Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: davelikesbeer On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:51 pm

Hi, I have the opportunity to buy a Hitzer 82. Only 2 years old. I don't know anything about these units. The website has a few picks, but not super helpful. Does anyone using one of these have any problems, or suggestions, regrets, or wisdom. Will it heat an old house from the basement? Does $1300 seem like a good price.

Any and all comments welcomed.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: 1900 C

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: Pumpkinhead On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:44 pm

Since I've only had mine a few weeks I can't speak as to performance but I can say something about price, we paid 1100 and change for a brand new one, included taxes. Granted, demand does drive up price. Also my unit has cast iron doors, the older ones have sheet metal doors with some sort of backing I was told, the cast doors are heavy and look indestructable. Picture on the website is the old style doors.
Pumpkinhead
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:47 am

I've read nothing negative about the Hitzer 82, or any Hitzer product for that matter.. do a site search for Hitzer 82. I think you will find 4-5 users here..

Greg L
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Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:46 am

The used unit you are looking at...is it the radiant stove model or the furnace unit? If it is just the radiant model, $1300 is pretty high as I paid $980 for mine brand new this past summer. I believe the furnace unit was about $1400 when I priced it out, so $1300 for a used furnace model wouldn't be too bad.

I have had my 82 burning since October 17th and it is performing flawlessly. Lots of heat, very even burns, and it shakes down easily. It will go 24 hrs between reloads but I have been giving it a light shake-down and top-off with fresh coal twice per day to keep the stove temp. consistent. I have been averaging about 40 lbs per day, although for the last two days the wind has been howling and I've used a little more.

As for heating the house from the basement, it is a challenge to move the heat upstairs with any stove. Unless you install some floor grates and some other registers to return cold air to the basement, you will likely end up with a hot basement and cold house. My stove is right next to the stairwell, which is in the middle of the house. A lot of heat travels up the stairs, but the basement still stays pretty warm. There is another member on here (sharkman8810) that has a model 82, he posted some pictures of the stove in this thread: Pictures of your stove and some pictures of his custom-made heat collection cabinet here: http://nepacrossroads.com/post64248.html#p64248

-Robert
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sandyjohn On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:08 pm

Can you help us out getting our Hitzer 82 going? We are having a terrible time getting the air through the bottom; not even with the ash door open does it seem to have much air. Help!!!!
sandyjohn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sharkman8810 On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:35 pm

They are good stoves, i feed once a day in the evening, and shake morning and evening. They will put out the heat. To get them started, a good kindling fire, then fill the whole grate with a layer of coal(nut) and leave the ash door open until it catches. Then just slowly add layer by layer. If you need help to get things going or more details pm markviii or me, i'll be gone for the weekend, but i am sure he will help, he is very nice, or others on here. Just careful not to add to much at once these firebox's hold alot of coal, and that makes it easier for gas buildup and puffbacks.
sharkman8810
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 82 ul
Coal Size/Type: nut
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82 u.l.

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sandyjohn On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:08 pm

There just doesn't seem to be alot of air even with the regulator damper fully open; how much is a little coal at one time (one shovel? two shovels?)
sandyjohn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sandyjohn On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:13 pm

Also, after we put a little coal in the stove do we close the direct draft damper right away?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sharkman8810 On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:21 pm

Completely cover the grates with coal, 1-2 inches deep, the air has to be forced through your wood fire through the coal to catch. Don't close the damper lever until you have a good fire going, this lever sends the gasses into a secondary burn chamber, then out the flue, but it slows the draft, and you need the draft to get the fire started and coal to catch.
sharkman8810
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 82 ul
Coal Size/Type: nut
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82 u.l.

Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:53 pm

Sandyjohn, how tall and what size is your chimney,, it sounds like you don't have enough draft.. try opening a window in the room where the Hitzer is, this lets in outside air and aids the chimney to draft stronger..

Greg L.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Re: Seeking opinions and insights about the Hitzer 82

PostBy: sandyjohn On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:54 am

The chimney is 24 feet, and the Hitzer stove is in the basement; my husband opened all the returns from upstairs to the basement to see if that helps.
sandyjohn
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 82

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