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The old stove days - Philly Home Show, 87

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by webbie, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Here you can see that the design of one of the Avalon stoves has not changed much over the years!
    It's fuzzy because it's a video frame grab from 8mm.
    From left to right
    VC vigilant on bottom - intrepid door showing on top - regular old resolute in ivory, Upland 107 Rear Vent with side door (This was made when I owned Upland)Avalon and a bit of the "VC Fireplace Insert" showing on the right hand side. The booth had a lot of other stoves, including a Tarm Cutaway and a Jotul #8, etc.
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  2. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    I had a fisher grandma bear stove. Very popular then. Not many around now.
    Fell into the smoke dragon category.
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably 80% of the booth at that time were smoke dragons....the Avalon was clean, although maybe not even tested yet...and maybe we had a Russo catalytic or other such stuff there.

    But by 1987, the original smoke dragons like the Old Mill, Fisher, etc. were not in style any longer. Fuel prices had come down and people were going to style and glass doors, etc.
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The lineup in the pic reminds me of when I was stove shopping for this house's stove in the summer of 1985.
  5. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I wonder what a salesmans pitch was back then?
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    "You better get one of these stoves fast. Heating oil is up to ninety-seven cents a gallon and electricity is up to five cents a KWH!"
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Craig's display looks a lot like the one in the store where I bought the big Sierra insert in 1985. It was the first week in August and the store was in a wooden, very old converted gas station. So old it is in the historic register. Which means they could make no changes and could not install air conditioning. It was 95 degrees outside. I stood there for an hour in my three piece suit with one foot up on the stove talking and watching the salesman melt into the floor. I had just moved from Texas. I could stand it. When I first came in the door the price was $1,200. Coming up on closing time and heat stroke for the guy I said "$750 cash right now delivered next week and set on the hearth.". He said "Sold.", took the money and started for the door. Not thinking to ask where I lived. 45 miles from there. ;lol
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  8. webbie

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    You had to be a serious woodburner to buy a stove when heating oil was a buck a gallon...

    Which is why the stoves started looking much nicer. Not seen is the Jotul #8, one of my favorite stoves. It looked good and was very simple.

    Basically, we liked the Uplands....because we made them at the time and they were simple, the Jotuls and the Avalons. All of them were extremely simple to run and service so we could sell hundreds and almost never hear anything except good things from the customers.

    We hated the Phila home show, though....lots of time spent standing on our feet. Didn't make a lot (or any) sales right there, maybe a few afterwards...still, it was one of our yearly efforts. We did that and the Burlington NJ county Farm Fair and that was about it.
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    So what was I when burning wood with heating oil at $.12 per gallon?
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  10. webbie

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    Damn serious.....

    We were burning it when it was about 25-30 cents (early 1970's). Never thought about it in terms of the money - actually, had no other heat so it was either wood or coal.
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    For sure. I recall back in the late 50's and early 60's when people would brag that they could heat their homes for a dollar a day in the winter months. Funny that it was not long after that when many put in oil furnaces. Then came the middle 70's and new wood stoves were going in all over the countryside. Some stayed on but many got out. Of those who got out, I always found it was because of the stink of creosote and/or smoke in the house. Dirty stuff it was...
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    Great shot. I like that Upland. It would have been fun to try one out. We had the Resolute instead and loved it.
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    In 1979 we were paying 89-91 cents a gallon for oil and thought the world was about to end. Had we had access to wood even ten years later, we certainly would have seriously considered a wood stove.
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    In 1979 - I was 11 and much more concerned if the dent in my saucer was gonna pound out or not.:);) (that was one heck of a winter around my parts.)
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    Love the history Craig, keep it coming. I think I refurbed an Upland a few years back but now I can't find the photo's.
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    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    still using Resolute & modded Fisher grand pa. Cost too much to change

    cheers

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