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Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Skeeter, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Skeeter

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    Hello everyone! I am new to this site and wood burning stoves. I recently acquired a stove that my grandmother gave to me. I was told it is reall old. But I was also told it could possibly be a replica. Either way it's a really cool antique looking stove. It has a tag on the front that says, "fireside baker stove wks bellville ill." There are multiple locations that say "won 20" and on the front left it says "no" and on the right it says "20" of anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome, skeeter. A picture or two would certainly help a bunch. I'm also going to move your thread to the Classic stove forum, where it sounds like it belongs. Rick
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    Apparently Belleville, IL was woodstove city for a while. Over time there were at least 50 foundries there. Unfortunately the Baker Stove Works didn't make to the 30s. It went down in flames.

    http://www.lib.niu.edu/1995/ihy951219.html
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    Wow I can't believe how fast I got some responses! Thank you all for commenting and thx fossil for moving it. I only have my phone right now and it's not letting me send pics to the thread. Unfortunately no it does not look like that jag. Begreen thx for the link I'm going to have to read that for sure when I'm done wih work. I never knew that about bellville ill or how important these types of stoves were to life in the early 1900s. If someone wants to give me their email I will send any pic you want. Thx again everyone this is really cool
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    A little help:
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    Lots of help.
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    I was doing the same....:confused:

    Full sized images here.
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    The stove looks to be in nice condition. I suspect that there was an isinglass (mica) window.
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    I'm not sure what kind of window you mean but if tour talking about the inserts for the front door I have them still. Any other pics I can take? Ill try to find the inserts
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    Well - seeing as though it looks like it was burned out of the market in the 30's I doubt that a manual is going to be readily available.:p

    To the OP - one thing for sure is that you will need to heed the 3ft clearance to combustibles. Other note worthy points are that some states won't allow this stove to be installed and some INS. Co. won't insure the install of a pre-epa stove. Might want to check the regs in your area.
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    Take a pic of the top of the stove. I am wondering what kind of pipe adapter might be needed.
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    Yes, are they sheet mica?

    If you take more pictures, hold the phone/ipad horizontally. Then the pictures won't need rotating.
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    I'm pretty sure I was told they are mica that sounds very familiar
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    Sorry about that lol. Now I know which way to turn it. Showed up normal on my phone
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    Every casting that I can find says "fire side no 20" "won 20" or won. C. 20". I was tools that the stack is somewhere but my mother is not sure where
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    Not a stove...it's an old cast iron toilet. ;lol
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    No wonder why tere was so much chit in it lol Jk. Is there anyone that knows a place I can call to get it verified as a piece of history and not a replica?
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    Looks to be a Baker Wood Stove Works, Fireside Number 20 by the markings. By the size I would say it's a small parlor stove. Definitely pre-EPA. ;)
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    Thx for al the help. If anyone knows a person to verify it please let me know. You said per EPA...when did rhy start? And do you think it's real and not a replica Bergeen?

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