A visit to DS Machine

A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: Beeman On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:24 am

Last Friday, I went with my father to DS Machine (238B Old Laycock Rd, Gordonville, PA, 17529, 717-768-3853) to find some parts to repair one of their Riteburn stoves. This stove was in a Quaker Meeting House and had been overfired, warping some of the steel around the door housing, as well as the door itself. Also, the draft control device had been damaged with the lettering destroyed and the plastic control knob melted away. Must have been some high temperature....

In any case, I found the DS location, which is close to the town I grew up in, and looked around the retail part of the operation. They had some stoves on display, but surprisingly few. I am sure they had other stock and could fabricate relatively quickly any of the stoves in their line. I was more impressed by the black pipe and chimney liner supplies, the general stove products and supplies, and their selection of registers. If anyone needs a register, think about calling them with your measurements--great selection as shown in photo below.

I spoke with either David or Amos Stoltzfus--not sure which--who was very knowledgable about the Riteburn, how to fix it, how the draft control was designed to work, etc. I bought a new control, which they make on site. Also got some hi temp silicone caulk to fix some cracks due to warping. Should have the stove repaired in no time.

I am very pleased with my Hitzer 503 insert, but if I needed a freestanding stove, I would stongly consider a DS. Their products, knowledge, and support are impressive in every respect.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
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Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:14 am

Nice review and cool trip to the location. DS Machine is a cool story and company. One that has recognised competent designs and made a nice product for a fair price. Can't get much better then that.
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:20 am

When I went to see Amos and pickup my 1600 I was more interested in the stoves and boilers they had on display. Some of which were operating. I was also intrigued by their warehouse in back.

You go there and you take a picture of air registers. :what: :bop:

Yes, DS Machines is a cool place making awesome products at a reasonable price. They also have an excellent selection of air registers, piping, and dampers. Nice review. :)
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Re: A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:11 pm

Yep, you need to out back where the stoves are made...
The pummice chimney liners they have for new or relining chimneys are nice too...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: coal bob On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:40 pm

CapeCoaler wrote:Yep, you need to out back where the stoves are made...
The pummice chimney liners they have for new or relining chimneys are nice too...

i just wish they had a website :o
coal bob
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Ds machine basement#4 stove with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Nut anthracite
Other Heating: Propane
Stove/Furnace Make: ds machine
Stove/Furnace Model: basement #4 stove with hopper

Re: A visit to DS Machine

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:59 pm

They have phones, be lucky for that...
If you call them they will mail you whatever information they have...
Very prompt about getting it in the mail too...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
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