Meridian Tile Woodstove..Is there anywhere to get one??

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
They've been out of production for decades. Keep checking in a wide area and eBay.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Yes kind of like a cross between a diving bell and a bong. :) Folks that have them have reported here that they like them.
 

kittypaws1925

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Sep 28, 2015
2
Edmonton,AB
I have a grey merdian tile stove in amazing condition !!! I moved into a older home a month ago and it had one... Are they safe to use ? Do I need it inspected ? And for a price I could part of it. If anyone is interested..

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
78,140
South Puget Sound, WA
Welcome. If it is in good condition it may be fine to burn in. However, the chimney should be cleaned and inspected first. Folks seemed to like this unusual heater. The value is whatever the market will bear. They are getting rare enough in excellent condition that you may be happily surprised what it will bring in. I've seen them listed for $1500.

Here's some more info on the stove:
https://www.hearth.com/talk/wiki/meridian-ceramic-stove/
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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And i think if they were not so heavy and relativly delicate they would be worth more. They are just a real pain to move
 

kittypaws1925

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Sep 28, 2015
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Edmonton,AB
Plus the cost to remove, pack and ship this stove would be a nightmare!! Guess I'll have to remodel my basement around it. Which is fine because I do like how unquie it is.
 

Wjlola

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Oct 25, 2015
1
Canada
I have been looking for a meridian Tile woodstove for the past few years does anyone know where to get one??
I just purchased a new wood stove and I am looking to sell my meridian tile stove. It is in very good condition. Please let me know if you would like more info. Thanks
 

mds

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Dec 11, 2015
1
Canada
I just purchased a new wood stove and I am looking to sell my meridian tile stove. It is in very good condition. Please let me know if you would like more info. Thanks
Hi, I would be interested in the stove, any pictures? How much are you asking and where about in Canada are you located? Thanks
 

catosixtails

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Jul 1, 2018
5
New Mexico
Hi everyone. I found and tried to ship (at an outlandish price, I might add) a Meridian Stove. Despite being crated, on a palette, etc. Fed Ex managed to drop the stove and it split around the firebowl, above the feet. The CFC liner is destroyed (which does not appear to be hard to replace assuming I can find the stuff) and the inner firebox ceramic brick has shifted and is damaged. Despite being told that I am an idiot for trying, I am attempting to repair the stove. If anyone has any expertise in this area, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. The biggest challenge will be resorting and patching the middle ceramic layer, and remounting the door assembly into that layer. In the end, I would like to have more than a pretty planter, but....
I do have some specific questions, if anyone knows.
1) In the back of the middle layer, there are two small holes, part of the original casting. What are the purpose of these holes and does the ceramic fiber layer completely cover them? (See picture; the holes are out of alignment here.)
Firebox.jpg
2) Does anyone know how the upper and lower layers of both inner and outer ceramic bowl are bonded together? There does not appear to be any type of glue; is there a rebar-like mechanism? It does appear that I will have to lift off the top part and re-align, then patch, the inner bowl.
3) How is the main bowl attached to the feet?

Thanks - it made me cry to look at this.
 
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MeridianStove

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Nov 12, 2018
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seattle, wa
Hi everyone. I found and tried to ship (at an outlandish price, I might add) a Meridian Stove. Despite being crated, on a palette, etc. Fed Ex managed to drop the stove and it split around the firebowl, above the feet. The CFC liner is destroyed (which does not appear to be hard to replace assuming I can find the stuff) and the inner firebox ceramic brick has shifted and is damaged. Despite being told that I am an idiot for trying, I am attempting to repair the stove. If anyone has any expertise in this area, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. The biggest challenge will be resorting and patching the middle ceramic layer, and remounting the door assembly into that layer. In the end, I would like to have more than a pretty planter, but....
I do have some specific questions, if anyone knows.
1) In the back of the middle layer, there are two small holes, part of the original casting. What are the purpose of these holes and does the ceramic fiber layer completely cover them? (See picture; the holes are out of alignment here.)
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2) Does anyone know how the upper and lower layers of both inner and outer ceramic bowl are bonded together? There does not appear to be any type of glue; is there a rebar-like mechanism? It does appear that I will have to lift off the top part and re-align, then patch, the inner bowl.
3) How is the main bowl attached to the feet?

