Hi, all. I am Bruce and I have been a woodaholic for more years than I can remember. The DW recently suggested going to coal to reduce the amount of work involved for me, so, I went along with it as long as we got a stove that could still use wood. We went to a local dealer, and purchased a new Hitzer 354. We have a single story log home with a full walk out basement, so out went the Fisher, and in went the Hitzer. Should have seen DW and me getting this 500 lb. piece of steel off my truck, (I'm 61, and she's not far behind.
) Anyway, got it in place, fired up, and not too impressed, til I found this site and did some lurking. Sure shortened up the learning curve! The last three days have been great, got yhe stove going real slow, has a bimetal thermostat, was going to let go out, so didn't feed it in the morning, came home from work and it was still burning! This doggone thing will go over twentyfour hours! Never even came close to that with wood. So easy to take care of, I almost feel like a "girlieman". Oh as a final note, DW works at college, and I supervise maintenance Dept. at a State Prison. We live in Scott, NY, about half way between Binghamton and Syracuse. Thanks to all for the great pointers on this site.