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Restoring a late 70's Grandpa Bear

Post in 'Fisher Stove Information, Parts, History and More' started by peavey, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. peavey

    peavey New Member

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    Recently purchased a grandpa bear, it is in good shape but has some minor surface rust and a few fire bricks need replacing. I have read a lot (mostly on this forum) but still have many questions on these stoves. So, to start off, I want to bring the stove back to "like new" condition before moving the 450+ lbs of grandpa in my basement.

    What should I use to paint or polish the stove with once all the rust is gone? I read that Stove Bright metallic is the correct product to use. Now, I think the doors are cast iron and I have also read that you should use stove polish on that. I don't know if I should use one or both. Lastly, Were any of the fir trees or the Fisher name originally painted white?

    I have grown-up with wood stoves but haven't used a Fisher before and this is definitely the best built stove I have ever seen! Hopefully I can get many years of warmth out of her.

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  2. peavey

    peavey New Member

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    Due to the 20 inches of snow we've got so far today I have had time to read some more on here and I have answered one of my questions. Coaly did state in a thread somewhere that this stove was originally all black. So now my lingering question is what should I use.. Stove Bright or Polish or both?
  3. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Stove Bright Satin Black is closest to original. Doors too. (they were not highlighted with paint) No stove polish was used on Fishers.
  4. peavey

    peavey New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I still might paint the name and trees as it looks really good.

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