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Just what IS an "Oak" stove?

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by FanMan, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. FanMan

    FanMan Feeling the Heat

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    Like the title says, just what IS an "Oak" stove? I've seen pictures of many, "Round Oak", "Modern Oak", "Glenwood Oak", "Royal Oak", etc. Is it a particular style or construction? They all seem to be cylinder stoves.

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  2. coaly

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  3. FanMan

    FanMan Feeling the Heat

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    Understood, it's the widespread use of the "Oak" name that made me wonder if it refers to a particular style of stove... lots of stoves with "Oak" in the name but no "Hickory" or "Maple"...
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    JMHO but hickory and maple don't roll off the tongue as easy as oak, nor do I think it sounds as majestic/regal. If I were marketing a stove back in that era I would also have chosen "oak" over those other names. good luck
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    I always assumed it was someone coping someone else's good selling design. I have a Round Oak stove. Very good stove.
    here is some history on them... Beckwith designed the orginal Round Oak design. Some of the parts looked like they had oak bark on them also..for decoration

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo_D._Beckwith
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    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Oak, "the King's wood". My assumption is that oak in the name equals top of product line.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    I'm running a Webster Oak. It's from the Webster Stove Company, out of St. Louis, circa 1983. The more I use it, the more I like it. There is very little info out there about it.

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    geoxman Feeling the Heat

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    Did you mean circa 1893? I see those pop up on CL from time to time
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    No, 1983. It's actually pretty high tech. It uses the same Cat as the Dutchwest stoves, and has a large secondary air tube that travels through the firebox before it's injected just under the cat. The company made high end, old looking stoves. They were short lived because of price i believe.
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    That's pretty cool !
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's a Old Hickory; check out the O's on the front door in the name;
    Atlanta Stove Works
    Old Hickory.jpg
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    Thanks. I got it for free, minus the paint and the new cat. It was replaced with a Blaze King Princess because the bypass wasn't working properly and the flue was clogged.
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    I recently bought a house that has a Webster Oak installed in the family room. It is a beautiful stove, but does not operate as well as I think it should. There does not seem to be a way to damp the fire down, so it burns fast and then goes out. It holds a fire for maybe 4 hours with a good load of wood, but does not smolder and leaves unburned wood and coals. There is no damper on the stove or stovepipe, and it leaks smoke from under the top when I start it, because there is a sizable gap between the bottom barrel-shaped portion of the stove body and the top portion which houses the connection for the stovepipe. I'm not sure if there should be a gasket there, or if the gap is intentional, but after reading your posts I am getting a strong feeling that there are parts missing.

    When I look into my stove and up at the roof of it, I do not see an enclosed box for a cat. I see the roof of the stove, with ridges similar to those on the outside. (I'm hoping that since you have a Webster you will know what I mean by this.) I am wondering if the catalytic converter was removed.

    Do you think my stove needs a cat? Where would I get one, and how would I install it?

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