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Alaska Kodiak Wood Stove Manual (c 1980's)

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Stephen in Beacon, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Stephen in Beacon

    Stephen in Beacon New Member

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    Hello everyone, Happy New Year. Great forum! I am completely new to wood stoves and had a question regarding a 1980's Kodiak Stove my wife and I recently purchased from a couple who switched to a pellet stove. The previous owners mentioned the stove was well maintained, as it was cleaned very well, fire bricks are in good shape, and a new paint job. We live in Beacon, NY (Hudson Valley) and our city building inspector needed to view the original manual in order to give us a permit to install in our small 980 sq. ft home. The previous owners didn't have the manual and when we contacted Alaska Stoves they no longer had old manuals due to, ironically, a fire several years back and they lost any documents dating back to this stove. I thought I would be able to use a very safe method of determining fire proofing and installation, but the city needed to see actual specs.

    Is there anyone on this forum who would happen to have the manual to the stove in the provided picture...my wife and I would greatly appreciate any information you might have regarding this brand and model.

    Thank you!

    Stephen
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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Welcome. You are going to have a real hard, if not impossible, time finding a manual for that stove. People come through here every once in a while looking for one and I don't recall them ever finding one. Possibly the UL listing plate is still on the back of the stove that would give the inspector the information he needs.
  3. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Could 36 inch clearance and other base requirements for a non-UL stove be used here? I believe these are stated in NFPA 211?

    pen
  4. Stephen in Beacon

    Stephen in Beacon New Member

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    Thank you, I'll look for the UL listing.
  5. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    pen is correct, simply use the non-UL listed criteria in NFPA 211 for unlisted stoves.

    Most stove fabricators had no manual. Fisher being the first and largest didn't even have one and customers asking for information finally got their wish when licensed fabricators (Thanks to; Factoryville, PA) had their own printed, were approved by Fisher International and later supplied with stoves. (Later models after 1980 had their own copywrited manuals written by Fisher Int.)
    If you watch Craigslist for older stoves, sometimes the seller will state it comes with a manual. I contact them and try to get them to scan it for me, or get a copy somehow. I've even had manuals mailed to me and sent them back after scanning myself. (That's how I obtained Fisher manuals uploaded in Hearth-Wiki) Haven't seen one for Kodiak yet, but you're in the right company of people looking for such a thing.
  6. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's hope that a manual exists;
    An auction from October 2011 stating a "manual in office".
    http://www.auctionflex.com/showlot.ap?co=1&weiid=7775375&lang=En

    If you look close, you'll notice this stove is using FISHER FEET !! (Kodiak being one of many patent infringers of Fisher)
    OK, I blew a fuse <> serves me right for not staying in the Fisher forum.

    Fisher Feet with Kodiak Stove 1.jpg :ZZZ this ain't right

    Fisher Feet with Kodiak Stove 2.jpg
  7. Len Kampf

    Len Kampf New Member

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    LaBonBon post indicated she has put the manual on this sight. I am looking for it with know success.

    Len
  8. briguy0419

    briguy0419 New Member

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    not sure if this is too late... but i do have a full original manual for this wood stove. The guy i bought my house from kept EVERYTHING, document wise.
  9. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the Forum;
    I don't see any listed in the Hearth Wiki section yet, so it would be appreciated if you can scan the manual and send as a pdf to be uploaded. I'm sure there are more looking for it.
    It would be found under "S" ; Stove here http://www.hearth.com/talk/wiki/special/pages

    If the file is too large for the site, you can email it to bearstoves@verizon.net so I can resize and get uploaded. Thanks !
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  10. Shwammy

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    Coaly, I hate to break it to you but when I was a kid my grandpa had a woodstove in his shop that he'd welded together of plate steel himself in the early 60's. The top was not stepped like a Fisher stove but flat instead. It was flat and a good bit bigger than the Fisher stoves. To give you an idea he used it as a work table in the summer months. It was huge, with the top being about a 4 foot square piece of 1/2 inch. It was also surrounded with a few layers of bricks on the sides to hold heat. Unfortunately when he died it got cut up for scrap along with the one he'd made for the house that had been moved out when they had central heat and air installed. It was a stepped down three piece top and used pipe caps for the draft knobs. If he was alive he'd be joking around about how he was still waiting on the check from that kid Bobby Fisher for having stolen his invention.

    Ok I'm just joshing you about Fisher stealing his stove idea. But he did have the one in the shop.
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  11. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Bob named the "Grandpa Bear" stove in your grandpa's honor.
  12. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually, Carol did.
  13. Len Kampf

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    I would be very interested in getting a copy of that manual. Can you scan it into your computer and email it to me, or mail it to me if I give my address.

    Let me know what your cost is to reproduce this manual.

    Len
  14. afrazer

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    I was wondering if you were able to get a copy of the manual as I would like one also if possible. I have an older Kodiak stove that has no tag or numbers anywhere on it and the insurance company is needing one. Not sure what to do.

    Thank you,
    Adam
  15. begreen

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    Please post the manual here or send it to me. I will post it in the wiki.
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    sorry about that, figured the post was so old that I wouldn't hear a reply! I've been crazy busy, I will get it scanned and up by end of this weekend guys!
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    Thanks. Seems like there is a lot of interest.
  18. briguy0419

    briguy0419 New Member

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    mine has been keeping my whole 2000sq foot house warm all winter up in NH during this crazy cold winter! Great stove
  19. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Decent! How much wood have you used?
  20. briguy0419

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    Well... only 3 cords so i've still used bunch of oil too :-\

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