Hey gang, As some of you may be aware, I have a son in the Army; currently stationed at Ft. Drum. He is anticipating a transfer within the next year, possibly a little longer. If he has his way he is going to put in for Alaska. As he is so busy he asked me to research a decent wood/coal stove for that area. I have no idea what the coal is like there or what stove to recommend. I did a bunch of research on this forum and read every page of the 55 and all pages of the Alaska thread. Seems the Alaska moderator "Valley Trash", is kind of recommending the 55. But I have some questions. Apparently the Hitzer 55 is a wood/coal combo, with a down draft re burn system making it conducive to bit coal. I even talked to Cliff at Hitzer and he also confirmed that the 55 was a good choice; and that a lot of these stoves are shipped to AK. A particular question I have is with a firebox so large, how come only rated 60K?? Is it because stove is 16 GA?? He doesn't want to get elaborate because the stove will come and go with him. Hitzers seem to be very popular up there only no hopper allowed. Now I know the virtues of a combo stove; but my son is very smart but also very THICK!!!
And he is an experienced wood burner. So if all else fails he can still burn wood; and this unit seems very economical. Also because you have to open the ash door to shake, will that create excessive dust? I believe that as long as a healthy fire is established, and MPD is wide open it won't. Anyway I realize that this may be a bit premature; however I would rather find out now Than ask in August. As always, Thanks in advance.