Well, I was a little hesitant about whether or not the little Econo 1 from Leisure Line would carry this house when it got cold. This morning it's 23 outside with 76 in the living room, 72 upstairs in the bedroom, and 68 in the kitchen which is the farthest room from the stove. The stove is at about 50% with stove temp at 425 measured by a magnetic thermometer on the stove skin directly above the top door. The stove pipe is about 175 right at the entrance to the thimble. My doubts have vanished.
I got this stove for $50 two years ago. The guy I got it from said he didn't want it and was going to sell it for scrap because the blower motor didn't work, the wiring was bad, the glass was cracked and it would cost more than it was worth to fix it up. I paid him the 50 which was what he expected to get as clean steel scrap. He even delivered it to my house!!
I pulled the motors and fans off, cleaned them and oiled them and they worked just fine. I replaced the wiring to the motors. I Re-gasketed the top door and the ash door and got the locking door handles working simply by moving them back and forth to break the rust out. I burned it for a year before replacing the cracked glass. It was nice but way too small for our other house which pushed 3k sq ft. I resisted the urge to sell it and get a bigger stove for no other reason than I just liked this stove.
Then we moved to a 1100 sq ft with a dedicated chimney right in the dining room. The house was built in 1895 and appears to have been built to be heated with a coal stove. Perfect air circulation up the stairs. Hot air is rising at the staircase ceiling and cool air is flowing down the steps. I verified it with incense sticks. Want to heat a bedroom? Open a window in that room a crack to increase the cold air drop and wallaha!! Warm air flows right in at the ceiling level to replace the cold air that is flowing out the door at floor level. Result? Heated bedroom. Once the air flow is established I can close the window and it percolates right along.
Best part of all is I only burn about a 5 gallon bucket a day of rice coal. I am getting my coal from Keystone Anthracite by the bucket and spending less than $30 a week to heat my home.
My name is Larry.
I am pastor of a church,
and I am addicted to burning black rocks.