Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: smithy On: Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:13 pm

OK I got a coal source here in Indiana and am going to pull out the pellet heater and go for coal !!
now where do I get an appliance ? lots of folks like the glenwood and I can get a rebuilt one shipped from back east all purdy and ready to go or i can go look at a brilliant sunshine in Utah.

Anybody have any experience with this stove ? or insight

Thanks
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: wsherrick On: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:42 pm

Regardless of the stove you choose, you want one that is in perfect condition. I can vouch for the Glenwoods obviously. The Reading Base Burner there is a beautiful and efficient stove as well, but; No 1 The Reading stove you have pictured here is a small to medium sized stove, and I don't know how much house you are wanting to heat. No.2 I don't know what kind of condition the Reading stove is in. No 3 the Reading stove is fairly rare and parts for it might be hard to come by if it is missing or has broken pieces.
Glenwoods are very common and parts are easily found or fabricated to maintain them. They are also very low maintainence stoves and extrememly easy to operate. They are also highly efficient.
If you can buy a Glenwood that is all restored and good to to go. I would lean toward that.

One other item to consider is that the Reading Stove is strictly an Anthracite stove. It is NOT designed to burn wood or any other type of coal. To do so would ruin it. A Glenwood Oak with an indirect back pipe or the top of the line Glenwood Base Heater can burn wood if you need to as well as coal.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:06 am

While the Reading is a fine looking stove, I'd say the Glenwood would be much less maintainance and depending on the size you get, a more powerful heater. The mica on the Reading will take allot of attention to keep clean and tight. They all have to be sealed and leak free.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:00 am

Hi smithy and wecome to the forum.

The Reading stove looks really like my Bride, I mean my Golden Bride stove. The Penn Garnet, Reading, Merry Bride and the Golden Bride stoves seem to be coming from the same head(s) and look about the same. Not rare at that era. But the finial on the Reading is more like the one on the Golden B.
They were usualy made in 3 sizes, 12,14 and 16 In. diameter of firepots. For my use a small one was perfect due to my small living room but if you want to heat a large area you must go bigger. I have not use it yet so don't know its' performances but it should works good. These stove have all the nice options found on the best Base Burner stoves. For burning wood, I think nothing beat a new EPA wood stove. But when you get used to anthracite burning, you completly forget the wood... As said from others, that stove could be harder to maintain than a Glenwood one, so many windows/micas... but in my case it was OK for that very small stove having a more "square" shape.
If in perfect shape I wouldn't be scared of the Reading stove but with an antique stove, it's a good thing to be handy, especially with the Reading one.
Keep on posting
P/S, do you know if the 2 side wings and foot rails are missind?
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:07 am

From the picture it looks like the stove is painted. If that is not heat resistant paint it would have to be stripped off. Whether to buy it would depend on condition, price, and how far you would have to travel. Also the available coal in your area.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: smithy On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:50 am

Wow Thanks guys!!
What a great forum you can ask a little and get a lot of information. Excellent points to ponder. I guess for me it comes down to a couple things, get a rebuilt stove by a stove re-builder or do it my self .Get a glenwood (lot of good points mentioned ) Or get a unit with larger glass viewing area. Your bride is a real looker. My pellet burner throws off a romantic glow, nudge nudge wink wink and you have to keep up the cleaning as well .

decisions decisions ..

thanks all
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:54 am

Smithy, an important thing for you would be to know the size of these 2 stoves (No. and/or firepot size) so it will be easier to know the BTU output of each one. Then if you could tell us how many Sq.Fts the house has, n. of levels, insulation, windows, air circulator( furnace air handler...), where you want the stove located(level or basement)...and your location, all that could help.
I really like the look of my stove but also think it will need more attention than a Glenwood stove, more windows/micas=more air leaks possibility and more cleaning. In my case it's not a problem cause this stove is only a complement to the VigII. But if you need a simple stove to operate and have a higher heat output need (from your photo the Reading stove seems a 12" firepot so a small one), the Glenwood could be a winner.
Good luck
P/S the yellow glow in my stove is only from a bulb, like it in Summer time to get ""colder"".
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: smithy On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:31 pm

