offcoursey wrote:I found a Glacier Bay stove on Craig's $150. Ad says it is in good condition. The blower has been removed and is gone. Can I cover the hole with a plate and use the stove as a free standing in my basement? It does have a thick plate to hold the coal in the front.
The short answer is yes, you can cover the hole with a plate and use it as a free standing unit in your basement. Would you be able to see this before making a commitment? Generally, coal stoves are built to last but you'd want to check out the grates - are they warped and do they move freely; also check any seams for cracks. Does the stove have a lot of rust? What about the doors - are they warped? You can always replace gaskets but is the door itself warped? Is there any sign of warping in the fire box? None of these things are necessarily deal breakers but you'd want to know if you have to replace or repair any of it before you buy. $150 isn't a lot for a coal stove but it could become more expensive if you have to replace or repair things.
Do a search of the Forum (upper right hand corner) on Glacier Bay coal stoves and you will find some good conversations about the stove. Good Luck, Lisa