mom-hfa wrote: I want something off-the-grid. When the apocalypse or armageddon strike, I want to know we can survive without electricity and battery back-up will only go so far. Stocking up on guns, ammo and home pressure canning gear. I'm even considering an old-fashioned coal stovetop/oven for cooking. (Yes, I will try to remember my tin foil hat also).
Nothing wrong with being prepared. I have been doing the same thing.
I have a hand fired Harman Mark II and it really isn't all that much work. Just check it in the morning, day and right before bed. No big deal really.
BTW-- you can always buy the little gate/fence type barrier thing for your son. better safe than sorry. they have them at just about any stove shop.