franco b wrote:
Either way is more work than at first glance but I do favor easier maintenance.
What is the common procedure to cut a 6" hole above the mantle?
coalnewbie wrote:Answer, spend the money get it cut professionally.
dcrane wrote:your next decision will be hopper feed or not (most the people here who have a hopper feed stove will make you believe the stove does some magical shyt that it otherwise wouldn't do if it did not have a hopper)... I say BS... more cost, more shyt to not function right, few hours extra burn time... big freeekin deal but again... im just one opinion of many here and plenty will advocate both ways.
dcrane wrote:Ha! that did not take long, as you can see our good friend Franco like the manual hopper fed's... the drawbacks are much more area's to prevent air tight stove remaining air tight over the long haul (if you don't mind risking the extra stinkin' up of the house then no matter), also good manual stoves have a removable baffle (that not only forces the hot gases out and to the sides for radiant heat but more importantly to clean your pipe or MPD its a simple lift out and stick a vacuum hose in, no messing around with disconnecting the stove, etc.), also... if you have to go over to your stove to shake it down (you do!) whats the problem taking a shovel or two of coal and adding it then, banking, adding, controlling wtf you want to do is a lot easier without having 30 lbs of coal falling into your lap as your working with the stove. bi-metal thermostats and the linkages/levers & chains and extra crap that goes along with it are all wonderful when they are new and functioning perfectly (I see them as a lot of horse *censored* that can fail and cost MO money for not enough advantage to justify)... unless of course you have a 200 lb hopper and an automatic shaker system that on a timer, etc.etc. (then I will say...ok... now were talking about some length and time advantages worth thinking about). If its automated that you want just go with a Leisure Line, plug it in and call it a day!
OK... now you have the arguments of each from 2 good sources (more will only make redundant talk), I love Franco and he knows I respect his opinion as much as anyone on this forum!
Rob R. wrote:Doug, how many stoves have you owned & run that were hopper fed?