I was hoping to get some opinions on this stove from those who have one or have owned one. I like the fact that you can burn normal size logs in it (my Mark1 is a bit tight!) It seems like a majorly different design from the Mark-series so I was curious on the level of quality? Also, the air control from the bottom is not the spin-control that I am used to. It looks like some kind of slider - does it work well? Thanks
My 3rd year burning a TLC-2000 & I highly recomend them. Welded & solid steel & very controlable even at low stove temps.
I have burned wood occasionaly but always find the glass gets black, probably due to the pine scraps I usualy burn, so I prefer to stick with coal. TheTLC uses slide controls for all its air control & they work very well. (2 vertical scondary air sliders next to the window door which I only use for wood fires & a horizontal slide on the ash door which also gives you great control) Harman touts the top load feature which I rarely use as you have very little control of where the coal ends up. One thing I would recommend is adding another layer of firebrick to the sides & back. I did this & find loading is now much easier & more coal can be loaded. I love he huge ash pan as it make things alot easier!
Another recomendation is to buy a blower fan for it. (either the expensive Harman blower or an alternative.(The TLC is a jacketed stove which allows very close installation to combustible walls but cuts down heat radiation without a blower)
One thing I did was to buy a "back-up" door/window assembly as the window cracked last year & I had to shut it down for a day while I went to the Harman dealer to replace the glass. If this happens again, now all I need to do is swap doors!)
(I had probably weakened the glass by using a paint scraper on it to clean off creosote......which I dcont do anymore)
All in all, I highly recomend the TLC! (My 3rd ...& best....coal stove)