Hitzer or Alaska Stove

Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: KC2LLW On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:02 am

Hello,
I think I have narrowed down my new coal stove to a Hitzer or Alaska gravity fed stove. I was originally looking for a stoker stove but the noise issue just seem to much for the location of the stove. The stove will be located on the second floor living room which is in the north end of the house, this room is about 1000sqft there is a 5' opening to the sitting room which is about 250sqft then flowing into a kitchen dinning room area about 400sqft off of that is a hallway and three bedrooms and two baths I would estate this at another 1000sqft . I want to try to heat all of the second floor and not sure what stove I should get. The 30-95, 50-93 or Kodiak? I don't want to get a stove then find out its not enough. I would appreciate any help.
Thank you,
Steve
KC2LLW
 
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:45 am

Ya can always tone down bigger--tough to get more out of smaller if it don't have it to give--Me??? 50-93 HITZER--what's your total sq. footage?? sorry, I left my calculator someplace
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: KC2LLW On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:13 am

freetown fred wrote:Ya can always tone down bigger--tough to get more out of smaller if it don't have it to give--Me??? 50-93 HITZER--what's your total sq. footage?? sorry, I left my calculator someplace


about 2600sqft
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:25 am

The 50-93 will work. You would have to figure HOW to move the heat throughout--floor vents, ceiling/ arch fans--heat FLOWS UP--not around & about--for that you have to MOVE IT. Know this---even the blower on the 50-93 is not silent!
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: KC2LLW On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:38 am

freetown fred wrote:The 50-93 will work. You would have to figure HOW to move the heat throughout--floor vents, ceiling/ arch fans--heat FLOWS UP--not around & about--for that you have to MOVE IT. Know this---even the blower on the 50-93 is not silent!

now which one is better Hitzer or Alaska ??
KC2LLW
 
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:45 am

I've never run the Alaska, but know they are pretty equal in performance--reality is that once you've narrowed your search, which it seems you have, it's rarely about the stove, it's about the operator & no matter which you choose, there will be a learning curve & this would be the place to go through that. Just remember to pay attention to those people that actually have EXPERIENCE with the particular stove you are asking about:)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:45 am

hitzer...where else can u call the factory get good help, parts and talk directly to the boss...
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: HeatTech On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:15 am

The Alaska Kodiak with hopper is a great stove. They don't get much press like other manufacturers, too bad because they have some innovative products.
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:08 am

Well good Lord HT--share some of them--the guy is all ears & trying to make a decision ;) PS---hopper is mandatory!!!
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: JohnB On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:48 pm

freetown fred wrote: Know this---even the blower on the 50-93 is not silent!


Depends how you control it. I switched from the Dial-A-Temp control to the solid state controller recommended in another thread. This control allows you to set the minimum running speed of the blower. With it set to the minimum setting I dialed in the blower still moves a decent amount of air across the stove but you can hardly hear it running.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Hitzer 50-93

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: jjs777_fzr On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:15 pm

So you are prepared to haul coal up to the second floor ?
How will you get rid of the ash ?
If it weren't for the sliding glass door to my basement where by stove is just 25ft away - I think it would get old very fast.
Sorry this doesn't answer your question about which stove.
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:49 pm

JB, this guy is heating 2600 sq. the fan will NOT be on low--pay attention my friend :) He needs constructive suggestions--PS--I can do that low fan thing with my old beat up Dial-a-temp with real minimal noise from the fan--just sayin--
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: JohnB On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:33 pm

Sorry Fred but you CAN NOT turn the Dial-A_Temp down any where near as low as you can set the solid state control. I know as I've used both. As far as blower use goes I use mine 24/7. How often did you say you turned yours on? Turning the blower up to high isn't going to do a damn thing but cool the hot air. I run mine on low to medium depending on the outside temp. My medium setting is about equal to your low setting. He'll need some small doorway fans or through the wall fans to move the warm air from room to room. He's not going to accomplish anything positive by cranking the blower up.
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: KC2LLW On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:40 pm

jjs777_fzr wrote:So you are prepared to haul coal up to the second floor ?
How will you get rid of the ash ?
If it weren't for the sliding glass door to my basement where by stove is just 25ft away - I think it would get old very fast.
Sorry this doesn't answer your question about which stove.

Yes 20 steps up to the second floor and 28 feet to the stove area then down with the ash I would think its is easier then wood?
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Re: Hitzer or Alaska Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:43 pm

I hate to say it, but running mine on high the VERY few times I've done so, does NOT cool the air coming off the stove, it circulates it throughout the house--for this guy, I would highly recommend a ceiling fan anyway--BUT, as long as he's got the right sizing, stove wise--heat distribution is a trial & error thing depending specifically on individual house design. And YES, it will be easier then wood:)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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