EarthWindandFire wrote:I'm thinking about getting a bigger hand-fired stove than the Hitzer 75. Based on this winter, the 75 is good, but not large enough to heat the upstairs especially on the coldest winter days. The DS Machine 1600 Circulator looks like a good stove and is rated at 125,000 btus. I don't understand the btu rating used by Hitzer. Based on the circulators firebox size of 16" x 20", my Hitzers firebox of 14" x 24" is bigger and has more surface area to radiate heat ?
I like the Harman SF-250 but without a hopper it's just not as user-friendly as the DS Cirsulator and costs twice as much. What's the largest hand-fired coal stove with a hopper besides DS Circulators ?
I never could understand why a hopper on a manual coal stove really does much? you should still shake it down once at night and once in morning (if your doing that anyways is it really that difficult to throw some coal in it?).
anyways onward to my point... Ive heard the Harmon 250 has some issues with grate warping (why they wont warrenty their grate on their manual coal units so im told)... just though i'd pass it along.
Now...if someone was really smart they would design a timed moterized shaker that gives her a quick 30 sec. shake at 12 hour intervals