Selling a Fisher Grandma Bear

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hawkfan9

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Feb 12, 2014
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I was wondering if I could get some help placing a price on my Fisher Grandma Bear with glass doors. I was going to keep it for a future cabin build, but it's just in the way, and I'm tired of moving it around......tetris is not my favorite game.

It has the steel baffle plate in it, if that matters. Any help with what it's worth would be most appreciative.

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bholler

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I was wondering if I could get some help placing a price on my Fisher Grandma Bear with glass doors. I was going to keep it for a future cabin build, but it's just in the way, and I'm tired of moving it around......tetris is not my favorite game.

It has the steel baffle plate in it, if that matters. Any help with what it's worth would be most appreciative.

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Does it have a ul listing plate on it?
 

clancey

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I love those wood stoves--so sturdy and real...People who used them say they are "smoke dragons" and use lots of wood and some people have them in their other buildings to heat with but now I ask--that "bear stove of yours" or any other---can you cook with it because it is not a cook stove--those tops look like they would get pretty hot.. By the way that bholler the prior poster likes more modern stoves...But I like antiques...Hope the price will be high so you can sell it to someone who appreciates it...clancey
 

bholler

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I love those wood stoves--so sturdy and real...People who used them say they are "smoke dragons" and use lots of wood and some people have them in their other buildings to heat with but now I ask--that "bear stove of yours" or any other---can you cook with it because it is not a cook stove--those tops look like they would get pretty hot.. By the way that bholler the prior poster likes more modern stoves...But I like antiques...Hope the price will be high so you can sell it to someone who appreciates it...clancey
You can cook on any stove with a flat surface ontop.

And again I have absolutely nothing against fishers for what they are. And no they are not antiques.
 

clancey

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The way that they are keeping their prices and being "loved" by "some" people they will be antiques in the future. See they cook too--how nice.. You nay sayers just have not learned to appreciate them for I bet they heated old time schools in the most coldest of temperature and I just bet your more modern stoves cannot keep up with that...clancey
 

bholler

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The way that they are keeping their prices and being "loved" by "some" people they will be antiques in the future. See they cook too--how nice.. You nay sayers just have not learned to appreciate them for I bet they heated old time schools in the most coldest of temperature and I just bet your more modern stoves cannot keep up with that...clancey
What are you talking about??? Fishers were made in the 1970s and 80s. They didn't heat old time schools.

Can you tell me how many fishers you have heated you house with?
How many modern stoves you have heated your house with?
How many fishers do you currently have hooked up to use?

You are basing your opinions on absolutely no information at all. I have used all of these stoves in multiple locations.
 

clancey

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Yea and the first fishers I believe was Bob and Carol...And even if they were of the seventies I just bed they could heat old timey schools and keep our kids warm too..I think they were brilliant with their names and advertising campaigns and there are people all over this nation that love the old fisher stoves for what they represent and "always will"..clancey
 

bholler

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I was wondering if I could get some help placing a price on my Fisher Grandma Bear with glass doors. I was going to keep it for a future cabin build, but it's just in the way, and I'm tired of moving it around......tetris is not my favorite game.

It has the steel baffle plate in it, if that matters. Any help with what it's worth would be most appreciative.

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It really will depend upon your location and if it has a ul tag.

If you are in a state where they can be sold and it has a ul tag I would say in the $500 range. Without a tag $250 or so. In a state where they can't be sold it's scrap
 

bholler

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Yea and the first fishers I believe was Bob and Carol...And even if they were of the seventies I just bed they could heat old timey schools and keep our kids warm too..I think they were brilliant with their names and advertising campaigns and there are people all over this nation that love the old fisher stoves for what they represent and "always will"..clancey
Yes I am aware Bob started the company. And yes of course they could have heated old school houses. As could modern stoves.

So can you tell me how many fishers you have heated with? How many modern stoves you have heated with?
 

clancey

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I did not say your evaluation was unfair just that you like modern ones better..and I like the old trusty and sturdy cast iron that keeps heat so so well and has lasted for years and years having whole families of them--mama and papa and granddad's and grandmama's and babies too...and they cook as well and they do not need expensive cats and they are sort of like those old cars that I saw a procession of for fun last monday and they were beautiful as well.....Where is hawkfan9? I just bet he likes the old stove if it holds it value like they do with ul number tags? clancey
 

bholler

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I did not say your evaluation was unfair just that you like modern ones better..and I like the old trusty and sturdy cast iron that keeps heat so so well and has lasted for years and years having whole families of them--mama and papa and granddad's and grandmama's and babies too...and they cook as well and they do not need expensive cats and they are sort of like those old cars that I saw a procession of for fun last monday and they were beautiful as well.....Where is hawkfan9? I just bet he likes the old stove if it holds it value like they do with ul number tags? clancey
Fishers aren't cast iron they are plate steel like many new stoves.
If you don't want to replace cats don't get a cat stove.
 
