I've been lurking for a few days, trying to learn all i can. We have a Coalbrookdale Much Wenlock that we bought used in 1999. We now have to consider replacing it because of the worn liner/boiler inside and the rear flue cover thingie is showing wear (when we looked with a flashlight, the light shone through the stove to the wall
DH is thinking that we can fix the Much Wenlock at some point. I'm not as hopeful since our sweep who's willing to fix just about anything and who's very knowledgeable just shook his head no when i asked if he could repair it. He has made repairs on it in the past, although the last time he made one, he did tell us that we'd probably have to consider replacing the stove in a year or two. Here we are 18 months later.
I wanted a coal/wood stove because i knew we wouldn't be disciplined enough to have enough dry wood on hand. We also don't have acreage where we'd be able to harvest our own wood.
We love burning with coal, and with the crack our Much Wenlock has, we felt we were unable to use our stove with this last bit of sleety stuff we got around St. Patrick's Day. This only confirmed our desire to find a replacement stove in time for the next stove season.
When we first moved here, we had enough power outages so that i wanted something that didn't require electricity (I won't go on a rant about how i dislike our electric company). I wanted a stove that would keep one room warm and the rest of the house warm enough so that pipes wouldn't burst. Little did i know that the Much Wenlock would heat the entire house!
We went looking and found a Hitzer, model 30-95 that looks like it'll fit the bill nicely.
I was thinking how convenient it would be to have a hopper. We hand feed right now (so i guess that would make me a shovel and shake kind of gal).
I read the thread about hopper fires and must say, i never thought about having a hopper fire. That scares me.
Has anyone here used a Hitzer 30-95? We saw one in action in a space that was a little bit larger than our ground floor where the stove will be, so i have no doubt that it'll be a good size for our house (1600 sq ft).
We'll also get one of those heat-generated circulating fans, which ought to move the air around a bit. Right now, we're just radiant heat shovellers and shakers. Or i should say were
Sorry so long--wanted this to be an intro as well as asking about the Hitzer 30-95. Please share your opinion on how this stove has/hasn't worked for you.