why not reading coal stove?

why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: Treeman On: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:20 am

Can anyone tell me specifically why they would not buy a reading stove? I am looking at the susquhanna. What is the tri burner design? Is it as simple as some people like Fords and some like Chevys? I understand there are things one may like or dis like, but both are high quality automobiles. I can buy a reading stove at a very reasonable price, but dont want to sacrifice any significant efficiency,reliability or overall quality. The stove also comes with a coal-trol which is something I like. If there is something I should know, please tell me before I spend hard earned cash. Thanks very much!
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: gaw On: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:29 am

Several years ago I looked at some and thought the workmanship was not quite up to par with some of the others. Things can change. If you looked at one and it looks good to you buy it. I don’t know that it burns coal any better or worse than the others. I have noticed many Reading owners on here that are happy with their stoves.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:37 am

I believe that I heard somewhere where some of the components of Reading stoves are made in China (like the door perhaps). This might be the source for at least some of the negativity. ???
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: Treeman On: Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:02 pm

I guess that if thats the best reasons we can come up with I'll try a reading stove. Any info before I purchase would be greatly appreciated thanx again
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: Coalfire On: Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:30 pm

They just seem like a cheaper build quality. I had looked at them and for the price they wanted I got a harman. Much more robust. After seeing all the stokers I would take any over a reading ;)




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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: CT coal burner On: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:08 pm

There is always a reason why something is less expensive, all things being equal, you will sacrifice something. If it is true that some of the components are made in China, then we are sacrificing American jobs to save a few bucks. So if you care about our country's future, then that would be a consideration. If your main concern is to save a few bucks (at the expense of others, and your own future) then follow the cheapest product. :|
Isn't it great to have choices?
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: 1ststatedvd On: Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:46 pm

I just purchased a Juniata Stoker Coal Stove last month which is made by Reading and we are happy with it. It comes with a 4 year warranty and yes it is a little cheaper. We haven't had any problems and its 85,000 BTU keeping my 1500 sq.ft. home comfortable.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: saragnac On: Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:53 pm

I'm all about buy American but if money is tight, I think buying a stove (even with parts made in China) is better than staying dependent on arab oil. Since our country lets us sell coal overseas, at least your buying from a country that is investing in ours. I highly doubt the arab nations are buying much of anything from us. I am a veteran (Air Force '86-'90) and my wife and I are raising 5 kids. We both work full time jobs, pay taxes and own American made vehicles. But we also have to pinch pennies where we can and I'm sure if you went through my day to day purchases you would find items not made in this country. It's either that or put our hand out and take some form of welfare which I believe that is a much larger drain on our country than buying a stove with a couple parts made in China. So, CT coal burner, go a little easier on Treeman, we may not know the whole story. I consider myself a far right conservative but I have to admit that if the shaker handle or the ash bin of my Harman was made in China, it would not have kept me from purchasing it. Once I get to the point in my life where I can financially afford to buy as close to 100% American as possible, you will certainly find me in that line. But I'm not quite there yet.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:38 am

saragnac wrote:I I consider myself a far right conservative but I have to admit that if the shaker handle or the ash bin of my Harman was made in China, it would not have kept me from purchasing it. Once I get to the point in my life where I can financially afford to buy as close to 100% American as possible, you will certainly find me in that line. But I'm not quite there yet.


I'm with you on this - I always try to buy American but sometimes the quality just isn't there. Today for instance I was looking to replace my garden rake. I went to 3 different stores before I brought and then I ended up returning an American made model because the weld holding the prongs to the pole broke. I ended up getting a better quality rake made overseas with components made in America. It was the best I could do with the money I had to spend. All things being equal, I'd buy American first but those rakes were far from equal. I can say the same thing about the cars I drive - two Toyota Corollas, one 8 years old and 5 years old. I went foreign because every time I had gone with an American model they nickel and dimed me to death within a year or two. No so with the Toyotas I have now or I had before. Those things take a licking and I never have to think about repair bills or maintenance issues beyond changing the tires or brakes. I did make sure the ones I brought were made in factories in the USA. It was the best I could do with what money I had. That's my bottom line, give me a quality American made product and I'll buy it but I'm not going to spend my hard earned money on junk just so I can say I brought American. I don't have the money to make repeated purchases of items I use daily. Lisa
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: saragnac On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:51 am

