bucksnort wrote:Well things seem to be going much better. After the clean out and using the recommended settings, I've been able to sustain a nice fire for 12 hours, and could probably go longer. My basement is starting to feel saturated with heat and it's getting my upstairs close to 70. Oliver, to your point about running my furnace to move the heat, I actually had to disconnect my oil furnace to be able to tie my stove into my current chimney, because I know you're not supposed to have two furnaces into one chimney, and I wouldn't have had room for both anyway because of the layout of my basement. So I'm relying solely on the hitzer to heat the home. I'm hoping that it can do it when the nights get colder... After reading a lot of the posts on here I wish I would have went with the 50-93, but when I was looking to buy a stove, the hitzer dealer I was working with talked me into the 30-95, evening knowing that it was going in my basement. He told me it would be better to run the smaller stove hard than to run the big one too low. I'm starting to wonder if that's true, maybe I should have checked here first!
Heating the place from the basement is going to be tough with the 30-95. Notice I have both; the 30-95, and the 50-93. I heated my place with no problem with the 50-93 in basement. I have the 30-95 in the shop. It does a great job in the shop (same floor level) but, I can tell it will NOT heat my house from the basement. The 30-95 is a little firecracker of a stove. And will throw lots of heat if needed. The air comes up through that single grate, and is consentrated in that one spot, and no where else. As the coal burns, the only place for ashes to fall through the grate is in that one spot. The rest of the firebox is angled. The coal will burn because the air is heading in that direction in order to exit the smoke pipe. Problem is; the ashes have no place to go. They just set there and build. If run at lower settings, in theory, this gives unburnt coal a chance to make it's way towards the single grate, where ashes can drop through. The 50-93 has two grates, as well as straight vertical sidewals in the firebox. Coal can burn, and ashes can fall. The 50-93 is a whole different animal. The 30-95 is capable throwing lots of heat. The 50-93 is capable of hitting you with a wall of heat, and make a person feel short of breath. Without the help of your furnace, the 30-95 is going to struggle to heat your house from the basement. One thing you won't have is long burn times. Not heating from the basement anyways. How about moving that 30-95 up stairs. It would be plenty of stove then. I think it would also fit the cape cod style house nicely. That's what I would consider. Problems over. Oliverbucksnort wrote:Came home after 12 hours to a nice fire still burning, about 450 degrees with the blower running on low and still had a little coal to spare in the hopper. However, the stove still doesn't seem to be gaining any headway heating the house, I actually lost a few degrees while at work. As I mentioned earlier, I'm now afraid the stove just isn't big enough to do the job. I hope I'm wrong but I think the hitzer dealer may have led me in the wrong direction. I sure would hate to have to hook that oil furnace back up!
I've been taking everyone's advice and am trying to keep the box as free of ash as possible. I've just adjusted the dial up 1 notch to 9 to try and get some more heat out of it. I have the bottom ash tray vents at about 1/4 moon. We'll see if this helps with giving some more heat. Thanks again everyone for all the helpful advice!
WOW! Talk about creative....I like that! Hood catches heat. Big door for filling hopper. Still able to get to other two lower doors. How does it work out? A fan drawing from the other end? Anything else you can add??? NICE JOB!SteveZee wrote:Agree with the last two posts that if you are going to keep the 30, you need to move it up to the main floor. Personally, I would go back to that dealer and remind him of your conversation. See if he'll take a trade in? After all, you wanted the 50 when you first approached.
You could also try something like this hood to direct more of the heat upstairs.
Bucksnort, where are you located? Maybe I can help you sell that 30-95. Put your location in the profile to the right of this page. Then we all can help you sell it. You shouldn't have any problems selling the 30-95. I'll bet the place you bought it from would know of a buyer. Maybe they would take it in on trade. I'd ask. I'm sure you would like to get most of your money back out of the 30-95. We all know how that goes. You would have to give us an idea of how much you would let it go for. Before doing that, I'd check with the dealer first.bucksnort wrote:anyone interested in buying a 30-95 thats one week old? i am just going to get the 50.