Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: tmegg On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:49 am

I checked out a new Hitzer 30-95 and noticed that the ash pan is very wide without having a back. My concern is that my stove is in the living room and when I empty the ash twice a day I walk the length of the house thru a couple of doorways. The width of the Hitzer looks a little wide to easily pass thru doorways with ease. My Vigilant pan is at least 6 inches narrower. So, for you Hitzer 30-95 burners, how easy is it to handle the pan ?
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:41 am

What is the actual size of the Hitzer pan?
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: Floydman89 On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:10 pm

Hey, I'm NOT at home .. so I can't give the exact dimenions...
my guess is about 20" wide... and about 16" deep

I thought the pan was wide.. and weird at first too .. it has no lip on the back side...
I also have to walk from one side of the house to the other .. in order to dump the pan...
We are real used to it now... Its no big deal... My wife take it out .. more than I do..

Most of the ash falls to the front of the pan...so having no lip on the back .. makes it easy to dump....
Just hang onto the handle with one hand .. and let the ash slide off...
I think having the ash pan that big .. makes it easier to hang on to ... if that makes sense....

One question I have is ... why does it have that smooth rod around it??.. on the 3 sides??
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: duck On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:31 pm

We just put money down on a Hitzer 30-95 on Saturday 2/7 at the Preston Trading Post here in CT, the Hitzer will replace a Colebrookdale Severn that we had for 15 years, we need a little more capacity.
We asked the folks a Preston the same Ash Pan question, why the open back? They told us that it is a common question asked about the Hitzer. Hitzer's theory is on almost every coal stove ashes and pieces of coal build up behind a four sided ash pan and eventually the operator has to use a long handeled shovel to dig the ash out to let the pan sit in it's normal location. With the 3 sided pan as the pan is placed back after emptying it scoops up the material that normally hides in the back. This is quite true with our present Severn, about every 2 days I have to clean out the back to get the pan in enought to close the doors. Our stove is in the living room, in order to control the ash we made a second ash pan and a box with hindged top slightly larger than the pan, it is open on one end. When it is time to empty ashes take the full pan out and slide into box close cover, take the empty ash pan that hides behind the stove and put in place and close the doors. Take the ash pan caddy outside and empty ashes into covered metal can, and bring caddy and empty pan back in for the next cycle.

We will be getting the Hitzer on Wednesday will post some photos and opinion once it is up and running. All the positive comments on the board pointed us to the Hitzer
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: baldeagle On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:41 pm

tmegg & duck -- We have two Hitzers; you will find the system works very well. There are also available (sized to fit)
ash tote that match to the width of the ash tray, very,very clean when you slide the ashes out after they have cooled.
Dumping the ash tote is dusty but we do that out on the porch into a 30 gal barrel with a 3mm contractors bag liner.
The totes need to be emptied 2-3 times week. We have always had room enough to add the Blashack bags; then tape tightly and off to the curb for Monday's trash. Best, baldeagle
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:33 pm

I like the open back. After having a wood stove with a pan that was almost as big as the ash chamber and having to dig out ALL spilled ash before replacing the pan, it seems great just to slide the pan in the stove no matter how much ash is on the bottom of the stove. I do believe the round rod on three sides of the pan is a handle to be swung upward allowing the pan to be carried like a pail. I never use it. I cary the pan out to the garage to dump with one hand gripping the front of the pan so I can use the other hand to open and close doors as I go.

My biggest complaint about my Hitzer is that the ash pan is too shallow. They could have made it 2 or 3 inches deeper just by moving the bottom of the stove down. The legs on the stove must be just over 4" high. Prety minor complaint considering what a good and easy to operate heater it is. :)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: BDHodosn On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:39 pm

I like the Hitzer pans. They are very well thought out. We had one of those old "Suburban" stoves set up for wood. US Stove makes a model similar to them for wood or coal. Ours was set up for wood. The ash pan and clean out was very similar to the Hitzer except that it was four-sided. Ashes always fell off the back as it was withdrawn.

Our stove is in the basement, so ash spillage is only a minor inconvenience.
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: Don_t_Say On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:49 pm

It's a good design! That's what happens when the people who make the product actually use the product. :o
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: 03281 On: Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:01 pm

I like the design too. One thing to be careful of is if you are holding the pan in the front center with one hand(opening a door with the other)the pan can sometimes twist/spring to one direction. This sudden springing can cause ash to fall. I liked the design of the ash pan in my 30-95 so well, I modified the pan in my Russo C55 the same way.
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:52 pm

03281 wrote:I like the design too. One thing to be careful of is if you are holding the pan in the front center with one hand(opening a door with the other)the pan can sometimes twist/spring to one direction. This sudden springing can cause ash to fall. I liked the design of the ash pan in my 30-95 so well, I modified the pan in my Russo C55 the same way.


You are probably correct about he risk of spilling ash with the one hand carry. However, it is just so convenient... I probably will dump a load sometime. :lol:
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: topper On: Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:10 pm

Someone may have posted this, but get an extra ash pan. It makes managing ashes much more convienent depending upon how you deal with your ashes. The full one comes out and the empty goes right in behind it. I get my full ashpan "outside" and deal with it when I want to...
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: Rex On: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:47 pm

topper wrote:Someone may have posted this, but get an extra ash pan. It makes managing ashes much more convienent depending upon how you deal with your ashes. The full one comes out and the empty goes right in behind it. I get my full ashpan "outside" and deal with it when I want to...


Good idea. We ordered a new ash pan this season to replace the warn out one on our 50-93.
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: oliver power On: Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:29 am

03281 wrote:I like the design too. One thing to be careful of is if you are holding the pan in the front center with one hand(opening a door with the other)the pan can sometimes twist/spring to one direction. This sudden springing can cause ash to fall. I liked the design of the ash pan in my 30-95 so well, I modified the pan in my Russo C55 the same way.
We modified my uncle's Harman Mark-111 the same way as the Hitzer pan.
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: Qball On: Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:46 am

I have noticed that the pan is wide. If I am not careful and don't go out the basement door nice and straight, I have a mess. The biggest problem I have is emptying it in a 30 gal barrel. I can never get all the ash in the barrel. I don't think I would do to well if the stove was in my living area.
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Re: Hitzer 30-95 Ash Pan Inquiry

PostBy: baldeagle On: Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:51 pm

Qball -- I don't know about the 30-95 but Hitzer makes an ash tote that matches the size of the ash tray for my 354 & my 503, we wait until ashes are cool and empty the ash pan into the 'tote IN the living room - when cold the dust is negligible as it slips into the 'tote ... we empty the tote 2-3 times/week into a 30 gal. container w/liner. That is dust mask work.
Best, baldeagle
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