I was helping folks move in with in-laws who had an old closed up storefront downstairs. We were moving their kitchen stove in there for storage and I spotted a small coal stove sitting next to the wall. I asked what they were going to do with the old stove and they said "Carry it to the dump for scrap." I asked if I could have it and they said I could have it if I moved it because they didn't want to mess it. "No problem." I said. Got my son and an appliance dolly and we loaded it into my pickup. Estimated weight is around 250-300 lbs. It has a white enamel on a steel shell on the sides and a white enamel door on the front. I did a search and found one on Ebay that looks almost exactly like mine. The only difference appears to be at the rear where there appear to be two types of air feed linkage on my stove and my stove appears to be equipped with a DHW coil or chamber in the rear of the stove and my stove is equipped with coal shaker grates. There are three different air feed louvers at different points on this stove depending on if your burning wood, hard or soft coal.
The stove was manufactured by L A Althoff from Dekalb Illinois. It had been moved from a basement in Shamokin Pa to the storefront in Coal Township Pa when the storefront was a church a few years back. It has two burner plates on top and can burn wood or coal. The shaker handle, and usual tools such as small shovels and tool to lift the top round burner plates were found on the floor next to it. They even gave me the small galvanized bucket they to put the ashes in. Other than some deterioration at the flue outlet it appears to be in good shape. They told me they used it to heat the 20x40 church up till about two years ago when the church closed. The church had used both hard bagged coal and 40 lb bags of wood pellets. To burn the wood pellets they had bent a hot air floor register to a basket shape so it would fit into the stove and then started a small wood fire and put a mix of wood pellets and nut coal in. They said the stove fired up hot and heated the church all day.
I found the following description on the ebay stove: A. ALTHOFF CORPORATION OF CHICAGO STOVE WOOD COAL OVEN AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE PICTURES. WHITE ENAMEL FINISH ALL AROUND. TWO BURNERS ON TOP WHICH CAN EITHER BE USED AS A STOVE OR REMOVED FOR FIREPLACE USAGE. FEW CHIPS AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE PICTURES.
PROBABLY MADE IN THE 1920's.
The specification discloses as a stove, oven or heater taking combustion air and operable selectively as a stove and a fireplace and being double walled in its back sides and bottom. In operation as a stove, combustion air flows into a bottom passage covering the bottom of the fire chamber, up a back passage covering the back of the fire chamber and down a preheating passage in the back passage and into the lower portion of the fire chamber, secondary air also flowing from the back passage into the upper portion of the fire chamber. It can also be used for fireplace operation. A door can be opened to supply air through the door opening.
We plan on cleaning it up, regasketing and sealing it up and then putting it in my sons 1/2 double home. If it can put out around 50K BTU's it will cut his oil bill in about 1/2. Not bad for free huh?
I'll be taking some pictures of it later today for posting on here. I know everyone loves pictures.