Sorry for a zombie post, but as the topic is the same...
We have a 1998 14x76 trailer I replaced the doors and windows and have been doing other work on the house.
Eventually, we'd like to add a back partition for another ~500sq feet.
Right now we have the typical trailer oil fired hot air furnace sort of in the middle of the bathroom.
When it gets replaced I don't want it there anyway.
Considering anthracite coal stoker hot air as we both grew up with coal.
Not looking to have the furnace "in the trailer".
More thinking of essentially building a shed on one side or the back and running ductwork for the hot air.
This is still idea stage. Concrete floor, insulated walls and fireboard, chimney, powervent if needed, but I have room for chimney height.
Big enough to also hold like a pallet of coal and the related equipment.
I don't see a huge coal chute, most likely bags.
Already have generators/batteries/inverters for backup.
Thought about hot water, but I don't want to have to keep a fire year round.
We have great south facing exposure and have decent heat gain even on very cold days.
Once I replace my roof and add some skylights, I want to add some solar.
Looking for something with a big hopper and pretty much hassle free.
I realize I have to fill the hopper, empty the ashes and do periodic seasonal maintenance.
But I have read a lot of posts here about constantly fiddling with the stove, looking for obscure temp limiting switches, etc..
We work a lot and I don't want to be a slave to a stove.
So I'm looking for pretty much a 'complete' solution, good factory support if needed, relative ease of use.
I won't ask for a 'best' stove.
But are there particular brands to avoid?
I also welcome any other particular experiences or suggestions to consider.