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Thelin-Thompson Wood Burning Gnome Stove

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by mxitman, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. mxitman

    mxitman New Member

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    Hi, I've been lurking on here for some time, thanks for all the info I've gotten from everybody. Thought I would finally get a membership and try to contribute a little.

    We are moving soon and I have an old wood stove that came with our house, it's unique and I thought it to be the common Thelin Gnome pellet stove, but after digging it out from the basement it looks to be a wood burner I took some measurements and it doesn't measure up to the gnome stove that's made today I also did not find any pellet components. Not much info I can find other than it looks to be like the Parlour model that's made today.

    It's rough measurements are 20-21" wide x 48" or so, I took a few pictures and any insight or possible value would be great, I really appreciate it. Not sure if it's worth to keep it and move it or just sell it.

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That's a beauty. I have no idea what it's worth. But I would guess with a little fixing up (replace mica and the missing hinge pin) maybe $500 to the right buyer? The mica is called isenglass and is still available in sheet form. You might be able to find a hinge pin or maybe a rivet that will fit.
    https://www.lehmans.com/p-3328-mica-the-original-isinglass.aspx
  3. Heatsource

    Heatsource Minister of Fire

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    cool stoves
    made right across the road from our shop here in Grass Valley
    my buddy worked there 20 yrs ago, maybe he assembled your stove :)
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Were they still using isenglass then?
  5. Heatsource

    Heatsource Minister of Fire

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    Not sure..
    and it might have been 30yrs ago my buddy worked there. He told me about receiving barrels of gnome legs and polishing on them for days at a time..
    he past away recently or i'd ask him :(
  6. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like the kind of work I was doing a long while ago, polishing hand made hard disks.
  7. mxitman

    mxitman New Member

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    Is it ok to put regular wood-stove type glass instead of the using the mica?
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Possibly, if the window holders can handle the much thicker glass. I'm not sure if that would detract from its sale value or not.
  9. GENECOP

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    She's a beauty, Congrats...
  10. arbutus

    arbutus Feeling the Heat

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    Those stoves just look cool. I'd keep it if I owned one.
  11. dlj

    dlj New Member

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    You can try and replace the mica with glass. There can be problems with clearance. But mica works really well and will last for many years as long as you don't poke something through it. I'd just replace the mica if it were my stove. It's cheap, easy to do and long lasting...

    dj

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