Need Advice on a New Stove -- Hitzer? Harmon? Alaska?

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

Post Sat. Dec. 22, 2012 3:13 pm

Hell, I don't mind gettin beat up, keeps ya on your toes George ;) --originally Hitzer would recommend running NO damper due to the stoves design & then the other designer A-holes got involved & walla, they recommended the MPD--then more criticism from who the hell knows who, but just to shut everyone up, it was easier to go with the BRAINIACS & not say much of anything as far as a damper goes--I can't swear to it but I think their recent owners manual, does mention a baro. Like I said before, I run nothing but an MPD & happily & safely so.
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower

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oliver power
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Joined: Sun. Apr. 16, 2006 9:28 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Tue. Dec. 25, 2012 4:55 pm

me neither!!!
fastcat wrote:
Bootstrap wrote:Why does he recommend a mpd only? I'm running a baro now but I will remove it and put a mpd in if I had a reason.
I'm not touching that with a 10' pole, I don't want to get beat up. :P

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Joined: Sat. Nov. 26, 2011 8:52 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine DS-1500WH
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak bulk nut
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA

Post Thu. Jan. 10, 2013 10:30 pm

Guys, after a lot of consideration of your great advice, suggestions, and experiences, I settled on a DS Machine 1500WH. It was delivered and installled today!!! :junmp:

Here's a pic of my new baby after the install:


Probably won't fire it till next weekend--taking an extra day off, so I'll be around three days to get to know'er.

You can see from the pic what I was saying about the low thimble. The collector hood in the pic is tied into the return side of my heat pump air handler. 10 of the 12 warm air circulater tubes on the top of the stove are directly under the hood--should work out pretty well. Can't see it well in the pic but there's a MPD up near the thimble.

Can't say enough about the folks at Blain Supply and their installer, Pequea Renovations. They were in and out of here in less than 90 minutes. Did a chimney inspection too, and found no issues. They were very careful about getting the stove through our finished TV room and into the unfinished area of the basement.

Thanks again to all of you who weighed in on the discussion!!! I'm sure I'll be around asking plenty of questions when I get it started.

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Joined: Sun. Feb. 28, 2010 5:47 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: New Buck Corp. / MODEL 24 COAL
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Nut / Anthracite
Location: NEPA/Pittston Twp. PA

Post Fri. Jan. 11, 2013 12:01 am

MarkV,,,,, Nice stove and install. She looks really good there waiting to be fired up. Good luck with the new stove.

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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Post Sun. Feb. 03, 2013 3:14 pm

CapeCoaler wrote:Hopper...
Hitzer or DS Machine...
Hitzer 503 happy with device ... fireplace insert

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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Sun. Feb. 03, 2013 8:44 pm

just stick with MPD...
Had a baro but pulled it out with th DS...
Needed it with the harman...
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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Verified Business Rep.
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Joined: Sun. Apr. 22, 2012 9:28 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404
Location: Duxbury, MA./Hanson MA./Brockton, MA

Post Mon. Feb. 04, 2013 3:57 am

fastcat wrote:
Bootstrap wrote:Why does he recommend a mpd only? I'm running a baro now but I will remove it and put a mpd in if I had a reason.
I'm not touching that with a 10' pole, I don't want to get beat up. :P
ditto" LOL

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: handfed coal stove
Coal Size/Type: nut/ pea ant.some bit.
Stove/Furnace Model: ds circulator/1500 sl/wh.
Location: NW ohio

Post Sat. Mar. 16, 2013 4:49 pm

the hitzer in my experience in the past was a very well ,rounded stove soft coal a very little hard coal and a heell of a lot of various types of wood and just now wondering myself if there is a more versatile stove ,,and really loved the bimetal draft on it made it very cre free here in nw. oh. and the folks in kidron oh. where I bought it from were very helpful on all aspects of the stove ,and they do also carry blashak by the bag or skid at that time and when I get my new one I am leaning for the hopper fed coal stove but still doing all my research I can to make my dollar work for me if you know what I mean good luck and any other info out there on these stoves would be great ,good site !!!!!!!

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