Hi all, just registered. I'm planning to install a small coal stove and a class A chimney in my ~700 sq. ft. home. Due to small volume space and tight clearances to furniture, it's been a fruitless search so far as concerns identifying a stove that will fit here. I've noticed that the Jotul 507 meets my requirements better than any other stove so far identified. The small footprint, reasonable clearances (30"), and solid reputation have raised my interest.
Can anyone give me a little background on the 507? When were they produced, when why discontinued, how many were sold, etc. They seem to be fairly rare in terms of units selling on ebay or craigslist, so I fear it might take forever to find a serviceable unit. Do these things still come on the market? How long does such a stove last, and if I find one with some issues, what are the issues that should scare me away? What likely issues can be corrected without a resident welder?
Lastly, are there any quality coal stoves currently produced that have a similar footprint to the 507? The only stove small enough that I've seen is the Morso 1410/1440, and the design is not rugged enough for the long haul.
Thanks in advance for any useful info on the 507, and I plan to spend a lot of time here until this project materializes.