sf-250 or Mark III

sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: tjmack3rd On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:13 pm

I am in the market for a new stove but I'm not sure what I want. There is a waiting list for Harmon Stoves here in Schoharie County NY (as well as everywhere else or so I hear) so I won't be able to get one until early next year. First some background, We are currently in the process of buying a house, an 18 year old single story ranch in the mountains, 1500 sq. ft. The stove will be installed in the basement. The basement is about 1/3 finished and we may finish more. I have a 30 yr. old Godin that my father gave me that I will use for the for now until I can get a harmon along with electric baseboard that is in the house now, if we need it. I would like to get some feedback from sf-250 owners on burn times, how much coal does it hold and how much do you burn in a year and is this stove too much for my application? Does anyone think a Mark III is better for my house. The stove will be the primary source of heat for the house. Whatever feedback I could get to help me make my purchase would be muchly appreciated.
tjmack3rd
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Godin
Stove/Furnace Model: Grande Round

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:33 pm

I have a Mark III in the basement of our 2000 sq ft ranch house and it has heated the house very well. It can get a good 12 hour burn between shaking and loading. Our basement is unfinished. The hardwood floors are nice and warm in the winter. I just use the Harmon supplied blower to move the air across the basement and up the steps. The back bedrooms are about 5-7 degrees cooler than the other rooms but we prefer a cooler room to sleep in so it works for us. My coal pile is outside and I have an outside entrance to the basement now so I track in a lot less dirt through the kitchen (and receive less grief) bringing in the buckets of coal.

Even though I am happy with mine, with the issues Harmon is having I would look around at other possibilities like a Hitzer.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: tjmack3rd On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:44 pm

Even though I am happy with mine, with the issues Harmon is having I would look around at other possibilities like a Hitzer.


You are referring to the issue of supply?
tjmack3rd
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Godin
Stove/Furnace Model: Grande Round

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Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: Cap On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:00 pm

The SF 250 may be too big for 1500sf, Unless you reduce the firebox. I heat 2500sf + my basement with a SF250. Burn time is about the same as with the Mark III, about 10-12hrs to reload. Can go 18hrs but risk burning out fire with low heat last 4 hrs.
Cap
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:14 am

tjmack3rd wrote:
Even though I am happy with mine, with the issues Harmon is having I would look around at other possibilities like a Hitzer.


You are referring to the issue of supply?


Yes, the issues of supply and their less than stellar track record of customer service if you would happen to need it. From what I have read on here Hitzer also makes a good product and actually doesn't mind talking to a customer. They may be a little more available than a Harmon.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:32 am

Orders placed now are shipping in December for Hitzer. Just received the 503 yesterday. Hitzer was a pleasure to deal with and stove arrived, as promised, 4 weeks after ordering on June 27. Hitzer has several models that will meet your needs.
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:12 pm

There is or was a brand new SF250 for sale in the 'Items for Sale' forum at the bottom of the forums list.. Available now... the money saved on not buring oil or electricity is substancial...

The SF250 may be oversize for your house.. but even if it is, you will save money burning coal

Greg L..
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: Adamiscold On: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:41 am

Better to have too big of a stove then to have one too small.
Adamiscold
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby Sr. Old School

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: 26Weeks On: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:57 am

Really like my sf250 but the ash pan does not catch all the ashes. I was always going to weld in angle iron on the sides to move ash away from the sides.
26Weeks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman / Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: SF-250 Combo - KA6 Boiler

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: tjmack3rd On: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:22 pm

Any of you guys have the firebox reducer? And was wondering the sq. ft you guys heat with it
tjmack3rd
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Godin
Stove/Furnace Model: Grande Round

Re: sf-250 or Mark III

PostBy: Razzler On: Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:37 pm

I'm heating 2300 sf + full basement with a custom built coil in it hooked up to my oil boiler with no problems. I don't have a reducer for the fire box. I can idle it down to a 1/4 turn on the draft knob which will be right around 160* to 180* over the fire temp, looking in the door you can't even see it's burning.
Razzler
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman SF 250

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