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Nov 4, 2015
So my husband picked up this stove from one of his customers and it has been a basement for a long time, unused. We now have it installed and burning but I am curious about the history of this model. I have been searching online and only come up with one similar image of our stove. The house we got the stove from has a pretty cool historical story and I would love to know more about the stove itself.


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Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
Grafton NH/Upper Valley
Can't tell you what brand stove it is or anything about it. I will warn you that a lot of people will probably be along to tell you that it's not a current EPA certified model and you shouldn't be using it etc. Just want to warn you.


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Moving this thread to the Fischer stove forum. Where they know it well.


Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
central pa
looks like a fisher coal bear to me. They were designed to burn coal so they are pretty good coal stoves but lousy wood stoves


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Dec 22, 2007
It was the only coal stove made by Fisher. Not all licensed fabricators made the model. (Yours may have a UL tag on the back shield with manufacturer listed in Woodland Park CO.) The grates are reversible for coal (slotted) or flipped flat for wood. (rotate with shaker handle) 1980 -'81 was the first year produced. Anthracite coal ; or short wood. (you can burn wood in any coal stove, but they are designed to get air up through the coal bed and will burn wood very fast) With grates rotated flat for wood burning, use the upper intake more than lower for slower burn. The upper air intake on upper door is for oxygen to ignite coal gas as it is expelled from fresh coal. It only needs to be opened slightly with coal use. (solid) It should be connected to an insulated 6 inch chimney flue.

Most stoves found of this model are missing the grates or ventilated liner. They were available with black painted door, or optional nickel or brass plated door. Production ceased in 1988 due to EPA emission standards of wood stoves. It is UL listed and legal for use.
Thread below with cast iron liner and grate pictures;

Coal Bear in my collection curing paint below;

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Brochure with installation specs;

Coal Bear Brochure Front.JPG Brochure Specs 2.JPG Brochure Specs 3.JPG

Nickel plated door;

Coal Bear nickel 1-2015.JPG
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