wsherrick wrote:First of all; let's see some pictures of your Base Burner!! I burn nut in my Stanley Argand. Your stove will probably burn both Nut or Pea. It depends on how wide the gaps are in the grates. Some models of Glenwood Base burners are rated as the most efficient ever produced, that includes the modern box stoves. They can really crank out the heat on a minimum of coal if you operate them correctly. The thing about Base Burners is that they were designed to burn Anthracite Coal. You can burn wood in them, but; only if you have them set in the direct, updraft mode. If you set them on the circulating mode burning wood, the stove saps out so much heat from the exhaust you will cause creosote to build up in side the passages and the chimney, and that's not a good thing. Base Burners also need a healthy draft to pull the exhaust through the heat exchanging passages so maybe a Barometric Damper will work or not, there are others here who know a whole lot more about those than I do. I am going to try one on my stove next Winter to see how it works. I would most definitely put a manuel pipe damper in it, if your draft is strong enough you can put two of them in a few feet apart from each other. I've seen that done many times. I know ONE thing for sure though; a good Glenwood Base Burner will blow the Resolute away when it comes to performance and ease of maintenance.
What works very good for me on warmer days is to allow a good layer of ash to remain on the grates and thus the fire just pokes along for hour after hour on simmer. It will take some experimentation and observation on your part to learn your stove, but; once you do you won't trade it. Again let's see some pictures.
Well, I'd love to post some pictures, but the stove is about a 4 hour drive from me at this point. My wife and I are planning a trip up to pick it up and drive it to Rhode Island to bring it to a guy out there to get it fully restored. I should take pictures of it both before and after and post them.
I am really looking forward to burning coal in it, especially after what you've said. I sure liked coming home to a nice toasty living room where the Resolute was burning... Now if the Glenwood works even better, that would be awesome!
I should tell you a little about the history of this wood stove. I was helping a farmer clean out an old barn when I was about 12 years old. We kept finding metal parts in one of the loose hay bins we were cleaning. I put the parts outside the barn and when we were done, it looked like it was a complete wood stove. I asked the farmer if I could have it and he said sure. So I brought it home and sure enough, it was a complete stove.
We put it in our family workshop on our farm and it ran there until I left to my own place and then I brought it with me. I lived there a number of years where it ws my sole source of heat, living on a mountain that had serious winter...
Then I decided to go to college and the stove went back to the family workshop. I met a woman in college and we decided we should get married and so when I finished up college I was heading out to live in Europe, where she was from. I was torn with what to do with my wood stove. So I decided to sell it since bringing it to Europe was not realistic. A friend of mine said she knew someone that was interested. So we met up and they wanted to buy it. I kept looking at it and was really hating the idea of parting with it. So I told them they could buy it outright paying me what it was worth or they could give me $20 and if I ever came back from Europe, I could take it back. They opted for the second option.
Well, 10 years later I returned to the US and wanted to get my stove. Only problem was I couldn't remember who the heck it was I'd made that deal with. Several years later, I found the friend that had hooked us up in the first place. I asked her if she remembered who it was and sure enough, she did. It had been her sister. So I called up her sister and they did in fact still have the stove and I could come get it. Well, I was living in an apartment in New York City and there was no place for a stove like that. So she hung onto it for several more years. Finally, I was up visiting and was told I needed to pick up my stove if I wanted it so I found a place to store it and went to pick it up. My wife was thinking I was completely nuts - going to pick up a rusty old wood stove - until she saw it. Now she's telling me I'm nuts not to restore it and put it back in use. Good thing at least one person here has good sense...
If all goes well, this coming winter will be the first time I'll be using my old stove again since 1978.... I am very much looking forward to it...