hand fired stoves

hand fired stoves

PostBy: hamiltow On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:18 pm

Hi,

I am in the process of determining what stove to get. Does anyone have any feedback as to what they would recommend. I am wondering about the pros/cons of say the harmon mark III, Mark II and the gravity fed kodiac by alaska. I want to make the right choice,.

Anyone?

Thanks,

Bill.
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Stove/Furnace Make: TBD
Stove/Furnace Model: TBD

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:25 pm

hamiltow wrote:Hi,

I am in the process of determining what stove to get. Does anyone have any feedback as to what they would recommend. I am wondering about the pros/cons of say the harmon mark III, Mark II and the gravity fed kodiac by alaska. I want to make the right choice,.

Anyone?

Thanks,

Bill.


Not being familiar with Alaska stoves, I would recomend a Harman. I own the TLC-2000 & it heats my 2400SF home very nicely. Harman builds solid, easily controled stoves that are suited for many different sized homes.
Check them out:

http://www.harmanstoves.com/
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:52 pm

hamiltow wrote:I am in the process of determining what stove to get. Does anyone have any feedback as to what they would recommend.


I would recommend a good used one for a newbie. You will get a feel for burning coal, and then you can make an informed decision without a big investment up front.

After a season with a stove you may want to go with a stoker boiler........ Then again, you may be using a $400 used stove 20 years from now.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

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Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: hamiltow On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:03 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, there are not many used stoves in my area (NE VT).

Everything is WOOD.

I know I want coal, but the hopper fire threat of stokers concerns me.

I am thinking hand fired. The Harmon Mark II, and III interest me.

Winters are pretty wild here.

Thanks,

Bill./
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Stove/Furnace Make: TBD
Stove/Furnace Model: TBD

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: sandman On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:24 pm

hamiltow wrote:Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, there are not many used stoves in my area (NE VT).

Everything is WOOD.

I know I want coal, but the hopper fire threat of stokers concerns me.

I am thinking hand fired. The Harmon Mark II, and III interest me.

Winters are pretty wild here.

Thanks,

Bill./


i have a mark III and love it!

heres a used mark II in laconia


http://nh.craigslist.org/for/540164632.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
sandman
 
Stove/Furnace Make: harman
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000, mark III sf150&250

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: bono1979 On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:47 pm

I have the alaska kodiak . besides the fact about the ashes it heats my house very well , a 1400 sqft house with no insulation , the stove is in the basment, it keeps the basement 85 first floor 77 and second floor 71 , this is my first year with a coal stove and so far so good . thanks to everyone on the forum . the stove can last 18 hours on cold days .
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Stove/Furnace Make: alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: kodiak

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:08 pm

I'm very satisfied with my Harman and recommend them without reservations.
I also think you should look for a used stove to try out first. Then again, if you spend the $$$ for a new one then your committed to burning coal and we have another convert!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: daveuz On: Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:32 am

Bill, there are a few Hitzers for sale in the Buffalo and Rochester NY craigslist. I have read that they are excellent stoves.
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Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: hamiltow On: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:00 am

Sandman,

Thanks for the craigslist link. I'm trying to contact the guy.

Thanks to all who replied. This is a great active and helpful forum.

I'll let you know when and if I am up and running.

Bill.
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Stove/Furnace Make: TBD
Stove/Furnace Model: TBD

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: Thechap On: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:38 am

I just started burning coal last November. I have a Harman Mark III and the wife just loves it. I thought it would burn wood at first but was wrong. The wood just burns too hot. Coal on the other hand is the way to go. The oil heat hasn't kicked on since the stove was fired up. In December we lost power for three days and the stove did great. Even works to cook on. I would highly recommend the Mark III. Oh , by the way, I never have to fix the fire. My wife is a coal Guru!!!!!

Bryan
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Other Heating: Outdoor wood boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark III

Re: hand fired stoves

PostBy: sandman On: Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:53 pm

Thechap wrote:I just started burning coal last November. I have a Harman Mark III and the wife just loves it. I thought it would burn wood at first but was wrong. The wood just burns too hot. Coal on the other hand is the way to go. The oil heat hasn't kicked on since the stove was fired up. In December we lost power for three days and the stove did great. Even works to cook on. I would highly recommend the Mark III. Oh , by the way, I never have to fix the fire. My wife is a coal Guru!!!!!

Bryan



i burn wood in my mark III. yes it burns hot but it puts out a ton of heat.

i'm getting 10 hr burns and no creosol build up in the chimney.

other than starting it up i run the stove at anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 a turn open
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Stove/Furnace Make: harman
Stove/Furnace Model: VF3000, mark III sf150&250

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