Panzer77 wrote:I'm glad I found this thread. I have not been able to locate much information regarding old Fuller & Warren stoves. I just recently picked up a Stewart Hot Blast Oak No. 112 in very good condition. I love how ornate this old stove is and was luck to find one in such good shape. I hope someone here my know of where I might locate the finial as mine is missing. Yes that's a candle in side (have not had a chance to run pipe yet).
I've never seen a Stewart Oak Hot Blast. I'm sure it is similiar in design to the Florence, Globe and other hot blast stoves. It is very attractive and the nickel will be beautiful once you get it shined up. Getting the correct finial for the stove will be very difficult. What you should do is get one that looks nice and put it on there until you can find the right one. These stoves need their finial.
One thing about your stove. It is a heat making machine. These stoves are very efficient and advanced in concept. They are designed to burn Bituminous coal in a much more efficient manner than a typical Oak Stove. They provide super heated secondary air over the top of the fire pot to ignite the volatile gasses produced by soft coal. That's why it is called a, "hot blast," stove. Anthracite will burn very well in these stoves as well. If your stove is complete it should have an iron ring around the top of the fire pot with little holes in it. This is where the secondary air is admitted over the fire.
If I was in a region that had Bituminous Coal rather than Anthracite, this is the design of stove that I would choose to heat my home. I wouldn't settle for less.