Early Papa Bear

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Dan57

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Nov 8, 2020
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Found an early Papa Bear and they want 350.00 for it. I'm torn as I want it but don't need it. I' get it and restore it then put it in the corner. Question is are the early ones gaining in collector value to make it worth my while or just use it in the shop and not worry about value?
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coaly

Fisher Moderator
Staff member
Dec 22, 2007
4,230
NE PA
Papa to the moon!

Using it properly without abuse will not decrease the value. So if you need a stove to use, it’s also an investment. You can find buyers that won’t pay more than a couple hundred, and others that would easily pay 550 or more for it right now.
 

Dan57

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Nov 8, 2020
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Well, I caved and drove the 3 hours yesterday to get the stove. Nice condition and seems it was put in the family lake cabin basement new. Took four people to get it out to sell. Stove was in Sandstone Mn. so not sure who would have made it. Drove 3 hours the day before to pick up a baby bear for 100.00. Also nice and was placed on a bench in a garage near Grand Rapids Mn. They both have angles legs and the baby has a odd cut on one angle.
 

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clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,240
Colorado
I think they are such beautiful stoves and they have character and so glad that you took the effort and money and saved these two. If I were young and strong and wanted a hobby to fix up things I really think that I would choose these old stoves...Good for you and thanks for bringing the past back to be in the future for the next generations to see and experience..mrs clancey
 

Dan57

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Nov 8, 2020
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I removed the fire brick from the papa bear and am curious if the fire brick is original to the stove. Its stamped MOREX 1/14. Thanks for any insight on this.
 

coaly

Fisher Moderator
Staff member
Dec 22, 2007
4,230
NE PA
Your stoves would have came from Fisher Stoves - Fenske Welding, Rt 3 Hwy 71, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601.

Leg angles varied by fabricator. Some didn’t angle the bottom at all, others clipped corners. Drawings called for a taper at bottom 4 inches long down to 1 inch at end. Part number 106 rear, 107 front with a BB after number for Baby.

Bricks were purchased locally to avoid shipping charges.
 

coaly

Fisher Moderator
Staff member
Dec 22, 2007
4,230
NE PA
History of Morex Refractory here;
 

Dan57

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clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,240
Colorado
He is a gem of information and knows his fisher wood stoves and where to look for information...How unique is that bricks made in Mexico.. Enjoying hearing about my wonderful bear stoves glad you are trying to make it good again for the future of it..love them..clancey
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
24,940
central pa
He is a gem of information and knows his fisher wood stoves and where to look for information...How unique is that bricks made in Mexico.. Enjoying hearing about my wonderful bear stoves glad you are trying to make it good again for the future of it..love them..clancey
Mexico Missouri