Bootstrap wrote:I would say right off the bat, you should get that door fixed. Two bags a day is alot of coal, If I burned that much my house would be 90 degrees. I don't know much about your stove but I saw a good deal of more effeciency when I switched out from my Warm Morning 523 to my much, much newer Harman Mark 1 and even more with my Hitzer 30-95. Others will say I'm full of crap but I fully believe the newer stoves are a better design.
Multi fuel stoves are a horrible idea. They are not optimized for any one fuel, so they are not good at burning either one. You might end up burning more coal than you do now with a multi fuel stove.
Don't get too fooled with natural gas. I have it. I can say whole heartedly that my heating costs are about 25% less with coal. Because running my Hitzer is a piece of cake with almost no work what so ever, burning coal is worth it to me.
throw in the supply/delivery/screw you up the rear charges and nat gas suddenly isn't that cheap.
Hey Bootstrap, the doors are good, new gaskets on both load and ash door and they both seal tight. My grates are warped pretty badly, I was so used to pulling the ash box and dumping every 4 or 5 days with wood that I unknowingly let the coal ash build up and by the time I dumped it for the first time by grate was toast.
I'm only thinking about a coal/gas boiler as it would be nice to have gas as a back up if we're going to be out of town. Coal would be the primary fuel source. I've already realized the benefits of burning coal, just need to fine tune the flue suction and replace the grates and I'll be back in business. It's been so warm here lately that I'm fine burning wood for now but once the temps start to head South I will want the extended burn times of coal, by then I'll have the shakers replaced and a manometer installed (and probably a baro).