Hitzer Stove Company

PostBy: Lucky1 On: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:27 pm

The two stoves I purchased were double door with glass front inserts. They were purchased in the early 90s . The stoves were coal or wood and could be burnt with the screen insert with a wood fire, they were bought new. One of the stoves was installed in our home and one in a business we owned, we also had a Harmon SF 250 in the business, one of the first 250s built. GREAT Stove. We have sold the business, AND eliminated one Hitzer and replaced the other at our home with a SF 250. We also have another Harmon stove in our home. ( Big house ) The Hitzers were purchased in Clarkstown Penna. Many stoves over the years in different properties we own and the Hitzers the worst.
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PostBy: davemich On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:12 am

There you go...several different opinions on a manufacturer. Good and bad. This is the first comment to the negative on Hitzer that I've heard. The dealer here in Michigan is selling them faster than he get his hands on them. Several sales were second stove to past customers. So all you need to do Jersey is weigh what is important to you and go from there. Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.
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PostBy: Frank B. On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:31 am

I haven't seen any hitzers with double doors. Maybe that contributed to Lucky 1's problem with his hitzer. From what I understand, Jersey John is looking for an insert (to make use of an existing fireplace )rather than a freestanding stove. I was in the same situation last year. Your selection of coal insertsis far less than freestanding stoves. One other possibility not mentioned is Baker stoves ( http://www.bakerstoves.com) I don't know anthing other than what their website has but, I do see they manufacture an insert. Maybe worth a look
Frank B.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 983 hand fed insert

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PostBy: davemich On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:15 am

I beleive the 983 insert has double doors. Not sure tho. I believe Leisure Line has an insert as well.
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PostBy: Lucky1 On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:51 am

Baker stoves are very good stoves, well built and quiet heavy. A local feed store (Ag. store) has a Baker with hopper and it heats a large sales area and offices. This stove must have been in operation for at least 8-10 years I have been going there. They are very happy with it and have had no problems.
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PostBy: Jersey John On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:16 pm

Very much appreciate the comments.....

I am in fact looking for two stoves. One as an insert in my somewhat finished basement so that when my boys are there entertaining their friends, I can keep the place warm. When I need to keep my pipes from freezing in the dead of winter, a stove that can burn the better part of a day without refueling. I do have a pellet stove in the back section where my pipes and water heater are located, having had them freeze and crack several years ago.

As for my basement office, which is separate from the other family room basement area, I am currently burning in a Fisher stove. I enjoy the fact that there is a door immediately to the left of the stove that I can bring my wood, or coal into. That is the stove I wouldn't have a problem replacing with a dedicated non electric coal burner.

I have heard of Baker, but do not believe there are any dealers nearby. Having only heard of Hizer from this forum, and already knowing about Harman and Vermont Castings, it is precisely why I posted this query.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will be burning coal next year. It is my intent to have a dual burner stove, or at least one that can burn a reasonable amount of wood when the weather is moderate.

I believe at least one of the Hitzer inserts is a double door, but I don't see that as a problem. Simply sounds like the earlier stove that Lucky 1 had was not up to the task. From what the majority of what the rest of you have posted, they seem to be a very solid consideration, which by this time next year, I hope to be advising others in a the same situation as I.

The rain has stopped, and I have some wood splitting to do. Have a great weekend!
Jersey John
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS 1500
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Regency Wood Stove

PostBy: Frank B. On: Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:14 pm

davemich wrote:I beleive the 983 insert has double doors. Not sure tho. I believe Leisure Line has an insert as well.


My 983 has a single door I purchased it last fall

edited to add: the 983 insert was made both ways with a double door or one large single door (a gold plated door is an option) I think the double door may be the older style.
Frank B.
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer 983 hand fed insert

PostBy: davemich On: Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:17 am

On Hitzer's website, the 983 is shown with double doors. That may be an option however.
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PostBy: bigdog On: Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:04 pm

JERSEY JOHN,

I FINALLY GOT MY HITZER INSTALLED AND I HAVE BEEN BURNING IT FOR ALMOST TWO DAYS. STARTED QUITE EASILY AND I HAVEN'T HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH IT. I WAS WORRIED ABOUT HAVING A GOOD DRAFT BUT SEEMS TO BE WORKING WELL.

ABOUT BURNING WOOD IN THIS STOVE SINCE THE HOPPER ISN'T REMOVABLE IN THE 50-93 IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO HAVE MUCH OF A WOODFIRE IN THE STOVE. THE HOPPER TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM BETWEEN THE GLASS DOOR AND THE FIREBOX. I HAVE ACCESS TO SOME SMALLER PIECES OF SLABWOOD FROM A LOCAL LUMBER MILL AND I MAY BURN SOME OF THAT IN THE FALL AND SPRING WHEN A LONGLASTING COAL FIRE ISN'T PRACTICAL.

MARK

PS. I HAVE PICTURES POSTED IN THE GENERAL FORUM
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PostBy: ohiocoalburner On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:05 am

Jersey John wrote:Very much appreciate the comments.....

