Well guys, I took a trip to Curwensville True Value Hardware Store yesterday to see this furnace. All I have to say is WOW!!! I sure wish I would have seen this before I purchased my current units a few years ago. It definetly has me thinking!
This Heather furnace sure is impressive. I checked it out and it looks very well made and the design is thoroughly thought out. This has got to be one heck of a great coal burning appliance from it's appearance. On display, is a cut out version of the furnace minus the blower assembly. What a great idea. The display model allows you to look into what is behind the furnace jacket and see the round combustion chamber and rear kidney style heat exchanger. It is really looks cool!
I received a nickel tour of his cast iron parts building, where all kinds of older and out of production parts are shelved. I just can't believe the amount of original old cast iron stove heater parts and furnace parts he has. He also has a good bit of original patterns for commonly replaced parts for these old furnaces. I have never seen such a vast amount of selection of cast iron stove parts like this anywhere. I'm not talking about kitchen range stoves, but old parlor style heaters and mostly old cast iron furnace parts.
Everyone I talked to there was extremely friendly and more than willing to spend time talking and explaining about their products and parts. I felt very welcome there and this is defintely going to be a place I will return to visit. Next time I'm going with a parts list. I was a little unprepared because I wasn't aware of all the parts he had.
So guys, I just thought that I would share my wonderful experience at the Curwensville True Value Hardware Store. This is a place to put on the list to visit! I know that you will be amazed and shocked to see all of the parts he has, as I was, plus getting a chance to see the Heather Furnace in person was a real treat! The only thing that would be the icing on the cake is to actually see the Heather Furnace in operation there.
If you can, visit, you'll be glad you did, especially if you either need old parts or you are in the market for either a hand fired anthracite central warm air furnace or boiler.