Well, its been a few days of running this HItzer.
This stove really just cranks along. The EZ-Flow is a great feature. I've tried both nut and pea and seem to like the nut best, hence I just bought two tons.
The shaker handle. I'm happy to say that my dislike for the removable ash grate handle has subsided and I'm fine with it. I pop it on when I'm ready to shake and then it comes right off.
The ash pan. I read a post where someone did not like the three sided ash pan. (For those without a Hitzer the ash pans are built like a dust pan in a way, with the forward edge without a wall.) I think it works great, acts like a shovel when pushing the ash pan back in stove for those elusive rear hiding ashes that have in the past required me to manually shovel them out with a small coal shovel.
The built in thermostat control works excellent. Makes it easy to set the stove temp and keeps it that way. It is in the mid thirties tonight and here I sit in a T-shirt. The digital thermostat, to my now idle oil burner, reads 72 comfortable degrees, three rooms away. And steady mind you! Coming from the on again off again fluctuating temps of a old one pipe steam system, replete with banging pipes and hissing vents, this is really saying something for near 3000 sf home.
In reading the many great posts on this site one user, whom I do not recall by name, summed it up quite succinctly when he said; "We are all winners with coal.."
A toast to you my friend, ...winners indeed.