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Posted By 603burner,
Sep 14, 2018 at 4:16 PM
I just bought this better and bens stove and was wondering if anyone had any information on it.
Have you tried the search field on the top right of this page? Plenty postings.
So that means no you dont have any info on this stove then?
I don't but there are quite a few postings on this site about your stove. Have you read them?
It looks like a coal stove to me does it have grates in the bottom of the firebox?
Looks like an 801. They were all Listed, so it should have a tag on the back.
The 801 is a wood / coal combination that works much better with coal.
The 901 has an arched door at the top. And I don't think it's the newer 1201.
Pictures of inside would help. The 801 has a baffle and 2 grates, the 901 and 1201 use the same center grate.
Yes it does have grates on the bottom of the top box and a tray in the bottom door
I havent picked it up yet. Im getting it for 50 and figure it can heat the garage while i was working out there or even a secondary heat source for the house. Ive never had a xoal stove so I will do some reading on that. Thanks to the both of you for the little bit of guidance I needed. Now I have a model number. Thanks again
It would be more for a primary heat source for the house.
For a work area, you want a wood stove that heats quickly and can be started and stopped easily. A coal stove takes many hours to come up to temperature, but when hot they keep a much more even steady heat for the duration of the winter. You start them November and feed them until you let them go out in the spring. Installation is different than a wood stove requiring a barometric damper to keep the air flow through the firebed more controlled than you could manually. Start with a bag of Anthracite Chestnut size and learn from here; https://coalpail.com/
The chimney is the most critical component and has to be right for either fuel to work properly.
You "can" burn wood in any coal stove, but the air comes up through the fire and burns quickly leaving no coals or embers to rekindle the fire in the morning. Many stoves were built as combination wood/ coal, but the design for burning the two fuels is completely different, so any appliance built for wood will not do well with coal, just as a stove designed for coal will not do well with wood.