BPatrick wrote:Gekko, we don't want you to feel uncomfortable so keep buying the modern stoves. Funny, when I go to the review sites for these newer stoves, I read about all the problems, the corners that have been cut, and the poor customer service after the sale. I wonder how many will be left after 100 years. I was a wood burner before I switched to coal. I spent money and bought supposed quality stoves. One of the best was the Lopi Liberty stove. I was amazed at the poor craftsmanship and poor quality. I had the dealer and stove rep out to the house multiple times and there was always an excuse why something didn't work or something had broke. Finally had enough, the dealer bought it back and I went with an antique coal burner. A friend said, how will you get service if somethings wrong. I said the fact that they're still around after 100+ years tells me they were well made; and any company restoring them has a million times better warranty than the modern HMO type manufacturers warranty. I told him that Lopi's customer service and warranty was a joke and how much worse can this be. Well I've burned for a year with an old Herald No. 18 and it was awesome and then bought a Crawford 40 from Stove Hospital. Had some problems with it. No problem. Emery is shipping back to his place to completely tear it down and re-do it. That's piece of mind and a warranty. Gekko, does your modern stove company stand behind their product like this...no. With all the information on here and the great experienced coal burners, I don't feel there is any issue that couldn't be figured out on this site or by Emery or Brandon from the Stove Hospital.
Man am I sorry I started this thread!
Certainly, I do not want to be associated with negativity.
I've spoken to some of the BB Guy's about an upgrade to my MKII and have come to see the light.
I'm hoping to relegate the Harmon to the basement for water pre heat duties, and put a restored Old Gray Lady on our hearth next season