Just a quick ?
I picked up a old Atlanta stove works #60 potbelly in very good condition no rust no paint just stove polished with a few xtra legs thrown in.
My ? ..I have her hooked up an have been playin with it this weekend since we have had a cool snap,is it normal for the burnpot to glow a bit? not BRIGHT RED but a mid range glow when she is filled to the load door and drafted down as far as she will go ?...I have seen old pictures an cartoons and they seem to show the lower part of the belly "GLOWIN"
She is throwing a massive amount of heat for her size and is warming my 20X30 shop to 80+ in no time.
she is setting on a nice 6"raised stone hearth built on a concrete floor.
I have a manual draft in the 6" pipe bought 12" up from the stove wich I close when she is up an running and as much air shut down as it will allow, she is far from "AIR TIGHT"...lol.
Barometric damper installed bought 2.5 ft. above the manual damper,then a 90 out 4 ft. through the wall, stack temp is minimal I can lay a hand on the horizontal pipe above the barometric damper for a few seconds when the belly of the beast is glowing a slight red.
Burning anthracite Nut coal.
Grate system is pretty much a flat plate that is poor at shaking down the coals, you can get bought 2" of movement side to side but it does not do much but it will dump the ashes in a second if ya flip the grate, I have found it best to let the fire die and dump the ash, I can have a NEW fire in bought 15 minutes after the dump and relight.
I do not know the yr. this unit was manufactured and have had no luck finding info on the web on it other than Atlanta Stove workls is out buisiness/sold to another manufacturer.
I will be using her mostly on the weekends when i have time to be in the shop an tinker.
Just tryin to offset the OIL$$$ MONSTER that is the primary heat here in the shop.
Any info would be great.