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 dont 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)