Hi, everyone. I'm so glad for your interest in the "CLAYTON PROJECT." I'm going to answer your questions.
North Candlewood, What are you heating? I'm heating a large, roughly 3700sq.ft old house built in 1889. Which model stokers did you use and where did you get them? The stokers are the Mid Stoker COMPLETE for READING STOVE and I purchased them from HEET,INC. in Washington,PA. http://www.heetinc.com
phone 724-228-3710. Hopper size? It is a stock hopper from READING STOVE. It appears you centered the stokers in the CLAYTON? Yes I did, right across from each other, but closer to the feed door for ease of lighting and maintaning. Cost for the conversion? I'm still adding up the total amount, but it approximatly doubled the cost of buying the Clayton 1600 new. North Candlewood I'm glad you like it. Thanks.
Gambler, Thanks for the nice comment. Put your rose colored glasses on and call your insurance company. I did before I made it. And guess what, If you tell them you burn, wood or coal, you are covered for fire if you update the policy. My agent even veiwed this post today and said the installation was pristine. As for the UL rating, they didn't care as long as it was done within NFPA guidelines. He said it's covered under the stupidity clause. If you smoke a cigarette, fall asleep and your house burns down, you are covered. There are alot of stoves and fireplaces out there that are in homes that are not UL listed and they cover them. They will mainly try to bang you if it can be proven the cause is lack of maintenance. He did tell me that if I got flooded though, they are only responsible to get you conventional heat. The alternative heating we do with the equipment we use on this forum will only be prorated for the amount of deprecation over the estimate the adjuster comes up with.