Interesting that you just ordered the Kodiak, as I shot out on Route 84 from Middletown NY so that I could re enter NJ in Milford and on down Route 206 to 15 to where I live. I must be about 38 or so miles from Luhrs in Milford where I too visited today to check out the Kodiak. I decided I would make a point of seeing as many of the stoves I was considering between this weekend and next week and try to place an order.
Having never shook a coal stove before, I wondered if those round grates loosen up a bit, since they seemed quite resistant to moving....at least compared to the standard alligator style that the Harmon and other like stoves have. I also don't understand how the round grate system would be better, but I did like the look of the stove. The lines and the arched door is more pleasing to my eye anyway. Also wonder however if having to slide that little door aside to then slip the handle onto the shaker does not pose any potential problems. Would have seemed simpler to place it in a better position or set up like the Harman and Hitzer.
In pricing it out, I included the bi-metal damper which adds an additional $76 to the $123.00 blower and $1400 base price. In my case however, since a delivery would have to be made, I was most impressed with the low fee. In the case of other stove dealers, the delivery fee ranged from $125-200.00 The dealer in Milford agreed to $50.00.
In fact, I am considering purchasing the mid sized Quadra- Fire wood stove as well, and found that combining the delivery would not affect the price. That is almost unheard of. Finally, I feel I am getting a deal, or at least a fair price for a stove or two that I am leaning towards.
Upon recommendation from several of you, I also checked out the Channing Stoker. I do like the styling and the price, but need more time to decide if that is the route I am heading. While I was out, I did have a mason open up the two basements with a 36" door opening. No doubt in my mind, that even a handfired stove could heat the better part of the house, now that there is a true direction for all that heat to go.
Well, TGIF! On my way out the door to South Jersey...and with any luck at all, may drop in for a visit to Bobkat in hopes I can check out his Hitzer 50-93.
Thanks for all your suggestions and comments...I may even look into a torch system for lighting the fire in the future.