USSC Ashley 24AF Vs. Clayton 1600

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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DOUG
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Stove/Furnace Make: CHUBBY, D.S.MACHINE BOILER
Stove/Furnace Model: CLAYTON 1600
Location: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Post Sat. Feb. 14, 2009 10:12 pm

Here are some comparitive pictures of the Ashley 24AF and the Clayton 1600 furnaces from United States Stove Company. Is there any special design modifications which anyone has done to these furnaces or would like to see done from the factory, that owns or has operated one of these furnaces, to make them better performers?
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The Ashley 24AF and the Clayton 1600 sise by side.
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The Ashley 24AF firebox.
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The Clayton 1600 firebox.
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The fireboxes side by side.
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The rear view of the Clayton and the Ashley 24AF.

They both have a domestic hot water coil option available from Hilkoil http://www.hilkoil.com. and are priced very close from USSC http://www.usstove.com. The Clayton has a fully insulated jacket, while the Ashley does not. The Clayton has a firebrick lined secondary heat exchanger and the Ashly is plate steel. The draft fan option in standard with the Clayton 1600G and it is an added option to the Ashley 24AF. The Flue exists the top on the Clayton and the rear on the Ashley. There are six firebricks deep on the Clayton and five firebricks deep on the Ahsley. The grates on the Clayton rock back and forth, while the Ashly turns side to side. The Ashley has a unique pressure flap designed into the cast iron feed door, while the Clayton is a solid cast iron door.

So, I was just wondering how well these units compare to each other, being they are very close in price point after all the options are purchased.
Thanks, DOUG :idea: :)

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Post Sun. Feb. 15, 2009 9:09 am

:gee: kinda looks like the fire box in the ashley is an even worse design than the hotblast or claytons. being on that much of an angle. what do you think about the shaker system in the ashley? you feel it would do a better job than a hotblast?
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Stove/Furnace Make: ashley #24
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Post Sun. Feb. 15, 2009 3:39 pm

my ashley came with the force draft already installed,wasnt an option,3 yrs ago.

burnt coal for 3 yrs in it,did good,burnt nut in it,i was going to burn this year but got a whole bunch of wood(FREE) so it is in wood mode.getting the draft set is the key to it burning good.once it is setup it burns great.

the grate setup isnt bad,just if you get a big chunk in the shaker part it might break off if not carefull.i broke 1 and my kid broke 1.too much force did it though,tried to force the chunk to break,and it didnt.in wood mode it doent get shaken down only when the ash doesnt fall through good enough.

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