Most Toyota vehicles are more domestic than traditional American made cars and trucks. Believe it or not the most domestic made vehicle of 2010 was a Toyota Camry. The Tundra was even completely designed in America for America and is considered the most domestic truck made. I don't believe they even sell it in Japan. So, you are definitely buying American when you buy a Toyota. My step son has a Tundra and it's quite a machine and I hope one day I can afford one.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:08 am

saragnac wrote:Most Toyota vehicles are more domestic than traditional American made cars and trucks. Believe it or not the most domestic made vehicle of 2010 was a Toyota Camry. The Tundra was even completely designed in America for America and is considered the most domestic truck made. I don't believe they even sell it in Japan. So, you are definitely buying American when you buy a Toyota. My step son has a Tundra and it's quite a machine and I hope one day I can afford one.


I believe it. I've had 4 or 5 over my life and each one has gotten 150,000 or 200,000 miles with minimal repairs. It will be the first car I look at when ours finally die. Here in VA we have a Car Tax based on the value of the car. That's why I won't buy a new car. It just seems un-American to have to pay a tax for the privilege of owning a car. I often say I plan to keep my cars until the state pays me! I almost made it on my Tercel wagon. The tax was down to $50 a year before it finally died. :D Take care, Lisa
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:00 am

saragnac wrote:Most Toyota vehicles are more domestic than traditional American made cars and trucks. Believe it or not the most domestic made vehicle of 2010 was a Toyota Camry. The Tundra was even completely designed in America for America and is considered the most domestic truck made. I don't believe they even sell it in Japan. So, you are definitely buying American when you buy a Toyota. My step son has a Tundra and it's quite a machine and I hope one day I can afford one.


If they are selling them in Japan, they will need the steering wheel on the opposite side. Probably the main reason why American made cars and trucks never made many inroads as to sales in Japan is that our manufacturers refused to make lines capable of producing vehicles with the steering wheel on the opposite side.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: Qball On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:34 am

I looked at the Reading several times, and decided on the Keystoker. Yes it was more expensive, but it is much more of a stove. Just the weight and the quality of the construction lead me to the Keystoker. A local dealer had the Readings on the floor and available. It was tempting to have one delivered immediately, but I am very glad I waited for the Keystoker.
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:45 am

Cooler minds will prevail....and did for Qball. Do the research, use some common sense.....VERY HARD to find in tooooooooo many cases, and don't be impulsive. If it sounds too good to be be true, it probably is.....! We all know Keystoker makes great products, and don't rule out Leisure Line either. Matt and Dave have raised the bar even higher.... and as we get older and heavier....well, they are trying to keep us fit aren't they? I like the slogan a local carpenter has on his business card: "Making a reputation, NOT relying on one!" Can anyone identify with that statement? ...thought you all could!

Nice early winter day....NO SUN, No green grass anymore, no leaves, few birds.....deer are hiding from the hunters, foxes are eating the bird seed out for the ground eating birds....wait.....this isn't as much fun as I thought!!! Oh NO!!! Ski Areas are open and blowing "White Gold". Who would have ever thought that "Passes" would be soooo much more expensive......

Wax the snow machines. you guys will need a few more weeks...and more snow!
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Re: why not reading coal stove?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:48 am

You'll do fine with a Reading. The only thing is the "tri-burner" uses one motor to run the combustion fan and the coal pusher. A $65 retrofit makes the stove burn the coal quite a bit better, especially on low settings. You buy a small 50 cubic foot a minute blower from Granger, remove the plastic Reading fan blade, and add the new blower allowing it to run constantly. It makes unburned coal a thing of the past.
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