example of 19" existing fireplace hearth, stove fits inside the fireplace opening slightly (I could have eased it in more if I wanted but for purposes of heating I did not want it fully inside the fireplace), load and shake twice per day (same as any other manual feed stove hopper or not) if im around during the day sometimes I'll tend it just because I cant resist
All the benefits of a free standing, solid welded, manual coal stove with a lot of the advantages of a fireplace insert and pretty décor of a cast iron stove.
total cost = $300.00 after new gaskets, glass and paint (the other $300 went into the fireplace tile and new steel lintel). I bet a Company could sell them like hotcakes for just this application
Notice the built in heat plate and fully adjustable feet to sit perfectly on any irregular brick or stone work