Hi all, my name is Kim, I have been lurking around hear for a couple of weeks reading all the posts that I can. Very interesting site. Thank you all for the wealth of information.
My wife and I live in Amish country in southern lower Michigan, St. Joe county. I just purchased a manufactured home with 3.3 acres of land and have decided to put in a coal stove for primary heating as the place only has propane. One of the Amish folks that I work with is a Hitzer dealer and he heats totally with a Hitzer and swears by them. I have looked at a number of different stoves, via the internet, and have pretty much decided on a 30-95. My house (the one that I just bought, but won't close on til late March or early April) is about 1476 sq ft, with a large open living room dining room kitchen area and the master bedroom and one end and the 2 other bedrooms at the other end. I will be able to centrally place the 30-95 so that it will be about centered in the house. Do you think that this will be enough stove? It is rated for up to 1800 sq ft.
I am very excited to put one in. I have had wood stoves for numerous years, so have a good feel for the process, and after reading the threads related to lighting a coal stove, and speaking with local Amish, I think I will not have much of an issue getting it going next winter.
Anyway, long winded as I am, thanks for a great site and I will enjoy your thoughts and comments.