First part to Devil since he seems to have the same house as us.
Hey Devil do you have any more pictures of your house and the way it's setup? How's the insulation in your house 2x6 construction? We have a split level ranch and are trying to decide where to put it to best serve our needs.
Do we put it near the top of the stairs or the bottom, how much will the heat move on it's own? Do we invest in one with a blower on it to help move the air by it's self or do we plan on adding some piping to help get the heat distributed around the house? Do the blowers just blow air from behind to the front of the stove or are there some that are setup for just piping it else where (can not find the information on any web sites)? We think we should get something with a domestic hot water coil in it so we can still get some use out of our in floor radiant heating system, but it's going to have to be something we can add to it later on if that's even possible?
We called one place who said they had a Harmon Mark II in stock, we drove an hour and 5 minutes to find out that they didn't have one at all. I called just before we walked out the door
From there we drove another hour to the shop that had them 3 feet off the ground and you couldn't see the backs of any of them. I talked a lot with this guy who did and didn't know much about the different types of stoves, the person who did wasn't there and the other woman was busy with other customers. We talking about the different ways to vent them since we do not have a chimney and saw this hole behind the ash pan of a Keystroker and the guy just says that where it ties into the chimney. I saw a guy with a picture of it in the picture thread and asked about it, he seemed to have his venting straight out like it was a pellet stove setup, is that even possible? I don't understand how the exhaust vent can be that low on that model (Keystroker web site is completely useless), are all back venting stoves that low?
We don't want a boiler, price is just to high. We are trying to figure out what would work best for us, also what we could actually get since the demand is getting so high with them. There are other stores that are 1 to 3 hours away and some being up in Maine, which is a long way to go just to just be able to "look" at them to help us make up our minds. I emailed a couple of them asking what they had in stock and only the one in Maine has gotten back to me, But that's a long way to go for a stove.