bobkat wrote: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.
When you say that it went past 15 hours on a single load, was that from a full hopper? I was under the impression that with 50 lbs. of coal it could go significantly longer than 15 hours without needing much if any tending. Unless you're referring to the need to shake within that time frame.
I've come to the conclusion based on all that I have read that I will be purchasing at least one Hitzer when I have the extra funds to do so. I am somewhat tossed between a committed full time coal burner and one that can burn wood on occassion. But then, from what I have read the 503 can by removing the hopper, and the 983 can as well, since there is no hopper, as well then as the 30-95..
It's just a matter of finding either a fare priced dealer within a 100 mile radius or simply ordering from Hitzer or Lehman's in Ohio. Both sell the stoves at a price hundreds less than the dealers I have called so far.
Wondering where you purchased yours? and if you could share some pics of it in place.