Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:37 pm

I have been trying to sell my Leisure Line Lil' Heater for a few weeks now and I am somewhat disappointed in the lack of interest. Not only do I have the stove listed here, but Craigslist as well, and tonight I will list it on eBay.

If I were selling a boiler, regardless of brand, it would sell fairly quickly, and the resale value would be very good. I'm not looking to get into a discussion about the price of my stove driving the demand. Price is not really the issue here.

As much as I like stoker stoves, the resale market is poor with low demand. This is another reason why boilers are a much better value in the long term.

Do most of you agree that boilers are the better buy, even if that means installing a water-to-air heat exchanger for those of us with forced hot-air systems?

Edit: Would another brand of stoker stove have a higher level of demand for it? For example, the Hitzer 608 or Keysoker 90?
Last edited by EarthWindandFire on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:49 pm

Mark -

I think the market for stoves varies by season more than does the market for boilers. When it starts to get cold around early November, a lot of people get serious about trying to do something about their heating situation, and getting a stove is comparatively easy. Boilers aren't quite such a quick fix, so the demand tends to be steadier over the course of a year. I think you're most likely to get a fair price for a stove in the fall, and you may need to discount it if you want to move it now; boilers aren't as seasonal.

Mike
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Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/anthracite

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:52 pm

Mike,

That's a good point!

Boilers are something I see discussed on this board all year long, even during the hot summer months.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

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Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:53 pm

Outdoor temp, price of oil, what season...
All factor into how quick it will sell...
A boiler will allways be a boiler... ;)
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: Dennis On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:00 pm

most stoker boilers are run 24/7/365 making them more valuable and in need more than stoves. Come fall your stove will move quickly. Most people in need of a stove most likly need their money to get thru summer time as money is tight now a days and looking for great bargins. Good luck selling,if you don't need the money real bad try to hold on till fall, unless you get the price you need.
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:07 pm

Mark, I think you are experiencing the "seasonal" aspect of selling heating equipment. Snowblowers and snowmobiles aren't selling very well right now either.

It only takes one person to think ahead and buy your stove. Keep it advertised, and make sure you explain the benefits of anthracite and this particular stove to potential buyers.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

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PostBy: tsb On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:37 pm

Location,location,location.
Here in Pa it would sell in a heartbeat. Just not
willing to drive to CT.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: ncountry On: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:21 pm

I wish somebody would buy it. LOL .I need one of those stoves but this time of the year I am fighting my needs vs wants. I want a new tire , tune-up,and a few accessories for my motorcycle.Come fall I may have wished I bought a stove .Oh well.
ncountry
 
Stove/Furnace Model: hyfire ll

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PostBy: stovepipemike On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:42 am

I have been watching the coal/wood stoves on ebay and cannot figure why there has been such a flood of good stoves listed lately.The economy just is not that good whereby the average guy/gal would want to give up such thrifty alternatives to the oil man.I am baffled by it. Try listing yours on a 3x5 index card at the local food store bulletin board etc,. Good Luck . Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Stoker Stove Supply and Demand.

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:35 am

Warm winter...
Cheap NG...
Never will need it again...
Short term thinking...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

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PostBy: Bratkinson On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Next fall, when heating oil is over $5.00 per gallon, and coal is $300/ton, even here in MA, there will be a line looking to buy coal stoves.

As mentioned above, springtime, even an early spring, is not the time to be selling winter equipment.
Bratkinson
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

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PostBy: steamup On: Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:21 pm

I pretty much agree with what has been said...

Selling a stove right now is like selling a good set of snow tires. Nobody is in the mindset to buy that far ahead. Wait until mid to late summer and people will be looking harder.

Boilers are a major install. Alot more planning and financing must be considered for them. Plus they seem to have become harder find in the last year or so. I believe demand for them is up plus the price for scrap steel is up, driving the prices up.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130, Keystoker K-6
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: HS Tarm 502 Wood/Coal/Oil
Coal Size/Type: pea, buck, rice

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