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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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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503
Location: Mass.

Post Wed. Jul. 02, 2008 11:58 am

Hi follks, been reading this forum for about a week and think this is a great place with a wealth of info! Just ordered a Hitzer 503 and feels like I have taken a step toward energy independence. Now the foreign oil interests won't be dictating to me not nearly as much. I have previous anthracite experience, in my first house we had a Surdiac gothic type, can't recall the model. In fact, it's in the cellar at room for it in this house. I should probably put that for sale someplace soon, maybe there's still a demand for it. Anybody know? So I'm looking forward to learning from you fine folks and hopefully have information to contribute as well. I'm in central Mass. Have a nice 4th everybody!


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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Wed. Jul. 02, 2008 12:44 pm

Welcome to the Forum! Lot's of good people here.
I'm a newbie to coal this year. It's going to be an adventure.
Orrington, Maine

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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Wed. Jul. 02, 2008 1:10 pm

If your old Surdiac is still functional and in decent shape, it will sell easily.

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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 Sun. Jul. 06, 2008 10:59 pm

Glad to see another Hitzer owner joining these forums. I have been very pleased with my 30-95 puchased this past February. :discuss:
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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Stove/Furnace Model: Harman Mark II
Location: Amston, Conn

Post Sun. Jul. 13, 2008 8:56 pm

I just sold my Surdiac through Craigslist for didn't take long
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Post Mon. Jul. 14, 2008 11:51 am

Thanks, klinker Im going to try that route as well.

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Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove
Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Mon. Jul. 14, 2008 12:56 pm

Top of the line current production stoves are getting top dollar and are hard to find, they are sold in a few hours.
$200-300 on craigslist and it will be sold and they will gladly remove it from a basement.
If it burns anything other than oil it has value. I saw a Godin Petit for $3000 and a rust-bucket potbelly for $800.
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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