Papa Bear Restoration

coaly

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Staff member
Dec 22, 2007
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NE PA
It’s neat that it’s a transition stove and can be dated exact even without a tag. I have a prototype, an old style, and a new style, but not a transition stove in the Grandpa model. So a good one like yours with all those features is very appealing for the collection.

The rear plate should have been one piece. All Nighters were built like that with a seam up the back. One requirement of Fisher quality control was no visible welds outside, other than under the top around edges.
 

Todd_C

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Dec 15, 2013
72
littlebyteservices.com
I've been wire brushing the Grandma bear to get the rust out. The paint heats up and really smears alot. I'm tempted to sand blast it but don't want to make the surface rough. The sides and back maybe. But not the top. The tops on all my fishers have a very smooth finish.
Any suggestions on what grit for final sanding? I'm going to start another thread on the Grandma Bear. The Papa is on the back burner for a while. I want to get the Grandma done before Christmas.
 
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CamFan

Feeling the Heat
Aug 21, 2011
343
North East Georgia
It's been a while since I posted. The wife thinks I have a Fisher addiction. I purchased a Mama Bear yesterday in near perfect condition. Back Vent. The box is a bit rough on the texture. No rust well taken care of. Looks like it was never overfired. I'm looking to restore it to pristine condition.

First what abrasive is safe to blast it. Soda, Sand, Glass bead, Corn cob, Walnut. Black onyx??? This would be for the fire box. I'm trying for a smooth finish. So I don't want to pit or rough it up.

Second what is safe for the doors. I want to try and expose the original Nickle if it is there. If it isn't I will consider re-plating it. I have a pressurized blaster and a cabinet so I am able to be versatile on the media.

I hopefully will be picking up a Grandpa bear later today if all goes well. This one is well used but from what I can tell by pics it's not damaged and will also need a full restoration. This brings me up to 5 Stoves 2 Grandpa Bears. 2 Mama Bears. One Grandma Bear. The Grandma bear was a purchase the wife made. And she say's Im addicted .. Ya right. That one is real rough. Someone decided to make it a top vent when it's a back vent. I would call that stove abuse. It has a crack on the back wall. I'm still deciding what to do to it. It will never be pristine. But with a bit of love it could be made safe to use.
if you want it original we sandblasted every stove. We used a body file on the tops to smooth them and lightly hit the sides with the sander.
 

Todd_C

Member
Dec 15, 2013
72
littlebyteservices.com
if you want it original we sandblasted every stove. We used a body file on the tops to smooth them and lightly hit the sides with the sander.
Did you use sand, onyx, corn, Glass bead? , Would my DA make it smooth? And what grit do you suggest? If I use a blaster on the doors what media would you suggest? Dampeners as well? I was thinking soda. But it's very time consuming. I've been wire brushing the box and got most of the rust out. There wasn't very much. But I want it gone. I'm not in the mood to set up my other blaster and booth, space is a issue. But if I have to o'h well.
 
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CamFan

Feeling the Heat
Aug 21, 2011
343
North East Georgia
Did you use sand, onyx, corn, Glass bead? , Would my DA make it smooth? And what grit do you suggest? If I use a blaster on the doors what media would you suggest? Dampeners as well? I was thinking soda. But it's very time consuming. I've been wire brushing the box and got most of the rust out. There wasn't very much. But I want it gone. I'm not in the mood to set up my other blaster and booth, space is a issue. But if I have to o'h well.
we used medium sand on the stove body, then we added the doors and dampers. I would not blast the dampers since they were generally cast aluminum the Body file is just a long vibrator sander. The only thing that was not blasted was nickel or brass doors and dampers. Find someone in your area that blasts and take it to them. it is a 10-15 minute job.