hello all! ive been lurking this forum for a couple years trying to decide what kind of stove i wanted to buy. i was realy leaning toward a keystoker with the direct vent. while saving up my pennies i came across a russo c-80 for cheap and am going to have someone build a chimney. right now i have the stove apart cleaning and inspecting everything. its FULL of soot, i think i made it 50 lbs lighter after cleaning it! i do have some experience using a Surdiac hand fired stove at the family hunting camp so i think i can get a handle on running this stove. does anyone have any info on this stove? i did a search and cant find too much other than places to get new grates. im wondering what the heat output is supposed to be. im thinking its about the size of the harmon mk3. what about coal size to burn? the Surdiac uses pea, but i think im gonna try nut in the russo. the grates look too open for pea. im gonna do bagged coal this upcoming season than go to bulk next year. thanks for any info!
oh, its going in an unfinished basement with the first floors joists exposed, do i need to protect the exposed joists from the heat? there is about 5' above the stove to the joists. i also have a concrete floor and the wall behind it is block. the stove will be facing stairs so im hoping the blower will push a decent amount of heat up the steps.