Thanks for the input.Did all the Surdiac's have self feed hoppers? How do they workwith out electric? I have a wood furnace and a fuel oil back up furnace. But I was disabled in a MVA crash a few years back ,so cutting wood is not as easy .I was just looking for small coal burner to help out. The price of coal in the upstate NY area is cheaper than wood pellets.The price of those new stoves are high.The lower priced coal stoves you seen on craigs list do they have the hoppers? I have cut and burned my own wood for 30 years on the same Itasca furnace.I remove the outside covers to check for cracks.When I find them I weld them with MIG.I have a heat and carbon monoxide detectors.It came with a seperate chamber for oil burner.I had removed the burner years ago,it did fire up the wood nicley but allways pluged up with soot. lator had a small oil burner furnace installed next to it. Oil was 79 cents a gallon then ,also took out my electric hot water heater and put in oil water heater. Oil had been stable for over 10 years. Of course with my luck that ended. I am planing on putting in a small electric water heater .Its going to be a low profile so I can get it higher than my wood burner.I want to put a coil in the wood furnace.In the area where oil gun was.Being higher I won't need a pump.I loose electrice once to 5 times a year.I live in a wooded area and on the end of an Electric service finger. So if anything happens on that loop I get hit. The wood furnace blower won't work, but I do get a hot air gravity effect ,Its not nearly as good as with blowers.I have one more question.With a wood stove burning, is it practical to add coal to top of wood to get longer burn? Or would that be wasting coal or dangerous?