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clancey

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Because I like them--waiting for hawkfin9 to come back to see if they have the ul number or located the spot anyway where the ul should be.. clancey
 

stoveliker

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This is the issue with many of your posts. You say "the ARE good", you mean "I BELIEVE they are good". The difference between fact (based in data) and opinion.

Both fact and opinion are valuable, but one should not disguise one as the other. I'm not saying people here deliberately misrepresent things, but I am saying that choice of words matters.
 
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bholler

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This is the issue with many of your posts. You say "the ARE good", you mean "I BELIEVE they are good". The difference between fact (based in data) and opinion.

Both fact and opinion are valuable, but one should not disguise one as the other. I'm not saying people here deliberately misrepresent things, but I am saying that choice of words matters.
Well and what I was trying to point out was that it isn't even an opinion based on any sort of experience at all.
 

bholler

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Because I like them--waiting for hawkfin9 to come back to see if they have the ul number or located the spot anyway where the ul should be.. clancey
But you are talking about how well they function. But you have no idea.
 

stoveliker

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Well and what I was trying to point out was that it isn't even an opinion based on any sort of experience at all.
Hence my "based in data"
 
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Zombie

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Depends on what part of the country you are in as to what you can ask for it. I'd suggest looking around on Craigslist and FB marketplace and see what others are asking for what condition. IF you find a Grandma like yours around my area in fair-ish condition bholler is about right, $500 or so. Really nice examples can go for as much as $700 around here.

I have a '79 Grandpa Bear in my basement and love it. I grew up with a UL listed Grandma and loved it. These stoves won't peak everyones intrest, but there is still a market for them.
 
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bholler

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Depends on what part of the country you are in as to what you can ask for it. I'd suggest looking around on Craigslist and FB marketplace and see what others are asking for what condition. IF you find a Grandma like yours around my area in fair-ish condition bholler is about right, $500 or so. Really nice examples can go for as much as $700 around here.

I have a '79 Grandpa Bear in my basement and love it. I grew up with a UL listed Grandma and loved it. These stoves won't peak everyones intrest, but there is still a market for them.
Yes prices will vary greatly by area. Around here I doubt you would get $700 for one regardless of condition. There are just so many of them here the prices are low. And a good ul tag will make quite a difference in price because insurance companies can't really give you a hard time if it is listed.
 
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brenndatomu

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But you are talking about how well they function. But you have no idea.
Chill out man, you made your point...have a bad weekend?
 
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clancey

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The double doors on that stove looks like it would be easy loading with big pieces of wood. The streamlined top to the stove that could be a cook top to me is wonderful as well as that ledge catching stuff that might fall from the stove...I love the looks of these stoves and the power look of the larger piping as well...Yea I do not know the inner workings of stoves and never claimed to know stoves for I still am a little hesitant even to light my new stove this month for the first time..I do know a lot of people seem really to be dedicated to these stoves and their value has remained pretty darn good as well..If the ul is there $500 on 50 year old stove (if that what it is) seems pretty darn good to me. That stove could be fixed up beautifully and have gold on those massive doors that are hard to find these days. This is a intact stove and all the person has to do is check it out. Some people with maybe some extra money would like a stove like this in their homes or shops even for the conversations that it might bring to the surface about these old stoves. i can picture it maybe with those pretty gold feet and maybe some designs in gold added to it...I love the looks of these stoves and always will. I do not know the workings of them and never will for I just admire them for the history and what they have contributed to our world of today... You bhollar do not know jest and I poked at you with something that I thought would be humorous expecting you to go on "the spin" about today"s stoves being so much more cleaner and better running then those of yesteryear. Which by the way I agree with.....But it became personal and even with that it went on and on and then some other folks have joined in about my stance with personal swipes--I never said that I was a stove expert just that I really like the stoves and it went on and on-------------you gentlemen are wrong with your insinuations on how ignorant I am when I just like those beautiful stoves from years ago and I never once said that I knew about the stove workings..now there's been an attack on my word choice and use when you all did not get the very first post that I made in the first place that bhollar likes more modern stoves...Who the hell do you think you all are to attack a simple post and go on and on and on with it in a harassing and insulting way...My posting on this thread is over...clancey