JessicaD wrote:Thanks so much for the responses - I looked at the videos and am intrigued! Unfortunately, I shared this with my husband who is not looking to start up yet another project. I am thinking about listing this stove on craigslist and/or ebay. Would anyone have suggestions on a fair price for this? I am in the Boston area. Many thanks, Jessica
What I would do is have the stove professionally restored. You live near several places that are nationally known for Antique Stove restorations and sales. There is Barnstable Stove Shop, Antique Stove Hospital, and Good Time Stove Company. All are good places. All have good web sites to go to. Good Time Stove Company is a lot more expensive than the other guys for some reason, but; any of them would do an excellent job of restoring your stove. You said you found the stove installed in a fireplace. How old is the house? If it is Victorian or before, that stove may have been part of the house hold since it was new. It would be a crime to discard an important part of the house's history out of hand if that is the case. My Stanley was made in 1891, the year yours was made should be on a stamp somewhere. What I would do is restore the stove and put it right back in the fireplace it came out of and benefit from the warmth and enjoyment that can only be had from a beautiful and functional coal stove. It is there when the power goes out, it is there no matter what to provide you with comfort and economy. Plus you have a unique item that will be a source of pride, and conversation when friends and family come over for a visit. Everyone who visits my home and observes my two stoves in operation are always amazed that these, "antiques." are so efficient and effective. I depend on my stoves for 100% of my heating needs and wouldn't have it any other way. Now I'm not suggesting that you do the same,but; a coal stove for supplemental heat at least is highly recommended.
Just think long and hard about it before you decide. Don't do something you will regret later.