Harman DVC-500 Direct Vent coal Stoker

djm253525August 16, 2005

Does anyone have experience with this the Harman DVC_500? I've been researching the coal stoves and my wife and I are going towards this stove. We got a price of $3,198 for the stove, $100 or so for piping, $150 for delivery. Any experience with the cost for this stove. I live on Long Island and we're looking for the best deal!! Please help me if you can. Thanks Dan

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Here's a little information sent to me about the stove.
You will have no problems with the stove. It is a good unit and really puts out the heat! The only thing I dont like is that you have to empty the ash from it about every third day. I'm told that with wood pellets you can go forever before you have to empty. I start my stove in mid November and it burns until mid March. There is no dust with the coal as it is washed prior to being packaged in 40# bags and is usually still damp when you load it. Occasionally if a bag is damaged and has a small hole in it some "black water" might drip out onto the floor while loading but it does not stain if you wipe it up early. The "brand" coal I burn is Blaschalk from PA.
Hope it helps.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 11:36AM
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"I'm told that with wood pellets you can go forever before you have to empty."

GEE-Who told you that?? That is absolutely not true. Top-feed pellet stoves are notorious for having to clean out not just the ash pan but also the burn pot and heat exhange tubes almost DAILY! Of course, Harmans are bottom-feed and are different.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 1:10PM
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Thats what she heard. I was told one ash pan is equal to a ton of pellets, where as one hopper of coal is equal to a full ash pan in the coal stove. That's interesting info about the Harman vs top feeders. Thanks. I'll try to send pictures of my stove next week mounted and piped in, I've seen others send pictures so I'll try.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 8:29AM
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On average, I would say that one ash pan is equal to about 2-3 days of wood pellets. Some models more, some less. And I have used & sold many different brands/models of pellet stoves. I would stop listening to whoever told you that bit of bunk. I hope it wasn't someone who works at a stove shop. Perhaps they meant to say one pan = one bag.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 7:54PM
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I was told pellet produces about 1-2% ash. In comparison coalwill produce about 12%

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 12:51AM
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"In comparison coalwill produce about 12%"

that will depend a lot on the coal. the coal i burn has about 10% and that is considered high, good anthricite will generally be less than 10% it can be as low as 2% ash.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 8:41AM
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Really! That's good to hear. I will be burning rice anthricite coal. I look forward to finding out this winter.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 2:29PM
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The good news is I loaded two bags of rice coal in the stove and there was no dust at all. That was my big worry. The stove gave off huge heat, and took a good hour to shut down , then even more time to be cool enough for the fan to shut down. One thing I did not like and my wife hated that no one brought up. It smelled real bad, the burn off of the paint almost made her throw up, I had to open windows to get the smell down. I would fire one of these up if it was new to burn off the smell while it's cool enough to open windows.I'm reading a Harman P61 flyer right now and it states " CONVENIENCE" Normally ashes need only be removed every one to two months". Here we go! ACCENTRA " The accentra can burn up to a ton of pellets without the need for ash removal or cleaning. Gotta love a Harman.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 10:56AM
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EVERY new or newly painted stove needs to have the paint "cured". I'm pretty sure all the manuals state to have a small fire for the first few hours. They all stink for the first day or two. I would always recommend to my customers to fire it up for the firs time on a warm day with all the windows and doors open. Yet another reason not to wait to buy a stove until the weather turns cold.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 11:26AM
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Thanks, of course no one told me that, and I don't remember reading it anywhere. Nice to hear it will go away, think I'll fire it up again.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2005 at 9:48AM
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It's one of those little things that you get from an experienced, concerned & involved stove dealer. This time of year, they might be getting too busy to be thinking about these small, important things that could make the difference between a satisfied, informed customer and a dissatisfied one that feels abandoned.

Of course, no "big box" store would even know to tell anyone this. The salesperson is selling stoves one minute and carpet the next.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2005 at 11:22AM
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Ran it again last night, smell went away. Thanks for all your help. Love this Super machine. I keep getting advise from people about the draft, the draft. There is no draft, Direct Vent, blows peoples minds. The tile guy was telling his friends, "I'm telling ya, the pipe comes out from the bottom!! ". Gotta love high tec stuff.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2005 at 9:54AM
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Do you have the battery back-up? We are just wondering what happens if the power goes off? Doesn't the direct vent depend on the electric fan? We currently have a Harman Mark II, and I keep thinking how nice a stoker would be.....Very happy with heat ours puts out, but it is a bit messy.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 9:53PM
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I don't have a battery back up. I have a house generator, and any small generator out the window would be fine. If the power goes off as it did the other day, the fans will shut down and the coal will burn slow then out. You do have some time to start a small generator to fire it back up before it burns out completely. I would pick up a 2,000ish + watt generator for emergency's anyway, this way you can fire up the generator and run some lights and your refirigerator if needed some cold winter day. You just run a extenstion cord back in the house to power a few things.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 10:38AM
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Just make sure you choose a generator with a constant 60 hertz or you may have issuse with your circuit board later down the road.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 7:19PM
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Has anybody had problems with their Harman Coal Stoker when feeding it somewhat wet rice coal? I did. It stopped feeding the coal. I cleaned it out and replaced it with nice dry coal. I cleaned the tray, everything, and it still would not feed the coal. I had to shut it down and now I am waiting for a service person. Please help.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 9:44PM
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me how many tons of coal they burn in there dcv-500. I have a home that is just over 2000sf.I live in west michigan and winters seem to go on forever. joejeep

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 8:03AM
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With the settings on its lowest i go through about a bag or so a day. My home is just over 2000sf too. hope this helps. btw i live in west michigan also and just found out today that coal went up to $6.00 a bag.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 6:12PM
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I would not ever buy a pellet stove, my sister has two of them and every other day has to clean the auger and ash pan and it is a mess, to heat her place she go through 15-20 ton a year and is a single woman. I tried to talk her into a dvd 500 but the people at the stove place talked her into a pellet stove and now she realized it was a big mistake. Just imagine pellets cost her 210.00 a ton but rice coal only cost me 140.00 a ton ......do the math. I have a dvc 500 and heat 3000 square feet with only 5-6 ton a year.if my stove died today is buy the same one again tomorrow

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 10:31AM
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