There ya go, 'Prematurely Submitting' again..
So for a person with a small home,, but wants a long burn,, you can buy a Harman Mk I or MkII and feed it every 12 hours.. OR you can buy
a Hopper fed stove, Alaska, Hitzer, DM. and have 24 hour burn..
IF the hopper burns does burn low,, it's an easy operation to open the top lid, add coal, if you want, give it 30 minutes to warm up, or just go ahead and shake it down, top off the hopper and you are done.. The hopper can be completely used, it's just better if it is partly full when shaking.. if not, add some coal.. simple.
Same in an antique stove with a magazine.. It's FAR from a minor convenience.. just read the posts from the people who have a Hopper fed stove,,
ask any one of them if they'd go back to a shovel-it-in stove again and I'll bet 99% say hell no !!
If a person has a very orderly life and doesn't care if a fire goes out, and the electric or oil heat comes on,, then they may not care,, but 99% of the people on the forum would prefer to never get heat from 'conventional' sources..They want to burn coal..and only coal all winter.
Each and every stove has it's foibles. issues and traits.. NONE are perfect. A perfect stove for on person will not satisfy the next guy.. just
the nature of stoves and people..