I am in fact looking for two stoves. One as an insert in my somewhat finished basement so that when my boys are there entertaining their friends, I can keep the place warm. When I need to keep my pipes from freezing in the dead of winter, a stove that can burn the better part of a day without refueling. I do have a pellet stove in the back section where my pipes and water heater are located, having had them freeze and crack several years ago.

As for my basement office, which is separate from the other family room basement area, I am currently burning in a Fisher stove. I enjoy the fact that there is a door immediately to the left of the stove that I can bring my wood, or coal into. That is the stove I wouldn't have a problem replacing with a dedicated non electric coal burner.

I have heard of Baker, but do not believe there are any dealers nearby. Having only heard of Hizer from this forum, and already knowing about Harman and Vermont Castings, it is precisely why I posted this query.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will be burning coal next year. It is my intent to have a dual burner stove, or at least one that can burn a reasonable amount of wood when the weather is moderate.

I believe at least one of the Hitzer inserts is a double door, but I don't see that as a problem. Simply sounds like the earlier stove that Lucky 1 had was not up to the task. From what the majority of what the rest of you have posted, they seem to be a very solid consideration, which by this time next year, I hope to be advising others in a the same situation as I.

The rain has stopped, and I have some wood splitting to do. Have a great weekend!


Hey John if you do get the coal burning bug you won't regret it. I purchashed a 503 hitzer insert this year and regret not doing it years ago! I have burned wood in a Brunco furnace for the past 15 years and usually cut and split about 6 cords a year also (Until 2 years ago by hand!) and can"t begin to explain how much nicer and less work the coal is. I fill once a day and shake twice. I have been going through about 25 lbs in 24 to 36 hours, but only been in the 30's here so far. As far as burning wood when its warmer outside, it really doesn't seem worthwhile to me. Much easier to just throtle the stove back and keep the coal fire going. Heck sell the wood and buy more coal! Hitzer appears to make a quality stove from what I have noticed and look forward to many years with mine.
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PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:52 am

As for coal inserts......I have this Harman model:



uhhhhhhh.....'cept mine has chrome instead of gold accents and I don't have all that fancy schmancy decorative surround work ( my surround is 'plain' stove colored and professionally done ).

I have a 2,300 sq/ft split level and I am in shorts city with how well it heats! Last winter we had temps down around zero degrees in the hills of Lackawanna County, Pa......and my son was comfy hanging out in just a short-sleeved onsie ( he was a year old at the time ). I REALLY love the coal heat! And so do the cats. And so does my wife for drying those articles of clothing that, even though it doesn't say it on the tag, must NEVER EVER go in a dryer! LOL!

Gary in Pennsylvania
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PostBy: Jersey John On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:12 am

That's a great stove from what I have read. I even have an opportunity to pick one up used, if the family who used it out near Harrisburg still has it. Since it is front loading, how many pounds of coal can you load into it?

How long a burn can you get when banked down. I need that it not need tending for at least 12 hours, since I and my twin boys are the only ones living here. I'd hate to have to start the whole process more than a couple times a month, which is inevitable when I am out of town visiting my gf who lives in south Jersey.

I have to assume that you can burn wood on the warmer weeks of Fall, and early Spring. I'd enjoy seeing a photo of yours in place. Especially with the simpler look you describe since I am not into all that fancy decorations either.

I split wood for another hour yesterday, and my wood pile is taller than my kids, so I am feeling less threatened by the thought of having to rely on pellets or electricity. If a deal were to present itself, I'd probably jump on it, but think that I will look to Spring or Summer for a purchase.

Thanks for your comments about your Harman Insert.
Jersey John
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS 1500
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Regency Wood Stove

PostBy: bobkat On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:08 am

John, I am from that area in Jersey south of the Mullica. I put in a Hitzer 50-93 last fall and love it. Before I retired, I was working 10 hour tours at work, which often ended up being 12-13 hours. Add in get ready and travel to and from time, there were many days that the time between tendings was 14-15 hours. I think that all season I only had to restart twice, and that was because it went way past 15 hours on a single load. the Hitzer heated the 1100 sf rancher with full basement like it was born to do it. All I did was leave the cellar door open enough for cats to get downstairs. All the rest was natural convection and radiant through the tile floors. When you get the chance to do it... go for it. You'll never look back for wood again.
Bob
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93

PostBy: bobkat On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:09 am

John, I am from that area in Jersey south of the Mullica. I put in a Hitzer 50-93 last fall and love it. Before I retired, I was working 10 hour tours at work, which often ended up being 12-13 hours. Add in get ready and travel to and from time, there were many days that the time between tendings was 14-15 hours. I think that all season I only had to restart twice, and that was because it went way past 15 hours on a single load. the Hitzer heated the 1100 sf rancher with full basement like it was born to do it. All I did was leave the cellar door open enough for cats to get downstairs. All the rest was natural convection and radiant through the tile floors. When you get the chance to do it... go for it. You'll never look back for wood again.
Bob
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:46 am

Jersey John wrote: I'd enjoy seeing a photo of yours in place. Especially with the simpler look you describe since I am not into all that fancy decorations either.



Absolutely!

I'll get some pics up this evening.

Gary in Pennsylvania
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