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My grandpas old wood stove.

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by smitty81, Aug 21, 2013.

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  1. smitty81

    smitty81 Member

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    When I was just a little tike, I remember going out in the country to grandpa and grandmas house and I remember the old wood stove that he used. They moved out of that house when I was about 6 I suppose. I never wondered what had become of that old wood stove.

    Fast forward 20+ years.

    Grandpa has passed away and grandma is traveling the world

    I was in the old Quonset helping grandma one day and seen the old stove sitting there. Boy did that bring back old memories.

    I told Grandma I wanted to purchase it from her and she said that she would save it for me.

    I didn't bother to look at the brand but from what I remember, it looked like one of these stoves.

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    I can't be for sure which one it was, Its been 3 years since I had seen it but if I were to guess I'd say its the fisher.

    I was thinking about cleaning it up and using it in my house.

    Are these old stoves pretty good?

    Any info is welcome.

    (sorry, I posted this in the wrong section. Could you move it to the classic stove section please?)

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  2. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    They produce heat and use gobs of wood. As for good, that's kinda up to what "good" is. These stoves have to be 36" from anything combustible. Many also have to sit on a solid masonry surface, there are a few things that can be done to reduce the clearances. They make lots of smoke and use much more wood than the new stoves. I wouldn't pass it up for sure! I just might not put it in my house. The distant memory of how good it was, you just might not find to actually be reality.
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  3. smitty81

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    Yea, it seems to always be that the things you remember being great as a kid aren't so great as an adult.

    The room it would go in has a concrete floor and plaster walls........

    Heck, maybe I should just throw it in my garage just in case I need to work in it someday.

    It would actually be a very nice garage stove come to think of it.

    The smoke thing you talk about.............That would be why grandpas house always smelled so unique and my house doesn't have that smell because of my newer stove.
  4. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    For sure a garage stove if they allow that where you live. You can buy high temp paint at the big box stores and that will help the appearance if it is faded. Depending on the stove some have gaskets on the doors and some don't.
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    Thanks guys
  6. Ashful

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    Not to be a downer, but you should be aware that a solid fuel burning appliance is not permitted in the garage, by most jurisdictions, and many insurance companies. You might want to check on this, before completing a garage installation.
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    Hmm..........I don't know I guess.

    Our detached garage has a "fireplace" inside of it.

    There are also lots of other garages or shops that have stoves in them.

    With that said, I have no idea if its legal or if no one really cares.
  8. oldspark

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    Some insurance's wont allow it at all (maybe a national insurance company-state farm wont I guess) but mine is some what of a regional company and they have no problem what so ever (called them yesterday) and the nice man is going to send me a copy of the clearances. Best check for your self.
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  9. oldspark

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    Another thing my old stove was a very good stove did not smoke a lot because I burnt correctly with dry wood, I am sure it used more wood then my Summit but it(summmit) couldn't carry its jock strap for heat out put.
  10. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Sell the stove to oldspark. Please.
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  11. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    So, no one else on earth burns their smoke dragon correctly? They got this name for a reason! The fact is, they smoke unless they are running pretty high, or they are down to the coaling stage.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I really liked Grandpa's '38 Chevy.

    To the OP. We aren't being mean here. There has just been a lot of progress in wood burning stove technology in the last thirty years. Most of us used to have the old stoves. There are a lot of reasons that we don't have and burn in them now.

    Welcome to to the Forum. Lotta of good wood burning experience advice and experience here.
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  13. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    I know you just got beat up above, but don't let that discourage you. I know some dissagree but I have two old fishers, I burn no more than any one of the above do and my house is 2250 sq ft.
    I like it warm too in the winter, it's not uncommon for me to have it 80+ deg in the house! I installed baffles in my stoves and contrary to what the above say, I get "no" smoke when I'm burning, only on light off!

    I have found that very dry wood, follow the instructions on what people tell you here, good flue and air flow, you can have a "great" vintage stove and fully funtional. Yes, they are not as efficient as the new models, but they still kick a$$;) I would use it!
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  14. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Like I said, I wouldn't pass it up! I have had lots of old stove, and liked them! I just want to be honest, they do use more wood and they do smoke if you turn them down low, no matter what the moisture content is. I loved my Fisher, but it used at least 2x what my Cape Cod uses.
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    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    For me webby, I haven't had anything else, so I can't agree or disagree:) I do know, we had a friend of the family and he had a "BIG" kodiak, it was massive, but God did it heat, but I do remember it did eat wood..... My grandma "once going good" will take a good size log an hour, I'll bank her up about 9 or 10 before bed, and we still have a small fire going in the morning.

    Goes back to my signiture, If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
  16. oldspark

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    Your old stove must have been a POS, mine was not, you grumpy today.
  17. oldspark

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    I had my stove in the house as my only source of heat for over 30 years, I burnt by flue temps and if you turned it down too far yea it might have smoked, so yea maybe they did not know how to run their stove, mine did not smoke that much when burnt correctly. Many others have reported having good luck with their old stoves, now the stove is going in the shop so make it worth my while and I will post of a video of an older stove being run correctly Why is every body in a pissy mood lately.
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    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    I'm not.......:)
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I'm grumpy every day. But the few times people talk about how much better their old stove was I just don't know why they don't just go get another one.

    Loved my old stove for 21 years. The new one is light years ahead of it.
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    Not in a pissy mood here! Like I said, I loved my Fisher and my, on and on and on! But!!! They smoke! And that's fine for most people. It's just not for me. You can say it's about dry wood and all, but nothing loves dry wood more than a Hybrid, or any other of the EPA stoves I've had and they truly, don't smoke after first 10 minutes or less.

    To the OP. Take it home, throw a coat of Stove Bright paint on it and give it a try! I would, for sure! If you want to take it to the next level, get a new one! Try a Hybrid if you want to really get the full experience. :cool:
  21. oldspark

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    Well webby dont be telling me what my stove did or did not do, I did not smolder the stove by turning it down too far, thats stupid even with a new stove, never had any cresote problems either.
    BB, you need to get your glasses changed, I NEVER said the old stove was better, it put out way more heat then my new one.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Well, my friend, you are the exception!
  23. oldspark

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    Not a chance, I never smoldered the stove had the flue temp at 300 or so when I went to bed, flue temp got lower after the dirty part of the burn so it would limit the amount of smoke, I am sure it smoked more then my new one but no way a smoke dragan by any means, you cant close the air all the way on the new stoves but you could on the older ones, I never closed the air enough to make it smoke that bad.
    Burning a stove well takes some knowledge old stove or new one.
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    BTW: The OP has a PE Super 27.
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    oldspark Guest

    And that means something to me? We were talking about old stoves.
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