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Stove ID and Rating (heating capacity)

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by cjcocn, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. cjcocn

    cjcocn New Member

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    Good afternoon. :)

    I am looking at purchasing this stove in hopes that it will heat 1800 sq ft of space.

    I cannot find any information on it except that it is listed as a Frontier Mark V.

    Can anyone provide me with some indication of what the heating capacity for this stove would be?

    The dimensions are:

    Overall 34" x 34"
    Firebox is 22" wide at the bottom and 20" deep. Opening is 9.3" tall.

    Thanks for any help that you can provide.

    Here are some pics:

    http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/cjcocn/Firewood Hauling Pics/FrontierStove03Medium.jpg

    http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/cjcocn/Firewood Hauling Pics/FrontierStove02Medium.jpg

    http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/cjcocn/Firewood Hauling Pics/FrontierStove01Medium.jpg

    http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv176/cjcocn/Firewood Hauling Pics/FrontierStove04Medium.jpg

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That looks pretty heavy duty, more like a Canadian vault than a stove. The only link I found was for the trademark listed to Frontier Service Industries in Manitoba. You might call this place to see if they were the mfg.

    Frontier Industries
    299 Channing Dr
    Flin Flon MB R8A1N6

    Contact Number
    204-687-8657

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  3. cjcocn

    cjcocn New Member

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    Turns out it was a welding shop, but thanks for the response. :)

    I was hoping that at the least someone could post up with some firsthand experiences regarding the area that these stoves have been known to heat. I will buy the stove and the next time someone asks I will be in a position to provide one perspective. :)

    Thanks again.
  4. pen

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

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    That thing sounds inbetween a fisher grandma bear and grandpa bear. Do so searching online here to see what you get. Have LOTS of wood on hand. Otherwise it should be capable of heating you out of a gymnasium. My grandma threw heat like crazy, and I could get it to hold coals most nights without having to smother it too bad. I really enjoyed that style heater for how fast it would heat up and heat this place up. However, it took me 5.5 to 6 cord of hardwoods keeping it fed to heat exclusively with wood here in Pa.

    pen
  5. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I remember the brand - it was yet another Fisher-type knock off. Definitely heavy-duty.

    The best way to get an idea of the heating capacity is to measure the usable firebox and use our burn time calculator....
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/articles/burn_time_calculator

    This will give you a BTU range at various burn times - depending on wood type, which you can use to determine heating ability.
  6. cjcocn

    cjcocn New Member

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    LOL ... I just pulled about 6 cords out before snow fell so I have enough to last me until the winter trails are frozen. That will open up some more cutting areas for me.
  7. cjcocn

    cjcocn New Member

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    I don't get to a computer enough to have found that calculator on my own, so thanks tons!

    According to the data I was provided with the firebox is 3.1 cu ft. Using the calculator, that stove should be capable of a total BTU production (softwoods) of 130200 BTUs. I am not sure where birch rates on that scale, but even at 130K BTUs I am taking a huge step up from what I am using now.

    Thanks to all for their input and I will hopefully be in a position to pass on the help sometime down the road. :)
  8. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    One variable here will be efficiency. A modern stove is going to extract and return to the room more heat. So where an old stove might be 50% efficient a new stove could be 75% efficient. It would be a nice addition to the calculator to be able to enter this into the equation.

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