Harman SF-250 Owners...

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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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Wed. Jan. 23, 2008 9:28 pm

Are the stairs open underneath? You could brace them up with 4 X 4's, just in case.
My cellar is only under half of the house, the stairs are where the entrance to the cellar was before the 2nd half was built (I guess). They are concrete, except for the top step, which is wood (who knows?), concrete pad on top, then the door into the dining room (gotta love these old places!).
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland
Location: Michigan

Post Fri. Jan. 25, 2008 11:31 am

A few stove-moving suggestions. First, [pretty obvious] remove all doors, firebricks, grates, handles and inspection covers... You can probably drop the weight by 150-200#. The empty steel box now has lots of 'holes' in it for grabbing hold of the box.

If your turn-around at the top of the stairs is real small, would it help to stand the stove on end?? you may be able to strap it to a good furniture/appliance dolly and move it 'on end' instead of with it's 'feet down'.

Another idea I've used is to make a good strong crate, that has lots of hand-holds. Bolt and screw it together and make it strong.. This was used on an object that just didn't have anything to hold onto.

Keep a strong strap on the stove, and a big strong guy at the end of the strap, and let him control the decent down the stairs... slow and steady will do it. If it gets away from you, lots of damage and possible injuries... don't want that.

I can't remember the design of the feet on the SF models, but member greg white raised his SF150 up about 12-16" and made it much easier to load and empty the ash pans.. Maybe you can remove the legs if needed then weld them back on ?

Anyway, good luck with the move and be carefull...

Greg L

Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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