I decided to start a new thread to cover refurbishing the Salvo Citation stove that I bought a few days ago. This initial post will be a bit long as I summarize info from my previous post where I was looking to buy a Vermont Castings Resolute. Here is a link to that thread for anyone interested in that history:http://nepacrossroads.com/about15049.html
My appreciation to users rewinder, dlj, VigIIPeaBurner, and coal berner among others for their input on that post and through pm.
So I have been cruising Craigslist and ebay for coal stoves and had the requirements of: good looking parlor stove to use in my living room, short enough to reset slightly into the fireplace and cheap enough to pay for itself quickly. I presently use a Jotul 8 wood stove to supplement a propane floor heater and heat 1200 ft2 for around $1100/yr plus 1.5 cords of wood that I scrounge for free. The house is 100 yrs old and has only modest insulation. Cooking and hot water are also propane, so our total energy bill is not too bad. I kept hearing great stories about coal heat, propane prices were climbing, and I could see the firewood game getting old after awhile, so I decided it was worth a small investment to try coal. I have 2 daughters in college, so money is a bit tight, and I don't mind fixing old stuff that interests me, so I searched for an older stove.
By the way here is a great free tool for searching multiple craigslist areas at once (I love it):http://download.cnet.com/Free-CraigsList-Reader-Pro/3000-2379_4-10791326.html
While looking for a VC Resolute, I kept seeing the Citation at very good prices and decided to buy the one pictured for $150. It has the exhaust on the back, at 30 in height with 6 in feet can be made short enough for my fireplace, and has a blower to push air through a heat exchanger area and out the front. You can see from the pictures that the grates look ideal for coal. It is not as good looking as the Resolute, but with fresh paint, and at such a low price, it will do. Salvo was based in Fall River MA but has gone out of business, so replacement parts are limited.
The work I need to do is:
Cut the legs short so it will fit in my fireplace.
Drill out the rivets holding the homemade heat shield on top.
Extend the front plate from 6 in to 8 in height for a deeper fire bed.
Replace broken firebrick.
Install with barometric damper.
Rewinder suggested a a variable speed control for the blower, a great suggestion, and coal berner provided the link to an affordable rheostat:http://www.northlineexpress.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=5SA-4008
I was a couple of towns over recently getting my driver's license renewed and remembered that there was a stove shop in the area. Tracked it down and found that they carried the Stove Bright paint. So I got 2 cans of the Metallic Black. That should give a nicer finish than the Rustoleum I was considering using.
So yesterday I started the refurb. I borrowed a friend's grinder and cut down the legs by 3 inches, so that the height is now 27 in. That leaves 2+ in clearance over the top for heat to pass below the brick fireplace opening. I plan to set the stove about 3 in into the fireplace to save room in my small house and not have to extend the hearth outward. This setup has worked well with my Jotul. Since the stove is surrounded by brick, I can get away with tight clearances. One image shows the stove moved into my garage for cleaning and painting, another the house I live in.