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Plainsman stove any good??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by emilywlow, May 29, 2009.

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  1. emilywlow

    emilywlow New Member

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    Hi,

    I have very little time to decide whether or not to buy a cast iron stove that appears to look like a Jotul Black Bear - only its old and green and a Plainsman, not Jotul.

    I can't find anything on the internet about Plainsman stoves....anyone have any experience - will it perform anything like a Jotul, or are looks deceiving?

    Thanks so much!

    E

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  2. emilywlow

    emilywlow New Member

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    Hi again,

    Maybe this is a better question -

    What should I ask/ know when buying a used stove sight unseen? I usually look up the stove specs online and look for reviews if older, but I can't find anything on this one.

    Thanks,

    Emily
  3. summit

    summit Minister of Fire

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    There are alot of 118 jotul knockoff out there that are pre-epa stoves. acutually, they so closely resembled the jotuls, that some of the castings are interchangable. The old jotul 118 (now called the black bear 118) stoves are very dependable, and i would bet that this one would have comparable characteristics. The only worry you would have, is the castings themselves; typically these knockoffs were made in china, where lesser quality cast iron was used back in the 70's, 80's. If new jotul parts could fit on it, then they are pretty expensive because they come from norway.
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    emilywlow New Member

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    Thanks so much, I never thought about parts for the stove. Your post really helped.

    Emily
  5. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    mamabear ... you sig says "Northwest" ... if that is in Washington state, you should know that pre-EPA and non-EPA stoves are not allowed in WA state.

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