No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: SpurHntr On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:33 pm

...just an update...lots of you kept me sane through the initial install issues.

It has been 2 months of continuous coal heat now, and I couldn't be happier!
Averaging about 40 lbs per day so far , keeping my finished walkout basement-family room at an even 70-71 degrees using a feed rate of 3, lowest distribution fan setting and room temp probe set at 72.
Saving $250/mos on my electric bill and a yet to be determined, but seemingly significant, amount on my LP bill (main heat source is forced hot air heat pump/LP when temp under 35)...and it's just getting cold out!
Not to mention, one very happy wife.

Been lurkin, just wanted to say yo...

Got a pellet stove in my 1600 sq ft garage/man cave I'm thinkin of converting now... :D
SpurHntr
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:47 pm

SpurHntr wrote:Got a pellet stove in my 1600 sq ft garage/man cave I'm thinkin of converting now...


hmmmm...ok, not to let out all my secrets but a couple well timed comments while the spousal unit is in earshot such as....man it sure would be nice to have all the same type / size fuel to burn in these stoves...... tends to grease the skids related to bringing up the idea of another coal stoker purchase!! 8-)
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: captcaper On: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:58 am

I'm curious on how your feed rate set at 3 holds up. Mine will start throwing hot coals over the edge at that setting. I have mine set at 2 1/4 and it keeps us toasty. My combustion motor flap is about 1/2 open. I've been pm'ing back and forth with other SMag owners and they have theirs set at 2 or 2 1/4 as well. Don't forget to oil the oil caps once a season on the shafts in the rear. 3 of them total. The manual doesn't show this.
Also on a side note I went to Harman's parent company and read their Annual Stock holders report. The PDF file can be found on the right side of the page at the link site. But I copied this from it..
Link is here. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zht ... rol-irhome .
Quote "The Corporation manufactures office furniture in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina,
Texas, China and India.
The Corporation manufactures hearth products in Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and
Pennsylvania.

Also this
"In both the office furniture and hearth products industries, we also face significant price competition from our competitors and
from new market entrants who primarily manufacture and source products from lower cost countries. Such price competition
impacts our ability to implement price increases or, in some cases, even maintain prices, which could lower our profit margins. In
addition, we may not be able to maintain or raise the prices of our products in response to rising raw material prices and other
inflationary pressures.
The concentration of our customer base, changes in demand" End Quote

I guess some of the office furniture is made in India and China but no where in the report does it mention China for Hearth products."
captcaper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

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Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:17 am

SpurHntr,you don't know how glad I am that you've reported back your success and warm Wife ! This is Great. In the future,don't Lurk,drop in if you can. Your experiences will help others. You're now a Coal Combat Veteran. Reunions of Your Outfit are held here daily ! I am really thrilled fer 'Ya. Keep up with your maintenance and and keep that Unit Alive ! :up:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: SpurHntr On: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:35 pm

captcaper wrote:I'm curious on how your feed rate set at 3 holds up. Mine will start throwing hot coals over the edge at that setting. I have mine set at 2 1/4 and it keeps us toasty. My combustion motor flap is about 1/2 open. I've been pm'ing back and forth with other SMag owners and they have theirs set at 2 or 2 1/4 as well. Don't forget to oil the oil caps once a season on the shafts in the rear. 3 of them total. The manual doesn't show this.
Also on a side note I went to Harman's parent company and read their Annual Stock holders report. The PDF file can be found on the right side of the page at the link site. But I copied this from it..
Link is here. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zht ... rol-irhome .
Quote "The Corporation manufactures office furniture in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina,
Texas, China and India.
The Corporation manufactures hearth products in Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and
Pennsylvania.

Also this
"In both the office furniture and hearth products industries, we also face significant price competition from our competitors and
from new market entrants who primarily manufacture and source products from lower cost countries. Such price competition
impacts our ability to implement price increases or, in some cases, even maintain prices, which could lower our profit margins. In
addition, we may not be able to maintain or raise the prices of our products in response to rising raw material prices and other
inflationary pressures.
The concentration of our customer base, changes in demand" End Quote

I guess some of the office furniture is made in India and China but no where in the report does it mention China for Hearth products."


Seems that 3 rate is right. For me.
I suspect that is because I use the room temp never set above 72, so even with that sub zero run my stove never really screams
SpurHntr
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:27 pm

Spur,How'd Your 2013 Heating Season finish out for You? Have you done a low fire for some of the cooler nights we've already experienced this Year? We've got another Poster asking for feedback on your unit,fill him in if you could. I also recommended CaptCaper to him. Hope All Is Well! :up:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: No longer Disgusted Harman Super Mag guy

PostBy: SpurHntr On: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:36 pm

Hambden Bob wrote:Spur,How'd Your 2013 Heating Season finish out for You? Have you done a low fire for some of the cooler nights we've already experienced this Year? We've got another Poster asking for feedback on your unit,fill him in if you could. I also recommended CaptCaper to him. Hope All Is Well! :up:


Honest, my house has never been warmer than it was in 2013!
I should of kept better records but regret to inform I tried coal from 3 different suppliers thru the season that I don't have an exact count but know I burned right around 4 ton on the season, and we all know it was a cold one!
LP use was literally nonexistent!
No, haven't fired up the beast yet, still have my light bulb burning in the firebox to keep her dry which SEEMS to have worked well.
Feels like summer around here last few days!
Thanks for the warm welcome back!
Will look into that other Poster you mention.
Todd
SpurHntr
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

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