JohnB wrote:No actual experience with the Harmon stoves but I do have 2 friends with older ones (Mk1 & 3) who like them. I did visit 3 Harmon dealers this summer while looking at coal stoves. 2 of the dealers told me that Harman had cheapened the MK series over the last couple years to keep costs down. They had seen a lot more warranty issues & they definitely could no longer recommend burning wood in them during the warmer months which is something both of my friends do with their older stoves. The 3rd dealer had dropped Harmon by the time I got there & was now only selling the Hitzer coal stoves.
philthy wrote:Between a Hitzer 82-fa and a Harmon SF-2500 which would you guys recommend? Both are in good shape and both are priced the same. Only wanna burn coal...
rustyrelics wrote:Harmans generally have a lifetime limited warranty on firebox
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I can tell you, the Harman Mark series are built like a tank, using 1/4" thick steel. That's right, a big square tank. They actually are very well built stoves. Lots of people swear by them. My uncle heats his house with a Mark-III, and loves it. He has had to replace a broken grate, as well as the shaker handle. Now lets take a look at the HITZER 50-93. Also a very well built stove. It too is built using heavy steal. Not quite as heavy as the Mark-III, but still heavy. One thing I can say; The Hitzer 50-93 is WAY ahead of the Mark-III when it comes to engineering. And because of the engineering, I heated double the space of my uncle, using the same amount of coal. His stack temps run 100+ degrees higher than my stack temps. His Mark-III throws a lot of heat. My 50-93 felt like it throws half as much again, if not more heat. We live about 1000 feet apart. I studied, and compared the two stoves for quite some time. EDIT: I measured the steel thickness of the top of my 30-95 tonight. I was expecting a little less than 1/4". But, my Brown & Sharp dial calipers read .250". Who can tell us the thickness of the top steel on a Harman "Mark" series? OliverJohnB wrote:I'm aware that the older Harmon MK series have a very good reputation for quality. As far as the current versions all I know is what the two active Harmon dealers told me. Since they had nothing else to offer me I doubt it was bs but you never now.
$1850 for a MK 1 is definitely pricey for what it is. I paid $1920 for my new 50-93 with blower a few months ago.
I'm not familiar with the SF-250, or the Hitzer 82. Can't comment. I know what they are, just no personal experience with either one.snuffy wrote:I have a Harman Mark III (retired it) and now use the SF 250. The SF 250 heats 3600SF over two floors (basement with two NW facing garage doors and main living area) the furthest bedroom maintains at 72* even during zero temps and the living room maintains at 74* and using about 50lbs a day at zero. The Mark III had a hard time keeping up those temps. This is my 3rd year with the SF 250 - my 2 cents!