Thanks - it made me cry to look at this.
It's worth the effort, this is an amazing stove/heater ... mine has stainless steel water pipe in it which of course heats hot water galore ... the Meridian burns very efficient due to circular fire 'box' ... The Meridian's story ended in deep conspiracy, including Gov. Dan Evans, who had/has one, writing to the state regulators, whom were restricting The Meridian's Revolutionary impact on the industry. From what I heard, said regulator heads quit to avoid lawsuit / discovery.
Also it's like a little 'Russian stove' via it's mass heat storage factor.
Super Stove!
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Ooo, got a link to that news article on the regulator heads quitting?
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
18,409
central pa
It's worth the effort, this is an amazing stove/heater ... mine has stainless steel water pipe in it which of course heats hot water galore ... the Meridian burns very efficient due to circular fire 'box' ... The Meridian's story ended in deep conspiracy, including Gov. Dan Evans, who had/has one, writing to the state regulators, whom were restricting The Meridian's Revolutionary impact on the industry. From what I heard, said regulator heads quit to avoid lawsuit / discovery.
Also it's like a little 'Russian stove' via it's mass heat storage factor.
Super Stove!
I work on one and it doesnt seem like it performs any better than most other stoves of the time. The only benifit it has is the thermal mass. They seem to be good stoves and they look fantastic but i dont see anything revolutionary.
 

MeridianStove

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Nov 12, 2018
7
seattle, wa
Ooo, got a link to that news article on the regulator heads quitting?
No Sir. It was told to me by someone seemingly on the 'inside', ;-) ... the inventor / owner ... that's how the story goes; albeit for gritty gum shoe solid verifiable fact hero hounds as yourself, please officially consider it hearsay; unless hearing/seeing something to the contrary. ;-)
 

MeridianStove

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Nov 12, 2018
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seattle, wa
I work on one and it doesnt seem like it performs any better than most other stoves of the time. The only benifit it has is the thermal mass. They seem to be good stoves and they look fantastic but i dont see anything revolutionary.
I think it might have something to do with the circular fire 'box' ?
Also btw, the passive powered air flow between the fire 'box' and the outer tile structure, continuing up between the double-walled pipe, then spilling out the screened air outlet then against/along the flange directing the hot air along the ceiling against & down the wall pushing the cooler air back up underneath said venting structure of stove, etc.
(outside air feeds the fire 'box')
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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I think it might have something to do with the circular fire 'box' ?
Also btw, the passive powered air flow between the fire 'box' and the outer tile structure, continuing up between the double-walled pipe, then spilling out the screened air outlet then against/along the flange directing the hot air along the ceiling against & down the wall pushing the cooler air back up underneath said venting structure of stove, etc.
(outside air feeds the fire 'box')
Like i said good stove and really fantastic looks. But as far as efficency goes nothing special. And our customer complains that it is a pain to load full because of the firebox shape.
 

bholler

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I really do like them though. If i came across one i would buy it and put it in the living room. But i doubt i would use it much.
 

MeridianStove

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Nov 12, 2018
7
seattle, wa
Be careful ... You'll Fall In Love! ;-)
I just found this:

WoodyIsGoody
Minister of Fire
Jan 16, 2017



Those ceramic Meridians are excellent stoves. It's
not inexpensive to cast those refractory ceramic
fireboxes! Like any stove they need properly
seasoned wood and a proper install. They are
constructed of two domed halves, like a clam, so
it's important that the center seam is well
sealed. Since ceramic has negligible
expansion/contraction, even under extreme heat,the
seam tends to be trouble free if done properly to
begin with. Then they kick ass! The magic lies in
the spherical shape of the combustion chamber and
the fact that ceramic is a decent insulator (and
the insulation is continuous and even). This means
all the heat of the fire is continually reflected
back onto itself allowing efficient combustion
temps to build very quickly from a cold start as
well as the ability to cleanly burn low and slow.
Additionally, the ceramic firebox is very
resistant to over firing so they can also be run
very hot without going through too much wood
(since they naturally have very good secondary
burn).

My father-in law has had one for about 30 years
(his is custom installed in a masonry wall with
fan vents) and he uses it every week about 8
months/year. The ceramic firebox stays a brilliant
white color even though he burns low and slow most
of the time. After establishing a fire with two or
three small splits he just waits for it to turn to
hot coals and adds one piece at a time (every two
plus hours). His wood is well seasoned but nothing
special otherwise (primarily PNW softwoods). I've
never seen a woodstove that was so easy to burn so
cleanly at low levels. His glass stays extra clean
with hardly any effort and it's very cool to see
one split glowing by itself with secondary flames
dancing above in an otherwise empty firebox. The
clean white walls reflect a lot of the firelight
back into the room.

I've spoken with the original inventor/founder of
Meridian (same guy who was the first to bring
American made Komodo style BBQ's to the North
American market). He's a genius and a very nice
person. Unfortunately, he may not be the most
cutthroat businessman and he has had trouble with
past business partners/financiers/patent
protection and they are no longer available. I
have no doubt it would be easy to get the design
to pass current EPA emissions.

https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/further-issues-with-old-meridian-stove.154800/#post-2149050
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
Roger that. Btw, IF you had to pick one, which modern stove would be the best choice ?
That depends upon your needs and what style you like. If low and slow works for you blaze kings would be the obvious choice. If you will be running hard more often there are tons of good tube stoves out there from regency quad jotul lopi etc. And for budget stoves englander as nd sbi make some great value stoves.