longislandsteve wrote:TY. After looking into the vigilant it does'nt have a hopper either.The vigilant is rated at 2000Sq.Feet .And the Harmon TLC is rated at 1700-3000. What makes the Vigilant a better choice ?
The Vigilant has a thermostat and is made of cast iron which is more rust resistant. It looks better and probably has lower stack temperature.
The Harman has a better shaker and bigger ash pan.
Both have their own set of drawbacks as do all stoves, even the best of antiques. There is always something that another stove is a bit better at. Better fire view, cleaner tending, quicker tending, larger ash pan, more effective shaker.The best antiques have a better more effective fire pot for even burning and higher combustion efficiency.
I agree with rberg that a hopper and thermostat are very desirable.