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looking for info on older Fisher wood stoves

Post in 'Fisher Stove Information, Parts, History and More' started by darkarbl, Dec 14, 2008.

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  1. darkarbl

    darkarbl New Member

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    my wife recently bought at a yard sale a used Fisher wood stove,how do I tell what model it is & how old it is ..there is a # stamped on the rear of the stove #2050 is it a seriel # or model # or build date code etc.. any info would help

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  2. pen

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

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    Here is a link to a fisher stove manual on this site for the grandma bear fisher http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/wiki/File:fischermanual.pdf/

    This is the only manual that I have found although there may be more out there.

    The picture in my avatar is of my grandma bear fisher.

    I will scan right now the brochure that I have which came from the dealer in 1981 where my stove was purchased.

    Give me a few minutes so I can try and learn how to stitch the two pictures together as it is too big to scan in one shot.

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

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    If you need clearance specs and so forth once you figure out your stove let me know. I have a manual that came with my stove and covers all of these models from 1981. It might not be until Tuesday evening that I could get it scanned, as I have a lot going on this evening and tomorrow, but let me know if I can help.

    Here is the front of the advertisement. Is it possible to make this anymore 1981 America? Perhaps an Apple Pie somewhere on here that I am missing?

    Stereotypical things found in this ad.
    1. Dad with pipe.
    2. Dad with paper.
    3. Mom with knitting needle in hand
    4. Mom with a cup of coffee next to her
    5. Daughter on Phone
    6. Daughter with a 7up
    7. Warm fire (given)
    8. Antlers on the wall
    9. Bengi (spelling) likeness dog on the floor
    10. Am I missing any???

    It is the way we all wish life was :)

    Enjoy and let me know if I can help.

    pen

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    Here is the inside of the ad with the stove in it. Which do you have?

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  4. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Fishers are pretty straight forward and basically bullet proof. What do you want to know?
  5. pen

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

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    For most weapons I think they might actually be bullet proof!

    pen
  6. Dave_1

    Dave_1 New Member

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    Nice job pen,

    here is a little more that might help him.

    Do you have either label? (see page # 1)

    http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/resources/publications/monitoring/caa/woodstoves/certifiedwood.pdf

    If not best check first with your insurance agent. If he says no to your Fisher stove you will need to find another company that will before going further.

    Do you live in a town? If so, check with Building Inspector, Fire Marshall, etc, whoever is responsible to oversee wood stove installations. You're more than likely going to need a permit for the stove's installation to satisfy them & or your insurance co.

    More info about Fisher Bears at

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/31003/

    FISHER WOOD STOVE DEALER POSTER

    http://www.sniderauto.com/contact.html

    "The Photo below is on display in our store. We became a authorized Fisher Stove Dealer in 1975, we started selling the papa bear, mama bear, baby bear, grandpa, grandma, then latter when they became available we added the Fisher fireplace insert and the Goldilocks.... "

    And this is the unknown Bear that has a 10” flue.

    Attached Files:

  7. darkarbl

    darkarbl New Member

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    single door 2 vents on door rear vent pipe looks like mama bear in manual
    picture ..this info helps but what year was the last model made so I can ask homeowners ins if I can install
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    i have the grandma bear stove in the basement works great. i am thinking about buying a fisher insert for the upstairs if it hasnt been sold yet. it has 2 glass doors and the dampers is on the side anyone know anything about them. good or bad. also got a baby bear stove that have been looking for for years .for my porch and get togethers. how do you post pics.

    pen
    do you load your stove up after it is burning real good shut it down at night and the same when you go to work. i have a damper on the back that i turn all the way down and screw in the front closed also.
  9. pen

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

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    For the day, I wake up in the morning, load the stove, and burn it hot (up to about 500 or so on chimney thermometer) then throttle it back to about the damper at 1:30 position and each draft open 1 to 1 1/4 turns. This creates a burn that reads about 400 on the chimney thermometer and will be out by mid-late morning. I don't try to leave the stove burning all day as it would have to smolder in an attempt to still be alive when the wife and I return. My house is well insulated so it is not too cold when we get home. Even if it is, that old grandma bear can throw some heat and can heat things up in no time so I don't get concerned.

    At night;

    About an hour before I head to bed I put a couple of pieces (about 2-3 medium) on the stove and let it burn hot so that it can be a big mass of burning coals. I then load the firebox front to back about like this like this or so (this is a cold start on kindling so a piece or 2 more, and bigger pieces would typically be used for overnight)

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    I leave the damper and drafts open for a few minutes to get the wood charred well and the stove up to temp 400-500. I then put the damper at about a 45 degree angle (1:30 on a clock face) and close my front drafts so that they are each 3/4 of a turn open.

    With this situation every night the stove will drop to about a 300 degree chimney temperature burn and will leave me with coals in the morning to start from about 7-8 hours later. Some morning I can start right off with large pieces of wood like a normal load, other days I need to put a few pieces of kindling under my load of wood first to help kick things off.

    This year I am primarily burning beech but also burn ash, maple and cherry.

    Is this similar to what works for you?

    pen
  10. EdwinR

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    Hello, I have a Fisher Stove that was purchased and installed in a home in approximately 1978. The stove was given to me this past year and I am building a detached shop in El Paso County Colorado. I'm hoping to install it in the shop. Codes are strict. The stove does not seem to have a model number anywhere. It is a double door that measuers 24 X 24 and stands 34' high. It has an 8" flu opening coming straight out the back. I have the origional owners manual but that does not have a model # indicated either. I believe it is a Grandma Bear. I have taken some picturers and hoping the inspector will approve the installation. Any suggestions for me on establishing the model # ???
    THANKS Ed
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    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for those ads, Pen. I forwarded those pics to my dad, as he's been burning a Papa Bear since about 1976, and I knew he'd enjoy those old ads!
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    my pleasure.

    pen
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