Floydman89 wrote:Oliver, I have the Hitzer 30-95, running it since Oct .. .my house is about 1700 sq ft ... I think the 50-93 would have been the better stove... Don't get me wrong .. the 30-95 is an awesome stove... I think It would do very well in a 1200 sq ft house . .well insulated! .. We run the damper on 11-12 .. durring 15-25 deg outside.. Not sure how much more we can turn that up.. Stack temp 200-300 deg .. and stove temp 400 ?? We NEVER have a problem with it going out.. we shake it down every 8-10 hours .. .burning reading pea.. When its HOT .. the coal is orange right up to the hopper... and the blue ladies are dancing big! . We have only had a couple real cold spells here in CNY .. say 10deg and windy .. then we'll need to run the oil furnace a little... I wonder having a 50-93 .. if we would have the problem of keeping the stove going in 50deg temps?? M&M coal said we could take out the pin on the one side .. but that seemed weird to me at the time .. but makes total since now..
Hi Floyedman89, You are right on track. I too have 1700 square foot ranch style home. My 50-93 is in a basement the same size, giving me a total heating area of 3400 square feet. The 50-93 does a great job! It will coast along all winter. My back draft dial is set at 8. Ash pan door vents are round. Stack temps range from 150 - 200. In the warmer wheather, I have no problem keeping the stove going (50 - 75 stack temp). I've thought about disconnecting one of my grates for warmer wheather. Now that I see others have done this, Come spring, I may try it myself. If for no other reason, just to experiment.
The 30-95 would have to be cranking pretty good to heat 3400 square feet, and then fall short during the coldest days of winter. My 30-95 is in the pole barn garage. Great little stove. I run it off & on through out the winter. Put a couple ton or so of coal through it. Like you say, it will heat 1200 square foot place easily. Put that 1200 square foot home on the same size basement, now you're talking 2400 square feet (a bit much for the 30-95). The 50-93 is rated for 2500 square feet, yet I heat 3400 square feet without over fireing the stove. I would say the factory under rated the 50-93. Without looking, I believe the 30-95 is rated for 1600 square feet. I think that rating is just about right. Almost forgot to mention; I burn chestnut size coal in both stoves. Tending time is every 12 hours(can go longer). I don't touch my stoves for at least 12 hours. No shaking, no nothing. If you have to tend your stove every 8 - 10 hours, sounds like you're over fireing. You'd be very happy with the 50-93.