i was wondering if anybody could help me figure out something , i have a old franco belge stove max 5400 btu and it keeps my little ranch fome pretty warm , ahh right now i have it on setting 5 and my house is at about 73 degrees , stove is in the basement , looking at a leisure line econo 1 stoker with a max btu of 70000, do you think this new stove will compare in heat output and will it work as good as my franco hand fired stove , need help
is the leisure line a good stove ?
I recently replaced an old Franco B. with a Harman Magnum there is a difference between the two it's hard to describe, first remember the size of the fire in the F.B. was much larger than the little plate of fire in a stoker and the F.B. was a constant radiant heat the stoker is up and down and relies on warm air a good bit .
That being said, while the room that the stove is in is not as HOT as with the F.B. the entire house is warmer from the coal and the room the stove is in is more even temperatured the oil heat has run very little if at all as compared to the assistance it used to give the F.B.
Coal usage again is different as you know the F.B. uses a bucket a day sometimes a bucket and a half when I say bucket I reference the standard black coal bucket available in a good old American hardware store, the Harman uses most days two of these and every couple a days needs three and there are mild days when it only needs one
The L.L. is a well developed product line that is pioneering an interactive customer relationship that some of the other companies need to sit up and look at . Keystoker and Alaska have been around a long time and really know the bizz, Reading stoves are low cost and relatively new on the market but use time tested technology, Harmans are the heaviest built products and use burner technology different than the others and a clean glass system that works . These are just a few of the variations
It is important that when a new visitor comes here that he or she does not ever get the feeling that there is only one or two right choices to make, every company that manufactures a stove and markets it to the public has faith and confidence in their product and each one prolly feels they are the best for the market they want to reach. While I don't work in a stove company I am sure the folks that have designed them are also confident their unit will compete and perform with the other products on the market .
If right now one of my two stoves split up the center and I had to immediately tomorrow morning go out and buy a new stove I am hard pressed to make that decision because each one has some features I like I have been burning coal for many many years and been around it most of my life, I have also been here in the forum for a good bit and looked hard at every product to come down the pike, I also am very very opinionated and strong willed, given all this, it is still a tough decision to have to make cause there is some great stuff available.
Shop around a bit and get points of view on the one that appeals to you