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Blast from the past: Estate Heatrola

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by privatejoker75, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. privatejoker75

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    We just moved to this house last year. I'm a former city slicker that always just flipped the heat on and off for heat. So when we moved here I had no idea what was going on.

    This looks cool I guess, but mother of god it's a pain in the butt. I'm reading these forums now about people getting 20 hour long burns. I'm lucky if i get 1 hour with fir on this thing. Looking to get a new one this summer, since this is probably considered dangerous by today's standards. Anyway, here she is...

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    It burns coal too, but the only time I tried it, the CO2 detector went off so never again.

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  2. Jags

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    Ahhh....yes. There were several MFG's of units like that back in the day. Pretty rare that you will still see one in use. Your idea of replacement -- is a good idea.;)
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    My wife's parents bought it in the 70s. I think they got it because they were running a lumber mill here and i guess assumed they'd rather sell their wood and burn coal...that's my guess anyway
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    Many of those units simply performed much better with coal than they ever did with wood. One of the major design differences in coal units is that the air is brought in from underneath the fire. When you do this with wood it will simply burn up in a flash. I am unfamiliar with any unit that makes both a good coal stove and a good wood stove. Most that were designed to burn both never did either one well.:p
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    That makes a lot of sense, thanks
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    Dat's what we're here for.:cool:
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    Well now I'm excited to get something new and not spend hours a day tending this thing :eek:
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    Get on over to the hearth room. Supply the folks with info.
    Size of house (area to be heated)
    Pipe or flue setup
    placement.
    etc.
    Peeps will be more than happy to flood you with good ideas.;)

    Oh - and if don't already have a bunch of wood that is cut/split/stacked expect about half the posts to direct you to do so. (and it IS a good thing);lol
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    Already on that...I have it narrowed down

    And yeah, winter broke early here this year so i've been cutting/stacking for the last few weeks. I won't rest until I have a few years supply on hand :)
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    I want one of them. ;em
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    You gonna burn coal?
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    It looks nice, it's just not very fun to use to provide warmth for your house lol
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    If you have never used coal in it, don't underestimate its heating capabilities. Growing up, we had an old timer in town that was also our blacksmith. He got coal for his forge and also used it in a setup somewhat like yours (I was too young to care what brand it was). I remember that thing pouring out heat.
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    We tried coal a few times. It did get HOT...almost too hot but i'm guessing it was windy or the seals need replacing because the CO2 detector went off every time we tried.
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    Ya, there appears to be some blowback thru the front vents.
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    Flower planter, it is neat though.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Hard to tell from the picture whether it is being run improperly or if it has defects. Inspect the interior closely with a bright light for cracks or gaps between castings. Is there mica (isenglass) windows on the inside door? Are they in good condition or damaged?
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    We're just going to replace it with something much more modern and store this in the shed
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    Good plan.
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    I had no idea what I was missing out on before signing up to this forum a few days ago :eek:
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    Wait till you get enough posts that you are entitled to the free lunch buffet.
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    Hrmph, I'm still waiting...
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    If that stove has a donut heat exchanger at the top, there's not many coal stoves built as efficent today.
    It's not as efficent as a coal baseburner.
    But for wood there is better choices

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