Coal Stove Comparison

COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: Jeep On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:57 pm

As the heating season is comming to a close, I'm planning on retirement of my 22 year old Consolidated Dutchwest Box Heater with either a Hitzer 254(coal) or a Harman TLC 2000 coal stove. Could anyone give me some input experience as to the pros and/or cons of each? They both appear to be well made in the USA. I will be burning nothing but hard coal.
Jeep
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Con Dutchwest Box Heater

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Re: COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:30 pm

Take a look at the thread "What stove is best for me?' I got a lot of good advise and input that is relevant to your question. :)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.

Re: COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:14 am

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:29 am

Jeep wrote:As the heating season is comming to a close, I'm planning on retirement of my 22 year old Consolidated Dutchwest Box Heater with either a Hitzer 254(coal) or a Harman TLC 2000 coal stove. Could anyone give me some input experience as to the pros and/or cons of each? They both appear to be well made in the USA. I will be burning nothing but hard coal.


This is my 3rd season burning a Harman TLC 2000 & it is the best of the three coal stoves I have used in almost 30 years of coal heating. It is solidly made, has a huge ash pan, is easily controlable even at low temps, has a shaker mechanism that allows for easy dumping/cleanout , has a double wall construction that allows for closer installations, & is even good looking!
My only complaints would be:
1. Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)
2. Top loading the TLC-2000...I have found that trying to top load the stove sends coal everywhere except where I want it! (I may just have never learned that technique correctly but I find that loading it through the window door is much easier)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: Dallas On: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:51 am

Devil5052 wrote: My only complaint would be about Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)


Devil, Based on my experiences with my front loader and the coal dust, referenced in my "Clean Up" post .. It's time for me to "Clean up my act"! , isn't there quite a lot of coal dust flying around when loading a top loader?
Dallas
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: COAL STOVE COMPARISON

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:35 pm

Dallas wrote:
Devil5052 wrote: My only complaint would be about Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)


Devil, Based on my experiences with my front loader and the coal dust, referenced in my "Clean Up" post .. It's time for me to "Clean up my act"! , isn't there quite a lot of coal dust flying around when loading a top loader?


Could very well be but I've only tried it a few times due to lack of control anyway.
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

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