Identifying a Harman Stove

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 Thu. Apr. 03, 2008 9:03 pm

Nice! Be sure to post photos as the work progresses. That baby will put out some serious heat.
So how long have you been collecting batteries? :D
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
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Ed.A
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Canterbury Ct.

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 9:01 am

Wood'nCoal wrote: So how long have you been collecting batteries? :D
:D Good catch, I just noticed that!

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coal-cooker
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Stove/Furnace Make: Crane/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Cooker/Mark II
Location: Coopers Mills, ME

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 5:05 pm

I have the house set up on a battery backup system, with 2 Trace 3600 W inverters running in series and a bank of deep cycle electric vehicle batteries. I get 3600 W at 220 V or 7200 W at 115. This will run the entire house except for DW, W & D and electric oven. Cuurently I use the grid to charge the batteries and only use them for power outages.eventually we plan to add solar panels and wind generator to supply our power. The old batteries I have been collecting are for core charge trade in when I add new batteries. They don't care what type of battery you trade in as long as you have one. It saves me $10 per battery core charge. Several friends have donated to the cause. When I started, I had 16 to trade in on new batteries. Hopefully, when it is time to upgrade, I will have enough to double my battery bank.
Justin S.

Burning anthracite nut & pea coal in an old Crane Coal-Cooker since 1985.

There is nothing like a bin full of coal to give you that warm fuzzy feeling. OH, I forgot to mention the fridge full of beer.

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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 Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 6:35 pm

I figured they were for the cores. I used to collect batteries for the cores as well.
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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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. Apr. 04, 2008 7:29 pm

Are battery cores really worth $10 now?? If so, I've got enough for a ton of good coal!!

Greg.
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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coal-cooker
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Stove/Furnace Make: Crane/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Cooker/Mark II
Location: Coopers Mills, ME

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 8:04 pm

They are here. If you buy a new battery and don't have a core, they charge you $10 extra. Adds up fast when you buy 32 batteries.
Justin S.

Burning anthracite nut & pea coal in an old Crane Coal-Cooker since 1985.

There is nothing like a bin full of coal to give you that warm fuzzy feeling. OH, I forgot to mention the fridge full of beer.

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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer
Location: western Pa

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 8:55 pm

I just bought a battery today and the core charge was $9.00
Take Care and God Bless
Rick

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coal berner
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 10:22 pm

10.00 Bucks here to I have a few laying around as well for the same reason it saves time just Pick a old one go get the New one take the bad one out put the new one in dunn take the bad put it next to the rest for next time
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Location: Michigan

Post Fri. Apr. 04, 2008 10:26 pm

I wonder what a battery is worth as scrap.... I may call the local scrap dealers.. I know steel and aluminum have gone way up.

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Crane/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Cooker/Mark II
Location: Coopers Mills, ME

Post Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 3:50 pm

Any suggestions on what to use to clean old brass on a stove? The brass on this stove is pretty blackened from age and use.
Justin S.

Burning anthracite nut & pea coal in an old Crane Coal-Cooker since 1985.

There is nothing like a bin full of coal to give you that warm fuzzy feeling. OH, I forgot to mention the fridge full of beer.

Visit Hitzer Stoves

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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 Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 4:01 pm

I have used toilet bowl cleaner to clean brass that is black with soot and corrosion. Use 0000 steel wool and rubber gloves.. keep the brass wet.

It also works to soak the brass items in a rubbermaid wash tub in the TB cleaner.

I've used Lysol TB cleaner,, The Works.. and a few others.. Turns the brass a clean but slightly reddish-coppery color.. the final brass color can be brought out with Semi-chrome polish or Never-Dull.

Greg L

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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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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. Apr. 05, 2008 7:41 pm

coal-cooker wrote:Well it's home. I had to remove everything that was removable to lighten it up. Three of us removed it from a basement where it had been sitting for the last ten or twelve years. I rented a large appliance dolly from UHAUL (best $10 I ever spent) and it rolled real easy. No issues, no hernias. Now to start cleaning it up for next winter. Needs new bricks, gaskets and new panes in the door, but other than that it is solid.
Congrats :!:
Real nice looking stove. If I had found something that good used, in my area, I would have bought it.
Should work out real well for you. Keep us posted whenever you get to fire it up. :up:
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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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 Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 9:14 pm

coal-cooker wrote:Any suggestions on what to use to clean old brass on a stove? The brass on this stove is pretty blackened from age and use.
Try Noxon.
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Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
100% Oil Free!
"It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts."

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
Stove/Furnace Make: Electric Furnace Man
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Sat. Apr. 05, 2008 11:04 pm

coal-cooker wrote:Any suggestions on what to use to clean old brass on a stove? The brass on this stove is pretty blackened from age and use.
Try Flitz works on anything
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

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