I am about to buy a new stove. I think that I've narrowed my choices down to the: Reading Allegheny RS96, Leisure Line Pocono, or Alaska Channing 3. The prices are: Channing 3 $1595 (seams like a deal), Allegheny RS96 $2199 and includes one ton of coal, and Pocono $2270. Basically, I am just planning to add supplemental heat to my house so that the oil furnace doesn't run as much. Also, I may want to run a hot water coil into the stove in the future and wondered if that would impact the choice.
It seems like the Channing 3 is what I'm probably going to buy, but I'm new to coal heat and would appreciate any advice you all can give.