Hitzer 503 Installation advice

Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: ColdHouse On: Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:34 pm

Hello,
I am seriously considering purchasing a used Hitzer 503 insert. At this point I am asking for advice on the best way to remove, load, unload, and get the stove onto the hearth. I have a Chevy halfton pickup. I have a standard 2 wheel dolly. Per specifications the stove weighs 600#. I have several several stairs. If anyone has moved one of these stoves or even witnessed an installation I would appreciate some step by step advice. I would be willing to rent a vehicle with a ramp if that were necessary. Thank you!
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:46 pm

If you have a deck that you could back up to it would be ideal--put a 2x6 or 8 on the lip of the dolly to catch legs or whatever you got there, strap the piss out of her & PULL--if no deck just use 2x6's or 2x8's whatever you're more comfortable with--or rent the truck/ramp & eliminate the steps--make sure you have a couple helpers--ruggged, youthful types--One thing--if that stove breaks lose--get the hell out of the way & start over from where ever she lands--should not happen if you take it slow & easy--get her where she needs to be & we'll move along to that process--remember--SAFETY is PARAMOUNT--not really sure what that word means, but it looks KOOL :)
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:54 pm

Strip Her...
Doors, Grates, Grate Holder and The Bricks...
Easy to move...
Been there done that...
Build a plywood platform big enough to hold her for servicing...
Makes it easier to install...
Cardboard and a pry bar makes her slide...
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dondono63 On: Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:34 pm

Last summer myself and 2 other guys offloaded a Hitzer 983 from a Ford F350 pickup. We backed the pickup up to my front door. I had a couple of 2"x10"x8 footers and we slid the stove into my house. The most important thing was to have 3 guys at least to help out. Once in the house we put it on a dolly. It's a beast of a stove even stripped so so be careful.

Don
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:33 am

Nice install Don. Looks real good :)
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:36 am

dondono63 wrote:Last summer myself and 2 other guys offloaded a Hitzer 983 from a Ford F350 pickup. We backed the pickup up to my front door. I had a couple of 2"x10"x8 footers and we slid the stove into my house. The most important thing was to have 3 guys at least to help out. Once in the house we put it on a dolly. It's a beast of a stove even stripped so so be careful.

Don


wow that's beautiful Don! but that thing must eat up coal like a French whore eats ....
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:41 am

Hitzer lists it at 80K BTU and it has heat distribution fans so you can get some circulation going out of the box, of course you don't have to run it that hard. ;) Ideally if you had ducted heating heating in your house or set some up with a supply in the same room as the stove and return farther away you could utilize it well. I would think that it would cook you out of regular sized room running it full blast otherwise.
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dondono63 On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:58 pm

Hi guys,

I'm extremely happy with the fire breathing Hitzer 983. I think its rated up to 100K btus and the 503 model is 80k Btus. It uses about 1 40lb bag a day most of the time running on idle. If I remember correctly 3-4 bags to fill up the stove in the beginning. I can easily get a 36 hour burn but I mostly tend it twice a day.

I have a Cape style house with a center fireplace and it takes care of the whole house. (I'll keep an eye on my basement temps if it really gets cold outside.)

The Hitzer really proved its worth when we lost power for 4 days last winter and the outside temps dipped into the single digits. To run the fans occasionally i used an inverter hooked up to my car battery. If you don't want to end up a popsicle, burn USA coal! :)

Don
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dondono63 On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:09 pm

Doug, this was my original plan prior to buying the Hitzer. It's a beauty too! I'll find a good use for it.
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:58 am

dondono63 wrote:Doug, this was my original plan prior to buying the Hitzer. It's a beauty too! I'll find a good use for it.


Ill take that lil' 40k BTU coal cooker off your hands anytime Don (Its got the 1/4 hinge pins so I know its a unit that I personally built with my bare hands!)

Tell me honestly... how did the Coal Cooker burn for you, how long did you use it for, did you ever have to replace or repair anything? (It does not look like you overfired it in that picture but because you essentially went from the smallest hand fired possible to the largest hand fired possible, I would think you would have had to crank up that 44 like a blast furnace?)
It would be hard to even imagine that model 44 work horse could even come close to heating the same area as the "Beast" does??? :eek2:

Id love to hear about how the Coal Cooker burned coal for you (I could spit those stoves out blindfolded at such a fast rate and inexpensive cost and for its simple design and low cost I always thought it to be a lil' tank of a stove that just cant be killed (I could throw that thing into the ocean for years or toss it off the empire state building and it would still function and burn coal well toothy )

On another note Don... Because your fireplace has a built in Heatalator you do not see the same deficiency most would see with a fireplace insert stove like you have currently, center chimney cape is another HUGE advantage for you (notice they don't build them anymore unless its a special order from a millionaire toothy). So your very lucky indeed (Its just important to understand you have a couple HUGE advantages with your particular stove that others will not see with the same unit).
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Re: Hitzer 503 Installation advice

PostBy: dondono63 On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:26 pm

Doug,

That's very cool you assembled my Crane 44. I need to get you to sign it and give me a cert. of authenticity! I bought it off Craigslist from a guy in Wilmington in the spring of 2012. I'll let you know if I ever decide to part with it.

I never actually installed and used the Crane so I can't give you a report. I ended up buying the Hitzer from a Hitzer dealer in PA and bringing it to MA. The 983 installer lined my chimney with 8" stainless and put a cap on my chimney. It draws great.

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