Tour at Hitzer

Tour at Hitzer

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:47 am

Stopped by Hitzer Stove Company, in Berne Indiana yesterday and was given the shop tour by Dean Lehman.

I got to look at all their products and was told about the differences in each one. I alway's wondered why they built a batch fed stove when the hopper fed seem more user friendly. I was told many costomers use them for wood burners, but due to E.P.A. reg's Hitzer can't advertise them as dual fuel [wood/coal].

The Model 55 and 82 Heater have a uniqe down draft design that forces the exhaust gases back through the fire. I had paid little attention to the units and was impressed.

Was thinking about a 503 fireplace insert for my living room, but after learning more about them I might go with the 983 due to the larger fire box as a wood burner.

One thing that I ask Dean about was his employee's, they have NO turn over!!! Think about that during this day and time. Most of his employee's are Amish, and several are from the same family with 2-3 generations working there.

Also they don't have or need a shop foreman, most employee's are trained in all operations. Dean said, all he has to do is keep them supplied with materials and they just attack it and go, then he fills in where ever he is needed.

I like my Alaska Stoker just fine, but the wife like's the idea of a stove not needing electricity, so I will definitly have a Hitzer in my future, if nothing more than a backup.

BK

P.S. If you go to visit,stop at the "West side Restaurant" just North of Berne, in Decatur, IN. and try the Cod Fish Dinner. Outstanding! But would be better with Beer! :occasion5:
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

PostBy: coal berner On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:26 am

Hey BK Just a reminder That Alaska makes the kodiak Hopper hand Fed stove that holds 120lbs of coal and should be a few hundred less but if you won't to burn wood/coal The Hitzer would be the one to get
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:07 am

Good plug for your local guy's. I am sure I would be happy with either brand, they are both excellent products.

J.C. How much is the Alaska Kodiac?

BK
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

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PostBy: coal berner On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:54 pm

bksaun wrote:Good plug for your local guy's. I am sure I would be happy with either brand, they are both excellent products.

J.C. How much is the Alaska Kodiak?

I think around 1400 for stove and 125.00 for 125 C.F.M.
blower and 76.00 for Bi-Metal Thermostat which
They claim will Give you 80 Hr. of Burn time with a 120lb load of coal 15k

to 100k B.T.U'S I pick one up last month a used one I am Putting in new
gaskets and window I will let you know how it works in a few weeks when
this weather starts to get cold to burn 72F outside today Nutty weather :x

BK
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

PostBy: bksaun On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:40 pm

The Hitzer 50-93 was $1382.00 with the fan, so they are close to the same price.

BK
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:44 pm

Forget the new prices right now, there are several new-in-crate Hitzer stoves in our classifieds, located in New Hampshire. Very good prices too.

I like the idea of a gravity hopper, makes sense, and prolongs the burn time significantly. I was trying to figure out a gravity hopper for my big boiler before my underfeed stoker came along...

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: coal berner On: Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:56 pm

bksaun wrote:The Hitzer 50-93 was $1382.00 with the fan, so they are close to the same price.

BK
Thats a good price the dealer here wants 1575 for 30-95
without blower and he wants 1750 for 50-93 without blower and as Greg
said in the classifieds here there 1000 brand new in the crate he has 2
50-93 and one 30-95 and one model 55
coal berner
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

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