That would take one (some) dedicated, committed, .. and HONEST individual(s) - all a rarity these days.
But if anyone can pull it off it would be the guys at Leisure Line. Ya ready Dave & Matt?
I agree... Dave and Matt would be good candidates to produce a quality hand fired coal stove, the problem is they really need to build one that meets the needs of todays houses and todays society (just because a few of us might want a big beast baseburner in our living room does not mean the "majority" would. baseburners were not made for "todays" fireplaces, they were not made to match "todays" décor, they certainly were not made for "todays" wallet. To meet the needs of the "majority" (something that MUST BE DONE to be in business) a hand fired coal stove needs to fit into todays living room, todays fireplace openings & hearth, it needs to have decorator options to match todays décor, it needs to be cost effective and retail for under $3,000 fully loaded, it needs to meet UL approvals, and last but not least... it needs to be ALLLLLLL of these things while at the same time being as good a coal burner as possible given ALLLLLLL those requirements and constraints!
I personally don't know of any hand fired coal stoves that fit onto "todays" hearths & fireplace openings except for what they call inserts (the coal stove inserts that are available are deficient because #1 they are costly #2 they are always square boxes (if big square boxes were best for coal they would have been so in 1900!
), #3 they don't radiate heat in living area anywhere near what a free standing hand fired coal stove can.
décor... I know a few good handfireds that have décor to match colonial times, I know a few good handfireds that match Victorian times, I know of a few crappie handfireds that match "todays" décor (I wont elaborate on manufacturer names but most my good friends here will know). I don't know any stoves that can instantly change décor to match anything (you buy your stove and that's IT! if you buy a green enameled VC your not going to be able to get a decorator kit to change it to a brown enameled VC without rebuilding the stove (something the "majority" cant and wont do)... they can however turn a screw driver for a couple of screws.
Todays people want airtight... for a good modern coal stove it has to be airtight and remain airtight at year 1 and year 31 without "todays" consumer needing to rebuild it, recement it, rescrew and glue it. (todays people are not the self sufficient farmers of yesteryear... they are computer geeks, etc.)
todays "majority" are NOT people who wish to have their whole house heating system replaced with a coal boiler/furnace!!! they are school teachers, they are dads who go to the office, they are familys who simply want to "reduce" oil bills and see a beautiful fire and heat while enjoying opening xmass presents and relaxing next to the xmass tree! WE ARE NOT THE MAJORITY HERE!
however much we may not wish to admit all these things.... Matt and Dave know it to be true....
(one only need to look at the Pioneer to know this!)
someone better be paying some Gosh damb marketing incentives for all this! or im going to start working for a stove company pretty soon