Well.................Ben is alive and well at AHS! I know they are very busy, and it is good to hear from them. Ben also knows that I have two of the earliest S130's ever made......and an older 260 (one actually was configured with the gearbox and auger just like an AA) EACH is running just fine today, and providing all the hot water for each household they now reside in. They are burning BUCK, so for all you waffle-heads: it works just fine....no puff backs, no clinkers, no issues. I also burn it in AHS and AA 260's, along with EFM's, Van Wert, Yellow-flames and a GJ too! CoalJacks, LL's, Keystokers....(all Keystoker boilers and radiant units, too). It is a PITA to stock rice, buck, pea, nut and stove coal, so how about converting folks to a single fuel (except nut). Works great for me. Less Bullship, less aggravation, cost effective, too. Try it, you might like it. If you live close to NEPA, then you are lucky, if not, we burn what we get...it's 500 miles to the source, so we know how to say "Please, and Thank You" and feel lucky to be a part of the Coal Society, so remember your manners when dealing with our fine friends in PA. Tip the truck drivers, flowers for their wives, local things from your area( Pure Maple Syrup from my area.....yes we have seafood also...short coast, but access to a BIG ocean).
I never mention Harmon products, because the company support is off in the Toolie-weeds, looking for a reason to survive. HOWEVER, I do know of a dealer in southern, NH named Romeo Croteau, and most folks near the mass border know him and his wife very well. They are the consummate professions who started with Dean, and are the guys I absolutely trust and respect in my area with Harmon Products. Pelham, NH is their location.....call them if you need anything.
Oh, here is another news flash for you, Keystoker currently sells more new boilers that anyone else. You mentioned the K-6...ask Rob about a few folks in his area that went that route AND are VERY happy with their choice. Personally, I'd be looking for a K8 to be safe. If you are some sort of bean-counter guy, for once in your life, don't go cheap on the sizing. If you have not looked at the new LL 220K boiler, I think you might check that out. I assume you have looked at the EFM line of excellent equipment, and while you are looking at underfed units, certainly do not overlook Van Wert, Gentleman Janitor or YellowFlame inclined stokers. Yah, they may not be as 'tunable' as the new products, but I can assure you that you will not come up short on btu's. Some of us LOVE the KISS principal..... 'keep it simple stupid!'
There is/are used and rebuilt equipment available on the forum right now, so pick you favorite, AND get to know the guys and gals behind the scenes before you get suckered by some slick dude in a polo shirt who probably burns oil or propane at his own place. Look at the hands of a true coal person...they are not afraid to step forward and be a friend, however they won't push you into something you may regret. Try to ask the right questions, and do yourself a favor.....do a heat loss, know about your chimney or venting system, and don't believe everything you read or see on TV,
I've had Axeman Products since 1977, AND still have the same ones, so I can recommend them without any hesitation. Here is another news flash for you, AA prices are the same or less than AHS for a comparably equipped boiler with an auger system. Talking Apples and Giraffes won't impress anyone. AHS feeds through a gravity hopper and no auger. It is high to dump 5 gallon buckets into and I'm 6'2". An auger for the AHS isn't a low budget thing. No mention of price, but lets just say, Pete Axeman and the team DID NOT JUST FALL OFF THE TURNIP TRUCK! Ask around, call Ben, Steve, Arnie, Tom at Keystoker, Jay.....Then Matt or Dave at LL......( call LL and Matt or Dave will answer.....call AA and some days Pete will answer............try that elsewhere...good luck! Heck you can even call Harmon, unfortunately, Dean won't be there to help you. Good luck, and good huntin'! If you think you have it all figured out already, then this is my last post to you and others...we all learn more every day.....keep both eyes open, and LISTEN before you sound off.
Once again.....it is helpful to give some general area where you reside...hint, hint, hint!!!!!!!!