Question for you, CapeCoaler: Your profile indicates you have 4 stoves--Harman Mark II, Hitzer 503, Russo, and VC. I know New England gets cold, but assume
you're not burning more than one or two at present. But have you, at one time or another, fired each of them? I'd be interested in your comparative views on your stoves' designs, build quality, ease of use, heat output, value, etc. Maybe you've addressed this issue in another post, but I haven't seen it.
Most people do coal stoves like they do Caribbean islands: many people have been to only one island, which they love, and will try tell you why "their" island is the best of all possible choices. It's really valuable to talk to people who've been to multiple islands, and who can truly compare based on actual experience.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.