ramblerboy2 wrote:Will take some pictures tomorrow. This little stove has a little tiny grate and hopper. Hoping I can get it up and operating before it gets really cold. It has been mild here so far. I remember seeing lots of these Surdiac stoves when I was a kid growing up in Connecticut. Most were the fancy kind that looks like a little house with a mansard roof. I prefer this modern style.
That is the type I saw a quite a few of also. They look like a little house and run on pea coal. They were a good stove though and there are still lots of them around. Franco B should check in and comment as he is quite familiar with these type, but I do know that the hopper was weak spot that often got bent and stuck (in the house type surdiac's).
You'll want to fix that bent damper arm so that the damper is closed when it's supposed to be closed on low (I would think). I'm not so sure that low to moderate is they way to run it. It's a small stove as it is. You can run it fairIy hot within reason without worry. I wouldn't be afraid to run the stove within it's design limits. Good luck with it.