Well I have a pole-barn house open concept hardly any walls or doors 900sq down 600 up ,250 sq low e glass r19 side and r30 vaulted ceilings slab on grade 2" extruded polystyrene under 4" concrete, radiant floor heat uses average 800-1100 gallons LP/ year. The shop side 2200 sq' 16' ceilings not finished yet torpedo heat when working . want an efm520 for that and then tie in the house as well in the future.
have decided to buy rebuilt stove. now which one ?...
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: wsherrick On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:51 pm

I think Emery at Antique Stove Hospital has a Glenwood No 6 that he has just finished. They sell as soon as he gets them. Call him up. A No 6 would be the right size for your house or a Base Heater of equivilent size. You want one that has at least a 16 inch fire pot. That will do the trick and you will be a happy camper.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: nortcan On: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:24 pm

Plus, with the No.6, you get a bonus: the best owners' manual : the six pack Willians' videos you can watch and learn a lot about ant burning.
If someone decide one day to make a new antique stove, it must come with an "Owners' Video".
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: smithy On: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:32 pm

are the bodies sheet metal on the glenwoods or other base heaters ? or cast iron?
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: wsherrick On: Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:21 am

smithy wrote:are the bodies sheet metal on the glenwoods or other base heaters ? or cast iron?


The barrels are made of Russian steel and they are very, very durable. All the base heaters and most all of these stoves have a Russian Steel barrel. The only Base Heater I know of that is solid cast iron is an Oakvale Andes and they are very rare indeed. One of our Forum members has an Oakvale Andes. The steel barrel is good because it is easy and inexpensive to replace if need be. Also it allows for quick heating once the fire is going. The coal bed stays below the Barrel and it will not burn out unless the stove is abused. The same thing will happen with cast iron. The barrel on my Glenwood No 9 Base Heater is the original from 1900 installed at the Glenwood factory. It will still be good after I am long gone. Everything else on these stoves is made of cast iron.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: wsherrick On: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:31 am

nortcan wrote:Plus, with the No.6, you get a bonus: the best owners' manual : the six pack Willians' videos you can watch and learn a lot about ant burning.
If someone decide one day to make a new antique stove, it must come with an "Owners' Video".


Thank you Nortcan, I couldn't ask for a better endorsement than that. I hope the videos will help others with their stoves this year. We have a lot more people with Base Burners this year than last. It's a good thing.
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: smithy On: Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:16 am

I don't know guys I keep going back and forth,I just don't think the glenn will through off enough light and the sunshine is no bride but defiantly a sister and good looking from all angles. if i look at a used one and do the work myself i will know what i got.I guess my only hold back is that i have only one fuel choice .
continual thanks to you all

smithy
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Re: Reading stove works brilliant sunshine

PostBy: nortcan On: Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:15 pm

[quote="smithy"]I don't know guys I keep going back and forth,I just don't think the glenn will through off enough light and the sunshine is no bride but defiantly a sister and good looking from all angles. if i look at a used one and do the work myself i will know what i got.I guess my only hold back is that i have only one fuel choice .
continual thanks to you all


smithy
I would like to tell you that the micas (48 on the Bride) will stay clean in the stove but not sure. So if they get ash dust on them, forget the fire sun shine. My idea is the micas will become more "opaque" than a glass with the heat,time and ash dust. Just suppositions but don't forget the 48 ones. Better to have an other bride for the cleaning LOL. If they stay clean just better! On my VigII, since I made 2 holes in the front doors (you can see it at: A different VigII...), the air "wash" draft keeps the glasses completly clean all the time. Anyway with an ant burning fire, it's not as nice as a beautiful wood fire but lot and lot af times a better and easier way to heat you home.
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