009to090 wrote:I am seeing a price of almost $10,000 for it . Wow!!!
that's the beauty of living in the USA, we have this thing called the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, it guarantees Freedom of Speech. This thread is an example of such freedom, upholding the fact we are all entitled to our own opinion on things such as stoves, etc- and I'd like to exercise my rights as well, being an American Citizen born/raised here for 51 years now, and family living here for 113 years, and 5 generations, correction now it's 6 generations.
this is an old thread but well worth reviving
$10,000 for a vintage BB coal stove ?? - do the math, I'm heating my home with coal at the cost of $400/year with a Harman Mk I modern stove
for the asking price of that vintage BB stove, I can heat my house for 25 years. By then I'd be 76 years old, if I live that long.
is it worth it ? No. You can't win for losing in the long run.
it's obvious there is some serious hype and speculation being done with these BB stoves. Truth be told, they are not even equal to the best new stoves, and inferior, as the BB stoves are missing one critical element. they lack a fan to blow the heat out of the stove. That alone adds more efficiency to a new stove, than all the multiple passages inside an old BB.
a fan pushes more heat than multiple pipe passages. If you have a fan, you don't need pretzel like internal pipe passages, one simple heat exchanger is enough. Airflow over the heat exchanger removes a massive amount of heat from the stove, pushing it into the room.
just like the cooling fan and radiator on your car does. See, technology has progressed in 100 years.
If the claim to fame for a vintage BB is 10' or 12' of additional stovepipe passage inside the stove, you can just add that length outside a new stove and achieve the same effect- a huge outboard radiator. Heck, the old hot air furnaces did that with ducting that were installed in basements and cellars- they weren't "base burners". They added ductwork to the stove and ran it to upstairs rooms with registers in the floor. They moved the radiating heat directly to the rooms.
these BB stoves were parlor stoves, not main heating coal furnaces. A furnace that heated an entire home, was much larger and more complex.
the steel and cast iron on a vintage stove, is also inherently weaker than new castings which use a more precise metallurgy and nickel content.
read the lines on these threads, then read between the lines. The reason they don't make stoves like that anymore, is it's like going to Hades to light a match. The people saying they are "better than any new box stove" have not tried many new box stoves, how would they know ?