Franco Belge model #144.08.02

Franco Belge model #144.08.02

PostBy: JBethlehem On: Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:11 pm

I am considering buying a Franco Belge model #144.08.02 Coal Stove. It uses a 5" Stainless Steel pipe off back. I have a brick Chimney lined with teracada pipe. I am planning on venting the unit through my fireplace and was wondering if I will beed to run stainless steel pipe all the way to the top of the chimney or ust a few feet past the damper and smoke shelf? It is about 15 feet of Chimney ( I live in a Ranch House). the Stove I am considfering is for sale on craigs list and appears to be in good condition. It uses pea coal. Anyone have any thought or reccommendations? This is the first time I am considering purchase of a coal stove.
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge model #144.08.02
Stove/Furnace Model: Franco Belge model #144.08.02

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Re: Franco Belge model #144.08.02

PostBy: pine grove coal user On: Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:20 pm

My mother had a franco belge stove. It gave her many years of good service.
Hers was vented into the fireplace. At first the pipe was put in to just above the smoke shelf. A few years later the fireplace was closed off with a piece of stainless steel below the smoke shelf and the pipe was then run to just below the smoke shelf. Both methods worked fine. If anything, there was too much draft. She lives in a ranch house with an open field in front of her. When the wind screamed across the field and hit her house the draft was too much. This was fixed by having two manual dampers installed in the pipe.
I think running the pipe all the way up to the top of the chimney is a waste of time and money (assuming the chimney is in good conditon).
pine grove coal user
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: H. S. Tarm, model 202, 1980
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Reading 'bucket a day' stove in storage, waiting for attention
Coal Size/Type: Pea, from Little Buck mine
Other Heating: New Yorker oil burner which almost never runs, thanks to the Tarm!