slaphappapy wrote:I have a 1200 sq ft house.
Would a Harmon Mklll be too much stove, or could I regulate the burn OK?
Hi Tom, to answer your question, Yes you will be able to regulate the burn OK. By that I mean, all things considered, you can burn this stove low enough that you can put your flat hand on it and not be burned.
That doesn't mean that stove will adequately heat the entire square foot. It all depends on the floor plan. I have about the same square footage - a split level - and while my Mark II is labeled to produce plenty of btus the floor plan curtails the delivery of that heat to the entire house. The Marks, even with the fan, are radiant heaters and the further you get from the stove the colder your get. The difference from my stove to the furthest upstairs, corner room is 10*.
That's means if the family room with the stove is a comfortable 70* that bedroom is going to be 60*. Also remember heat raises so forget about any heat getting downstairs and around a corner.
After several years of burning up in the stove room (80*) but freezing in the bedrooms we put in a second stove in the basement which already had a chimney. That heats the basement man cave and provides residual heat through the ceiling to the upstairs bedrooms. That heat also moves up the stairs to the main level and helps the other stove heat the front of the house. Between the two I can keep the house at 70* throughout.
My suggestion is spend sometime looking at how the air flows in your house. You can do this by lighting some incense and time how long it takes to spread throughout the house. Once you understand that you'll have a better idea of whether or the Mark III is the stove for you.
If you decide to get the Mark III you will come to love the ease of operation and the heat it can produce. Good luck, let us know what you decide to do and ALWAYS remember we love pictures.