At the same time it's good to force these stories of these old gems on the modern users
I am not really a fan of anything modern. I own mostly old cars, motorcycles, cameras, guns, house and so on. The way people lived in the past romances me and causes a love affair with these things of the past. Needless to say, when it came to buying a stove to heat my house, it wasn't going to be something new.
Honestly I stumbled on burning coal. I had all the intentions of using a wood stove. I couldn't get past the ugly looks of most wood stoves, so coal stoves became more appealing to me even though at the time I didn't really know they were coal stoves. We had just put a contract on a 19th century home while living in an apartment and the first thing I did was go on Craigslist and buy a Victorian wood stove (this really was a wood stove. Then when I started a new job and a co-worker heard me talking about stoves and websites he chimed in. I ended up agreeing to build him a small website for a cannon heater that he would sandblast and restore for me. Well he got as far as sand blasting it and replacing all the bolts and I told him I would take it from there as he wanted to spray paint it and I wanted to finish it with Rutlands and restore it a bit different. I can be picky like that. I never used the stove other than fire it with wood outside to cook an egg on but I plan on it one day. I still thought it was wood stove though. So one day I just happend to stop by a salvage yard and saw these little square stoves and asked the owner how much he wanted. He said "$125" as to which I replied "ehhhhhh..." he said "alright $90" I said " SOLD" . He told me they were popular coal stoves back in the day! This started my research and I found out that the cannon heater and WM 414A where coal stoves, thus starting th addiction to coal. Because of these little stoves I spent a couple thousand on my chimney to get it operational and safe again. I had all intentions of using that cannon heater to heat the house but when the workers got done with my chimney I measured the hearth and then the base of the cannon heater then cursed. It was too big for the hearth. I went over to the little WM that I had restored a month ago and put it in place, hooked the pipe up and shoved it with wood, lit the match! I was burning, yea! I shoved some old power plant bit on the wood fire and saw how long it lasted. Eventually I read enough on this forum to get a good grasp on coal and these antique stoves. I found a place to supply me with Blaschak coal and that's what I steady burn now in my antique stove.
Now enough with the life history and to how I like the stove. I love the Warm Morning 414A. I read all of these problems some of the people have with newer stoves and enjoy the simplicity of this stove. I have no blower to make noise or break and no Baro to fool with. It looks good in my house and does the job at keeping it mid 70s very well! I would suggest this stove to anyone, any day. It is easy to load, easy to shake down and you can configure it two ways with the reversible flue collar. It is ultra quiet and can burn anthracite and bituminous very well! If space is an issue but you want to buy an all nighter then this WM is a winner. It holds 40lbs of coal in its firebox and will go all day and night with minimal attention!
Now for you base heater guys. Y'all really have had such great things to say about Base burners that I am planning on buying one next year. I emailed Emery at the stove hospital about making a trip in 2012.
No offense to anyone buying new stoves but I see a lot of problems with fairly new stoves that I don't see people having with these antique stoves. So why spend over $1000 to buy a sheetmetal problem box when I can buy a piece of history that works? That was my way of looking at it. I only apply that logic to hand fired stoves as well. I understand the advantages to stokers and coal hoppers.
That's my story!