coal berner wrote:Hello John I would look at either the kodiak or the Hitzer 50-93 the Hitzer 30-95 is a little small only holds 30lbs of coal 1800 sq.ft The kodiak is much larger and holds 120lbs of coal up to 3000sq.ft 15.000 to 100.000 B.T.U. The Hitzer 50-93 holds 50lbs of coal up to 2500 sq. ft. both have Optional blower the Hitzer comes with 210 C.F.M. and the kodiak has a 120 C.F.M. both are well bulit stoves in your case I think you would want as much coal capacity you can get being you are away for long periods of time also the Hitzer as Automatic draft control and the kodiak offers A Bi- Metal thermostat which will help you control your fire and burn time better good luck on you choice Oh both should be price around the same with out Options
coal berner wrote:Well OBVIOUSLY ron it depends on what dealer you are talking to and where they are located at If you are talking to a dealer in bloomsburg pa well of course the Alaska will be less because they are made there less shipping or no shipping cost because they can pick them up at the factory Hitzer are made in Indiana so it all depends where the person and the dealer is located if the person is closer to Indiana well the the Hitzer will be less money it all depends on location and how much shipping is we are talking 200.00 between them plus the Hitzer comes with a bigger blower more cost
coal berner wrote:Well ron why then the Alaska dealer at the fair from sunbury pa told me that the blower was 125.00 plus tax and the Bi - metal thermostat was 76.00 plus tax and shipping When you buy the blower from the Alaska company it is 150.00 plus tax and shipping why because the dealer in sunbury are not buying the blower from the Alaska company they are buying from another manufacture the Jackel inc. J238 is what he is selling so he can sell them for what he wants to the blower from Alaska is a fasco 125A is a better motor made in USA not overseas so there for the dealer can sell the stove for whatever he wants to from whatever his cost is up to the MSRP like i said before it all depends what dealer it is and where he is located
jpen1 wrote:alaska does some very strange things as a company. I live in bloomsburg so at the fair last year I asked the sunbury dealer about buying a Channing he said he could not sell me a stove and that if I wanted one I had to buy off the factory showroom because of where I live. He told me that every dealer must sell at the same price no matter where they are and all promotions must be cleared by the factory. For the most part in there case I believe it to be true becuase Bksaun and I paid the same for our stoves minus the extra option I added and he live in Kentucky.
jpen1 wrote:Ron I bought my stove from the owner of Alaska stove company and yes they have a factory store where you can buy a stove. They want you to buy from a dealer if you live near one but you are not required to do so. And Yes If the factory catches that dealer selling it for that price without authorization they can pull his franchise at there discretion. The now retiired founder of alaska is a friend of my parents and that is a condition of becoming an alaska dealer. Also the factory has a home territory which includes bloomsburg, berwick, and there surounding comunities if you live there you can only buy from the factory. I also checked with a dealer from union county and he said he couln't sell me a stove as well becuse he could loose his franchise/dealership.