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Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Chrism, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    My brother has an old Timberline stove he is going to have a chimney sweep look at it wondering what a good stovetop temperature is to run those stoves at. Also any info about Timberline stoves would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. pen

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

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    What kind is it? Is it a single door or a double door model?

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  3. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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

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    As a general rule, I'd say to keep the hottest spot you can find on the top (usually on the front top plate, in the middle, just before the step) 700 or under. A jaunt to 750-800 shouldn't split it in 1/2, but that shouldn't be the norm.

    If the unit doesn't have a baffle (smoke shelf) already in it, he might consider making one for the stove, especially if the stove collar is on the top of the unit.

    In general, I prefer the single door units to the double door for efficiency and burn time/length, but each are good heaters.

    pen
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If it has a full baffle anything over 500 with dry wood should burn fairly clean. Like Pen said try to hold it under seven hundred. And get used to using a good ladder and chimney brush. Often.
  6. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Why is that about the ladder and chimney brush? They dont burn clean? No secondary burn?
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    They are a pre-epa stove, so they don't have a secondary combustion promoting system in them.

    When burning my double door fisher, I swept the chimney monthly for good measure.

    pen
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Timberlines haven't been made since the late eighties because they didn't have secondary burn technology for clean burns to meet the 1988 EPA regs. They started out as a Fisher knockoff.

    Thousands of them were sold around here in the eighties.
  9. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    First off, do you have access to a-:
    welder
    grinder
    drill press?
    If so, PM me, I think I have detailed pics. of my Timberline mods., to add a hefty baffle and secondary air. material cost was less than $100 and well worth it.
    And yes, you need to add a rope gasket to the stove, but not the doors. The doors will squish the gasket in place, and it'll work better.
    After mods., flue temps @ 900 or so, 10-12 hr. burns, and plenty of heat. Burned as clean as my BK does, if not more so
    BUT- it's only worth doing if you can do the work yourself, a welding shop would kill you on cost.
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  10. Chrism

    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    What are the clearances to combustible on those stoves? Or do you follow nfpa specs?
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    The origin of the stove and details about Cal Cotton is mentioned many times in "The Fisher Stove Story". (pg 71 and 120 among others, just check it out, it's a quick read) He was a licensed Fisher builder from Idaho, who later talked Bob Fisher into selling him a second license for NY. He moved there to run the new business, and had a manager run his Idaho facility. He later partnered with another Fisher licensee, Duncan (a pig farmer) from Southern IL. to produce the Timberline;
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/wiki/bob-fisher/ (click Attachments Tab)

    And the following thread;
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/timberline.65794/#post-830673

    Here's his online presence;
    http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/testimonies/caljoycerixon.htm
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Unless there is a UL tag that states otherwise on the stove, it's 36 inches clearance to combustibles. Than can be cut down less by making wall shields with a one inch air gap.

    pen
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    Knew Coaly would be along shortly. ;lol
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    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Its going go be tucked in a brick lined fireplace. We were going to use a chimney liner to attach to the stove to vent it. Its a monster fireplace in an old farm house. Any suggestions on installation?? Thanks for all the info so far.
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    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I just leaned a couple of boards of Wonderboard against the stone hearth backing. It was crude, but effective. Those clearance requirements were another reason I sold that stove. Just didn't work in that location.
    Coaly, my Timberline had a UL tag that said "made in Colorado Springs" on a shield. Does that sound correct?
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    I bit my tongue
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    No idea, I just know where Cal was from and the businesses he started. No idea where his stoves were later made. You can probably ask him from his contact information at the bottom of the above web page. Just don't mention me or Bobby Fisher and you'll be fine. ::P

    Listed as built in Syracuse NY and Dover NJ here;
    http://www.timberlinespecialty.com/
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Chrism Feeling the Heat

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    Coaly sounds like your a die hard timberline fan!! Whats the deal?
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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Me ?? They say imitating your invention is the best compliment.
    Nothing heats like a Fisher ;)

    Doing research on Fisher Stoves led me to a lot of copy cat stove builders that I save the info on, so when asked I pass it on. Just trying not to offend any more industrious imitators.
  21. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    The death of Timberline was not due to EPA regulations in 1988 like many other stove companies.

    So I'll try not to offend any surviving family members, heirs or stove owners. I'll back up claims as usual with links.

    The Timberline Timeline ;

    Timberline Wood Stoves Inc. was formed in 1977 by Calvin Cotton and good friend and partner Lonnie Eroll Preslar as noted in Lonnies obituary 10-11-2003.
    http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/obits_3698829/preslar.html

    Notice in this obituary, not only is the company mentioned, but also a brother Ivan Preslar.
    This was Ivan T. Preslar II.

    Ivan partnered with Robert M Weichart President of Adirondack Wood Stove Works Inc.and became Timberline Energy Corp. in NY.

    Ivan was the current acting President of the surviving eastern company in Syracuse NY. during the Bankruptcy Chapter 11 filing April 13, 1981.
    http://ny.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19850412_0000011.NNY.htm/qx

    Ivan became a silent partner of Timberline East Inc. formed from this bankruptcy.

    This is where things get interesting with Banruptcy Fraud cases between the owners and later bankruptcy courts. Weichart opened a checking account on behalf of Timberline East with checks issued to Timberline Energy. Sept. 10, 1981, Chapter 11 (reorganization) was converted to Chapter 7 of bankruptcy code. Federal marshals padlocked the premisies of Timberline Energy that same day.

    4 years later, criminal charges along with 4 counts of bankruptcy fraud, (the "FEW" stoves sold at bankruptcy sale were actually 333 plus parts) Weichart was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. (5 suspended by district court)
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-nynd-6_05-cv-00571/pdf/USCOURTS-nynd-6_05-cv-00571-0.pdf

    https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/783/783.F2d.23.85-1333.85-1332.85-1331.594.595.html

    The address on this New York state tax commision letter shows the original business address never changed from the start of the business;
    http://www.nysdta.org/STC/Sales/1982_T_Z0005.pdf
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    Coaly sure makes you want to take your stove straight to the scrap yard does'nt he LOL! He does'nt mean any harm, he just wants you to know For Sure that Bob Fisher designed your stove.
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    For anyone looking for Timberline stove information I dug out my original owners manual and warranty that I got when I purchased my Timberline back in 1981. I have noticed that every now and then somebody finds one, and has questions about specs and such. I just want everyone to know that I have used this stove every year since I purchased it and it is just a great, durable heat producer that is very economical and yes it may not be EPA approved but you can control the heat output with a damper, and by paying attention to the air intake settings, as so it doesn't blow you out of your living area like my neighbors EPA approved stove does. And yes, you need to brush out your chimney occasionally. Hopefully I can download this manual.
    Timberline Manual 014.jpg Timberline Manual 002.jpg Timberline Manual 003.jpg Timberline Manual 004.jpg Timberline Manual 005.jpg Timberline Manual 006.jpg Timberline Manual 007.jpg Timberline Manual 008.jpg Timberline Manual 009.jpg Timberline Manual 010.jpg
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    Copelandwoodburner New Member

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    Here's the rest of the Timberline Manual. Timberline Manual 011.jpg Timberline Manual 012.jpg Timberline Manual 015.jpg
  25. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks !!

    I'll let the webmaster know to put this manual in the Timberline history. Manuals found are searchable under their manufacturer name in the Hearth Wiki section. ( A Goggle search will find them there as well) Only he can upload them onto the site when someone sends one to him. I think he can work with this one right from the thread. Here's a link to the index page where it will be.

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/wiki/Special:Categories

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