Good Small Stove?

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abaton6
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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 3:34 pm

OK brand newbie here. I'm looking to put a small coal stove in my home here in Vermont. I'll be looking for a used one. Any opinions on which brands(s) to look at, or stay away from? I saw an "All nighter" for $500 that looked good, but I'd like some informed opinions before I take the plunge.

Thanx,
Ken
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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 4:01 pm

Hand fired or stoker?
Hitzer and Harman make good small hand fired stoves.
You can find them used quite often.

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 4:39 pm

What's the square footage of the space you are going to heat and how many BTUs are you looking for? What type of coal is availabe in your location? You don't want a stove that burns rice if there is only nut coal easily available. Lisa

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 8:02 pm

Ken,
Stay away from any stove not built in PA or IN. Which means, if you are buying something still in production, buy a Harman, Keystoker, Alaska or Hitzer if you are going handfired or gravity fed hopper using chestnut coal. There are also some older well built units such as Gibraltar, Baker & Russo come to mind which are still in service and very well built.

If you are going stoker, you should also add Leisure Line to this list which are also built in PA.

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 8:40 pm

Check craigslist often- you might see some good deals in your area!

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Post Fri. Aug. 21, 2009 3:47 pm

abaton6 wrote:OK brand newbie here. I'm looking to put a small coal stove in my home here in Vermont. I'll be looking for a used one. Any opinions on which brands(s) to look at, or stay away from? I saw an "All nighter" for $500 that looked good, but I'd like some informed opinions before I take the plunge.

Thanx,
Ken
Here is a list of USA Made Stoves all are well built.

http://www.bakerstoves.com/about.htm

http://www.hitzer.com/products.html
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http://www.buckstove.com/wood/model24coal.html

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Post Fri. Aug. 21, 2009 4:18 pm

abaton6 wrote:OK brand newbie here. I'm looking to put a small coal stove in my home here in Vermont...........
I just got back from spending the weekend up there. Forgot how nice it is! NO traffic & hardly any people -- my kind of livin'! ;)

I've owned 2 Harman hand fired stoves so far. Started off with a Mark I, which spend 3 years in a very wet basement without any issues. I now have a Mark III, which really tosses the heat out! My house is a poorly insulated 150 year old 1600 sq.ft.(approximate + or -) cape.

Harmans are built like tanks (1/4" thick steel) & can handle a reasonable amount of abuse. I've forgot & left my ash door wide open more times than I can remember, :roll: & have had pipe temps up to 900* without any warped grates or sides of the stove. They will definitely last many decades -- even in a swampy basement like mine.

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Post Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 10:45 pm

I second all of the above suggestions. It boiled down to Harman or Hitzer for me. I chose the Hitzer for the gravity feed hopper. I am glad I did. :)

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I'm happy, very happy with mine .... Look over here - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - >

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Post Sun. Aug. 30, 2009 10:18 am

abaton6 wrote:OK brand newbie here. I'm looking to put a small coal stove in my home here in Vermont. I'll be looking for a used one. Any opinions on which brands(s) to look at, or stay away from? I saw an "All nighter" for $500 that looked good, but I'd like some informed opinions before I take the plunge.

Thanx,
Ken
Ken,

I have an older Vermont Castings coal stove I'm going to sell. It's in pristine condition. It's all set up to burn coal but you can burn wood also. Its from the late 1970's, I have all the original paperwork with it. It's an enameled version, comes with the side shelf, mitten dryers. Pretty complete. If you have any interest, let me know, I can take photos and send them to you as you may prefer. I'm putting in it's place an old Glenwood Base Heater that I've owned for about 40 years and just finished restoring. I don't need two stoves.

dj

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Post Sun. Aug. 30, 2009 12:01 pm

dlj wrote:
abaton6 wrote:OK brand newbie here. I'm looking to put a small coal stove in my home here in Vermont. I'll be looking for a used one. Any opinions on which brands(s) to look at, or stay away from? I saw an "All nighter" for $500 that looked good, but I'd like some informed opinions before I take the plunge.

Thanx,
Ken
Ken,

I have an older Vermont Castings coal stove I'm going to sell. It's in pristine condition. It's all set up to burn coal but you can burn wood also. Its from the late 1970's, I have all the original paperwork with it. It's an enameled version, comes with the side shelf, mitten dryers. Pretty complete. If you have any interest, let me know, I can take photos and send them to you as you may prefer. I'm putting in it's place an old Glenwood Base Heater that I've owned for about 40 years and just finished restoring. I don't need two stoves.
dj
So you have finally got the Glenwood finished. Remember our discussion about it a few months ago? Guess what, I just bought a Glenwood Base heater no 6 because I hopefully will be buying a 2 story log cabin up in the Poconos and moving there. I haven't received it yet because it is being restored and the nickel redone. It is going in the finished basement to heat the whole house and the Stanley Argand is going in the living room. I am very excited about it. I will post pictures of it when I get all put in. Also I'm glad you got yours back. I want to hear all about it and see some pictures of yours.
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Post Sun. Aug. 30, 2009 1:18 pm

I haven't picked it up yet. I just talked with the guy doing the work. He said it completely finished, he's just waiting to get the trim back from plating. He thought it should be there the end of this week. Then I have to figure out how to pick it up. It's out in Rhode Island and I'm in New York. I had a stroke of luck getting it out there to get fixed up. I brought my car into the dealship for service and they gave me a van as a loaner. Then they had to get some parts needed to fix my car and I ended up with the loaner over a weekend. So I drove the stove out to Rhode Island with it. Now, I have to figure out how to get out there to pick it up as soon as the plated trim is back. As soon as I actually pick it up, I'll post pictures.

Now I'm having some reservations about getting rid of my little Vermont, but my wife will kill me if I don't sell it... So marital concord is much more important than installing it in my workshop...

dj
wsherrick wrote:
dlj wrote: Ken,

I have an older Vermont Castings coal stove I'm going to sell. It's in pristine condition. It's all set up to burn coal but you can burn wood also. Its from the late 1970's, I have all the original paperwork with it. It's an enameled version, comes with the side shelf, mitten dryers. Pretty complete. If you have any interest, let me know, I can take photos and send them to you as you may prefer. I'm putting in it's place an old Glenwood Base Heater that I've owned for about 40 years and just finished restoring. I don't need two stoves.
dj
So you have finally got the Glenwood finished. Remember our discussion about it a few months ago? Guess what, I just bought a Glenwood Base heater no 6 because I hopefully will be buying a 2 story log cabin up in the Poconos and moving there. I haven't received it yet because it is being restored and the nickel redone. It is going in the finished basement to heat the whole house and the Stanley Argand is going in the living room. I am very excited about it. I will post pictures of it when I get all put in. Also I'm glad you got yours back. I want to hear all about it and see some pictures of yours.
Here is a picture.

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Post Mon. Aug. 31, 2009 9:30 pm

I have to agree with VigII peaburner... look here as well :D ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>
My Vig II is in my living room on 1st floor in an 1800 square foot 4 bedroom colonial. My house is a toasty 75 f :D . Granted.... I live in coastal NJ. Winter temps are usually highs in the upper 30s and lows in the 20s (average) I NEVER turn on my electric heat. I use nut coal. I get a better draft then with pea on my setup. I love coal.... It really has become a hobby for me.

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