine Basement Stove #3
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat and Chestnut
Stove/Furnace Model: LL110k Boiler


PostBy: castlegates On: Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:22 am

They're outta stock right now till next month so I put an order in :mad: ; I'm looking at the 110 energy max. The 75 with a nice big window is there teasing you but they won't sell any yet. I'm working on Amos to see if he'll bend and sell me one...then again I'm going to hook up the water heater and stop paying electric so maybe the 110 is better. I just wish it had a larger glass for the happy factor of watching it for the family.

This morning, I'm going to get a trailer load of free firewood and look at a handfull of trees this guy wants gone! I would buy coal but if I can find free wood and a burner that will cook it for 8-12 hours, that's all I need! I like that it recirculates; for some reason I would want that when I burn coal (more efficient)

I just wish they had one in stock (he wouldn't sell me the floor model). I told him to hire more people but they're paranoid about getting too large. ;)
Stove/Furnace Make: DS MACHINES
Stove/Furnace Model: ENERGY MAX


PostBy: coalfan On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:28 pm

have been looking into the ds machine 110 and comfortmax 75 look like well built stoves and the features seem to be well thought out to any one have any actuall usage on these stoves ? and how they perform with wood /and coal any info. would be thankful thanx....
Hand Fed Coal Stove: handfed coal stove
Coal Size/Type: nut/ pea ant.some bit.
Stove/Furnace Model: ds circulator/1500 sl/wh.

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