Just installed my new Reading utility stoker RSFD-07 on 2/9/08. I like it much better than previous stove. A hand fired United States Stove Wondercoal heater. To bad i did not find this site months ago. Could have saved myself much grief. I have been reading and learning much here. This is a wonderful sight. Thank you
Went with the handfed due to power outages and the ability to burn wood. In the Harman line, the 250 has the highest BTU rating, other than a furnce. I don't mind hand feed at all. Sling in a 5 gallon bucket 2-3 times per 24 hours and that's it.
I'm starting to bum that the season is ending... I like messing with the handfired. It's easy, very predictable and consistent and simple. We all hang out around it each evening, lab with head on the stone. Kids do their homework in front of it. I'm going to miss it. It's changed how we live.
Running a Harman Mark II, waiting for a chimney is a Godin Petite Round. A VC Vigilant Multi-Fuel needs fixing and will get sold next fall along with a VC Vigilant wood burner. Slowly convincing the ‘rents to get some coal in their life. Envious of a stoker boiler, content with the Mark II looking for a good Mark III.
first year burning coal,bought koker stove / kestoker awwwsome unit added to oil fha furnace.if stoker is girlie man count me in .gone from home to long to foss with hand feed.i like firebugging to that is for the pit and hardwood sat.nite by the river.anyway i vote STOKER.
Looks like the rice is going to be tight this year. Bigger sizes should be no problem. If you do not have your rice yet get friendly with someone who does. The A-A's and hand fed stoves take larger size coal which does not seem to be a problem yet.
US stove hotblast.I know it's a peice of junk by a lot of the posts here but I love it.A furnace keeps all the dust and stuff in the cellar,heats the whole house evenly(connected to ductwork).Just a great set up.Twice a day shake and dump,not to much work. DON