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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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Fritzi
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnafire Elite
Location: Schuylkill County, PA

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 7:11 am

My wife and I recently visited our local stove shop. We've been talking about getting a coal insert for our existing fireplace for a while and decided it was finally time to take the plunge. The shop was selling their display model Harman Magnafire Elite for a great price. We had an inspector come out to make sure our existing fireplace and chimney (which we haven't used in years) was safe and appropriate for the insert. The inspector said everything was A-OK, and we're just waiting to schedule the installation. I've been doing a lot of reading on these forums and have picked up some great advice. Figured it was time to sign up and officially join the ranks as I'm now a confirmed coal-burner-to-be. :-) Thanks for all the good info!!
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Lightning
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 7:33 am

Awesome Fritzi, welcome to the forum :D You will love it here!! This is my second year with coal, and I would have had a hard time without this website. Coal is awesome, and after you learn to burn you will also wonder why everyone isn't heating with it :D Where are you located?

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 7:53 am

Welcome Fritzi. Keep us posted on install. Everybody loves pix :)
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Fritzi
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 8:31 am

Lightning wrote:Awesome Fritzi, welcome to the forum :D You will love it here!! This is my second year with coal, and I would have had a hard time without this website. Coal is awesome, and after you learn to burn you will also wonder why everyone isn't heating with it :D Where are you located?
Hi Lightning

I live in Schuylkill County, about 4 miles from the Blaschak breaker. I know, I know.... What took me so long? ;-)
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 8:32 am

Oops... Double post. Sorry. :-)
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Location: Downeast , Maine

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 8:42 am

Excellent!

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Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 9:10 am

Fritzi wrote: Hi Lightning

I live in Schuylkill County, about 4 miles from the Blaschak breaker. I know, I know.... What took me so long? ;-)
Wow... you shouldn't have any trouble gettin the good stuff :lol:

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut
Location: scpa. bedford co. buffalo mills

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 9:19 am

welcome wow you can almost carry coal home in 5 gal. buckets remember ita easier to carry 2 than 1 haha don't be shy to ask questions these people love to help

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Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 12:14 pm

Wecome to the forum Fritzi. You will love ant burning, no comparison with wood burning.

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Fritzi
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 1:11 pm

Thanks folks! We also have a wood burning stove, a really beautiful soapstone stove by Hearthstone, which heats a large portion of our house. However, the living room, where we spend most of our time, is "off the circuit" of heat flow and we've always had to rely on supplemental sources for that room. While I have an unlimited supply of wood, and actually enjoy cutting and splitting it, I don't really have the time or energy to feed TWO hungry wood stoves. ;-) Looking forward to this winter and seeing the comparison.
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 1:37 pm

I'm betting after you get the coal stove figured out you will be replacing the wood stove. :-)

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Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 2:54 pm

I burned a wood fire in my Hitzer last night, nice high heat (600 degrees) but burns out way too fast. I'm not into getting up at 1am and feeding the stove more wood.
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 4:21 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:I burned a wood fire in my Hitzer last night, nice high heat (600 degrees) but burns out way too fast. I'm not into getting up at 1am and feeding the stove more wood.
1am reloads are annoing
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Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 6:59 pm

That's the great thing about my Hearthstone... Load it up before bed, the soapstone holds the heat all night and there's always a nice bed of coals in the morning to get it going again. :-) Really, to me, its the perfect wood stove. Darn pretty, to boot!! I understand the sentiment, but I don't see me giving it up any time soon. I truly love the smell of the wood smoke and split timber. Maybe some day when my back and shoulders finally give out on me, but I've got a few years of cutting and splitting left in me before I completely switch over. :-)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood No. 6.
Location: Maryland and Wanting Out !!

Post Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 7:37 pm

Welcome Fritzi, glad to have you on the forums.
Don't tell anyone but I still burn some wood myself for the same reasons as you mentioned. I think my favorite is when I come home after being out for awhile and I smell the smoke from the wood burning. One of the nice things about burning wood a little like I do is I don't have to worry about full time cutting, splitting, stacking, restacking when the damn stack falls over, storing until seasoned, moving to the porch, moving to the stove, and cleaning up the mess and bugs. I currently have 5 cords of black locust and mulberry seasoned with a little maple mixed in, so I should be good for what 10 years :D .

When you burn coal, forget everything about burning wood as it does not apply to burning coal.

I do like the Hearthstone stoves although I don't have one, they are good looking stoves for sure and I can only imagine how well the soapstone holds the heat.

Make sure as said to post plenty of pictures, we love those.
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