Some background on Riteway
Stoves...they came about during the 70's as a result of the oil embargo and higher conventional fuel cost but dwindled as the move to solid fuels slowed when conventional fuels cost came back in line.
It was a common practice to customize and add the air jacket w/ blower and connect the Riteway
into the homes duct-work.
Ritway had a good thing and people came to realize it. It was their downdraft, secondary burn,cast iron shaker grate and bi-metal t'stat features that won them high praise. The competition, at the time, had nothing like it.Riteway
being out of business and people still praising the surviving stoves' performance caught the eye of new emerging stove manufacturers.
You only need look to the Hitzer line of stoves and see thier Model 82 which comes in 3 or more different configurations...undoubtedly a Riteway
And then along comes D S Stove and guess what? The Riteburn, Models which, as well, comes in 3 or more different configurations. another Riteway
Now, granted, these models are all hand fed and some models are popular among the Amish Community, but the 3 or more different configurations are not all geared toward them.
Some model of these Riteway
Clones are Basement Models and Furnace Add On's to be ducted into existing duct-work.
So,here's where I come in...it occurred to me that the next step or level to take this would be to skip the shaker grate and bi-metal t'stat and mount a flat bed stoker, hopper, wall-T'stat. and a jacket & blower.
I found my Donor Stove for this project on Craig's List for a little more than $200. (as seen in first post above) I was surprised...I had 3 to chose from, scattered around my location.
The one I purchased was the better of the 3 and least cost.
My current heat is with a water to air heat-pump w/ "pump and dump" (open system...water-well) Makes my DHW also...not the desuper-heater method...switches over and heats "water to water" at full output till satisfied.
My expectations are to not see a great economic benefit w/ coal ...but...I guess,