Coal Stove Comparison

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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Jeep
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Stove/Furnace Make: Con Dutchwest Box Heater
Location: Perrysburg, OH

Post Sat. Feb. 16, 2008 3:57 pm

As the heating season is comming to a close, I'm planning on retirement of my 22 year old Consolidated Dutchwest Box Heater with either a Hitzer 254(coal) or a Harman TLC 2000 coal stove. Could anyone give me some input experience as to the pros and/or cons of each? They both appear to be well made in the USA. I will be burning nothing but hard coal.

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grizzly2
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.
Location: Whippleville, NY

Post Sat. Feb. 16, 2008 7:30 pm

Take a look at the thread "What stove is best for me?' I got a lot of good advise and input that is relevant to your question. :)
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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WNY
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon
Location: Cuba, NY
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Post Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 8:14 am

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Devil505
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000
Location: SE Massachusetts

Post Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 8:29 am

Jeep wrote:As the heating season is comming to a close, I'm planning on retirement of my 22 year old Consolidated Dutchwest Box Heater with either a Hitzer 254(coal) or a Harman TLC 2000 coal stove. Could anyone give me some input experience as to the pros and/or cons of each? They both appear to be well made in the USA. I will be burning nothing but hard coal.
This is my 3rd season burning a Harman TLC 2000 & it is the best of the three coal stoves I have used in almost 30 years of coal heating. It is solidly made, has a huge ash pan, is easily controlable even at low temps, has a shaker mechanism that allows for easy dumping/cleanout , has a double wall construction that allows for closer installations, & is even good looking!
My only complaints would be:
1. Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)
2. Top loading the TLC-2000...I have found that trying to top load the stove sends coal everywhere except where I want it! (I may just have never learned that technique correctly but I find that loading it through the window door is much easier)
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Winston Churchill
Shaking & Poking The TLC2000 Video

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Dallas
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35
Location: NE-PA

Post Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 8:51 am

Devil5052 wrote: My only complaint would be about Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)
Devil, Based on my experiences with my front loader and the coal dust, referenced in my "Clean Up" post .. It's Time for Me to "Clean up My Act"! , isn't there quite a lot of coal dust flying around when loading a top loader?

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Devil505
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000
Location: SE Massachusetts

Post Sun. Feb. 17, 2008 12:35 pm

Dallas wrote:
Devil5052 wrote: My only complaint would be about Harman's policy of having to contact a local dealer with any problems, questions, etc. (Harman does not even provide an email address to contact them directly, I don't think)
Devil, Based on my experiences with my front loader and the coal dust, referenced in my "Clean Up" post .. It's Time for Me to "Clean up My Act"! , isn't there quite a lot of coal dust flying around when loading a top loader?
Could very well be but I've only tried it a few times due to lack of control anyway.
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Winston Churchill
Shaking & Poking The TLC2000 Video

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