murphyslaw wrote: Funny you should say you wont say where you bought it from. The reason I asked was not cause I wanted to be little them. But I know of no Harmon dealers in Alaska..... Unless it was a by order sorta thing, my best bet would have been "Alaska fireplace". And again, 97% of stove dealers only know nat. gas stoves. and wood is not well understood, and coal is a mystery of the 50's
Yes, fuel oil is very pricey. We're above $4/gallon for sure right now.
I didn't mean to infer that you wanted to rip on the dealer. It's just that posting this stuff, I didn't want them to get a lot of bad blowback, when I knew from life experience that I probably should have done more research on my own. Of the 3 dealers listed on the Harman website, our dealer is one of them.
Nice folks, but I called with some technical questions after we bought it and were burning, the rep said, 'that's a good question, I don't know the answer, and I'd love to hear what your trial and error results are when you figure it out'. I just assumed they'd be all over the coal thing when we bought - and didn't find out I'd be figuring things out on my own after I bought. That being said, prior to my purchase, I had spoken with all of the listed dealers and a number of others, and my memory tells me they were all a little out of their comfort zone when discussing coal. I'm glad forums like this are here, this has been great.
Our thermometer went to the high 20s last night. The stove was chugging quietly in the basement with a 3/4 load and 80% dampered, and we did just fine. It's just my wife and I and the pets. We're comfortable with it around 62 degrees, and throw a sweatshirt on if needed - so we're not too ambitious with the heat. I'm cautiously hopeful that we'll do okay until we're ready for another unit - one better suited as our core unit, and move the Harman to the 1st floor living room for supplementary heat only.
Any recommendations for a core unit that will live in the basement, is built to burn, has a rock solid ash pan setup that doesn't spill to the side when rocked, and has a nice burn time on our coal?