Coal Inserts

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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Smart_Ash
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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 6:16 pm

I've been looking for a coal insert and I can only find two. Hitzer makes one and DS Machine. I like the DS for the thermostatic air inlet. Are these the only two out there? Anyone have any experience with the new DS insert?

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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 7:34 pm

If I had a fireplace, I would get a coal insert. Maybe even one of the antiques, that our members William, Paulie, Nortcan, and others own. I like the idea. If you punch in coal inserts, into the search bubble above, it will lead you to lots of discussions about them. Happy hunting, good luck, and please post your findings. :)
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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 7:53 pm

There are others, just not in current production.

Harmon Magnafire

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Looking at current production, you may be right that your choice is limited.



This the DS ?

I have the Hitzer 503 ... know nothing about the DS tho.

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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 8:23 pm

I thought Keystoker made a coal fueled insert also.
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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 8:26 pm

Yes that's the DS. I really like the hopper and thermostatic air inlet. I think the DS looks a tad better than the Hitzer too.

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Post Mon. May. 01, 2017 11:03 pm

Smart_Ash wrote:Yes that's the DS. I really like the hopper and thermostatic air inlet. I think the DS looks a tad better than the Hitzer too.
Hitzer 503 also has a hopper, its removable too ... the thermostatic air inlet? Sounds like an un-needed thing.

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 6:20 am

I'm not familiar with either as far as hands on, but I'll swear by the bi-metallic thermo on my 50-93--is that what you're referring to S?? For the record--not a big insert fan here!!
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 9:52 am

I've owned a Hitzer 503 for 7 years and love it. I've looked at the videos of the DS machine and like the idea of the thermostat control. A couple of things to consider. On the DS machine the blower fan is located in the rear of the unit. This means that to clean the blower at the end of the season or to replace the blower when it fails (and it will) you will have to haul that bad boy out of the fireplace. Also from watching the video the hopper lid and loading system seems unduly complicated with a funky latch and a special coal hod required. This unit still seems to be in the development stage.
The Hitzer is a very solid design that is easy to operate and maintain. In my opinion that out weighs the advantage of the thermostat.
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 10:29 am

Alaska also makes coal fireplace inserts. The Kast II and Kast III are their current models.

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 7:59 pm

My Hitzer 983 didn't have a hopper so I can't comment on a hopper but I never felt I needed one on It, From looking at all the others I was drawn to the Hitzer as Its very simple and built like a brick *censored* house. I often thought about adding a thermostat to mine as with a heavy drafting chimney I had a hard time keeping consistent temps so for me that would be a plus but I would go with a Hitzer again without a doubt. I would really think about the DS as like someone said about the blower, they have been known to go bad and when It does you will need to shut it down and pull the stove to replace it, Inserts do not heat worth a *censored* without a blower so thats something you need to keep in mind.
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 8:17 pm

Keepaeyeonit wrote:My Hitzer 983 didn't have a hopper so I can't comment on a hopper but I never felt I needed one on It, From looking at all the others I was drawn to the Hitzer as Its very simple and built like a brick *censored* house. I often thought about adding a thermostat to mine as with a heavy drafting chimney I had a hard time keeping consistent temps so for me that would be a plus but I would go with a Hitzer again without a doubt. I would really think about the DS as like someone said about the blower, they have been known to go bad and when It does you will need to shut it down and pull the stove to replace it, Inserts do not heat worth a *censored* without a blower so thats something you need to keep in mind.
I'll be running my 503 w/o a hopper next season.....and the DS needing to be pulled out to change a blower (Hitzer 503 is easy...its on the side in front) is something for the OP to consider.

I've changed 3 blowers on my Hitzer (one orig. lasted 5 yrs[other still going]...and 2 cheepos [twenty dollar ones] lasted about 1-2 yrs each). I can change them in my sleep now.

And yes, inserts don't provide a lot of heating w/o the blowers. I always keep at least one pair of cheepos in reserve.

I guess one could always have the wifey running a bellow to get the heat out !

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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 8:32 pm

Oh yeah--that would work real well I'm sure!! :lol:
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Post Tue. May. 02, 2017 8:54 pm

davidmcbeth3 wrote:
.......................... I guess one could always have the wifey running a bellow to get the heat out !
Sounds like sure way to get smothered in your sleep. :D

Paul
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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