duramaxdrift66 wrote:good mornin!!! ok the house is a raised ranch, baseboard heat (water)..im thinking the hitzer or the harmen with a blower will be the best option..my propane stove is 65000btu and heated very good...thinkin the price may determine the purchase..o ya the house is a total of 1500sqf...i live in preston ct and have looked at every stove on craigslist...the one for sale in ledyard ct is $750 for a harmin mark1, i looked at it and its 15yrs old and looks worked, did have a blower but geez...didnt want to insult the guy and offer $300..
duramaxdrift66 wrote:i went to the hitzer site, that is a sweet stove! says it can put out up to 100,000 btu..i have a stove store here in preston (preston trading post) im goin there today to see some pricing, but they are usually very high..when starting a coal stove do i start with wood or can they be started with gel? for the hitzer..
free town did you ever try the cowboy charcoal??? i get it at wall mart works awesome the brand is natural wood charcoal ( royal oak brand ) red bagfreetown fred wrote:I suspect that I'm just an old sissy--BUT--I've tried a few ways to get her started--and will swear by the instant light briquets you can pick up at Sam's Club or Wal-mart. It's a 13.5 lb bag. I dump 1/2 to 3/4 of the bag in & light--have my ash door vents open 1/2 way, MPD open & back flap on 8--as the charcoal gets a good red/hot base I slowley add coal until I am up to the hopper bottom & let her go until I've got some LADIES dancin about--I then fill the hopper--shut the MPD (depending on outside temps)--shut down ash door vents & put back flap on 4-5 in this kind of weather--these draft adjustments, you're going to have to play with. Keep us posted Your cat don't look very happy--door get closed on his tail ?? Remember,check craigs list--these Hitzers don't break!! so the chance of getting ripped off is real slim ---where are you from DM??--place in avatar for that once you get your stoveduramaxdrift66 wrote:i went to the hitzer site, that is a sweet stove! says it can put out up to 100,000 btu..i have a stove store here in preston (preston trading post) im goin there today to see some pricing, but they are usually very high..when starting a coal stove do i start with wood or can they be started with gel? for the hitzer..
Coalfire wrote:duramaxdrift66 wrote:i want to heat the house with only the coal stove...the furnace is about 15yrs old with a 83% efficiency rating..it gets serviced every year but looks like poo...i want to finish the basement and eliminate the furnace setup..coal will be the primary heat source...im looking for a 55000btu stove...but would like a blower on it to move the hot air...i like being hot rather than being cold..thats what windows are for..
If you finish the basement you may have trouble getting heat upstairs without cutting holes in the floor. You said you have a hot water furnace, by that you mean you have baseboards, or convectors, or something like that in your house? If so why not put in a stoker boiler? minimal tending if it has coal and ash is empty, and you would be using the method of transfering heat you already have and know works, rather than getting a stove, then cutting a hole here and then one here, and then putting a fan here when it doesn;t heat as planned
Just a thought, Eric