I cannot afford oil this year (paid more than 2200 last year) and who know this year???
I decided on a coal inset for my fireplace in the lower level of my larger A Frame. I looked around, but and am able to get --not order-but pick up from stock either a Harman Elite of either of the 2 Hitzer's coal inserts. All are about $2200.00. The only problem is my fireplace is 32" wide and the Harman insert is needs 40". I can make it that wide if I have to, but only if necessary. Is the Harman stove a that much better, where I should go through all that trouble. I need a long burn as I often work 16 hour shifts and have the old oil burner to use if I have to---have a on demand LP hot water heater so that is a non issue. Will the Hitzer with the hopper work better than the other 2???
What I am asking from you guys, who are in the know---If it were your money what would you do? I live in the country -in northeast Pa--and a lot of people here are going back to coal. I only remember hating to take the ashes out as a kid and here I am back where I started!! Thank in advance for your help. When I did burn wood for heat and hot water I used about 6 cords a year and had to feed the fire at least 3 times a day.
Thanks in advance for you input. Patrick