george6556 wrote:503, I suppose I will need to call them about a pan tomorrow. other than this, and unfortunately I can't "overheat" the house with this unit... coal seems like a good choice. i never checked temps...need to find a good thermometer I suppose. what are recommended temps (don't recall it from the book)
If by "book", you mean that little owner's manual that Hitzer delivers with their stoves--I agree, no proper stove temps are recommended. If you read this forum you'll find people consistently running stove temps of less than 300*, and others who run at 400-500*. I'm running my insert at about 480* tonight, where it's 18* outside now, "heating" 4000 sq ft (to inside temps of 65-72*). I really try to get close to, but not exceed, my self-imposed limit of 500* stove temp--but I'm not sure whether this couldn't go higher. I just don't want to chance it. More people here seem to measure flue temps than stove temps, which makes alot of sense, but those of us with inserts can't do that so easily.
Alot of people here are getting great results with thier 503's. Don't conclude you won't get more heat out of it until you know what temps you're running. (How many sq ft are you trying to heat?)
You might try this for a magnetic stove thermometer: