I decided this winter after burning wood for the past 40 years that I was going to coal, had it in my mind that a hand fired hopper stove would be the way to go. The wife and I started going around to the stove dealers and we were talked into a stoker. I found a like new 1 year old (no names) 90,000 btu, bought it and installed it. Now keep in mind my situation is, uninsulated basement where the stove is but used as a play room, and ranch house = 2400 sq ft with cold air returns installed in the floor of two rooms. The stoker with coal-trol ran at 99% for three days and burned close to 300lbs and would not get the temp upstairs above 69*
the temp outside was 17*. Needless to say the stove was sold and I purchased a Hitzer 50-93 that I wanted in the first place which is 95,000 btu, Wa La I can heat my upstairs as warm as I want, normally 73-75* with outside temp 17* and now with the daytime temps here at 45-59* it idles down to 175* on the stove front and I turn it up late afternoon and it is heaven at night
. Go with the Hitzer and you won't be disapointed. I see the next post mentions fly ash which I do not have any problem with at all.