I haven't a clue what possesed me to buy this.. I must have been infected by the dreaded BB Virus. I'm gonna blame the forum, and it's enthusiastic
hand fed, antique stove, Base Burner Enthusiasts for infecting me with the BB Virus..
You guys KNOW who you are !!
You see, I don't have a useable chimney in my home.. the only remaining chimney is a fireplace with a very low lintle, so I have no place to even give this stove a 'trial burn'.. unless I disconnect my propane boiler from it's chimney for a few hours or days..
A week ago, I was out making a run through antiques shops, and ran across this stove:
It appeared to be complete, maybe missing a cover over the loading hatch above the magazine, something I can turn on the lathe from steel plate.
I went back this Monday, with a fellow forum buddy, who helped me look it over for cracks, missing parts, welds, bondo, epoxy, etc, etc..
We decided that in general it was in pretty good shape.
It had been taken apart, some repairs to metal parts done, then reassembled with new hardware and sealant.
The Mica in the windows is new, and fairly well done,, I'll have to use some 'Ultra Black' RTV to seal them up.
The stove has ZERO nickel.. the whole stove has either black paint or stove polish on it.. the inside of doors, lids etc seem to be flat black, but the outside seems to be more of a gray-black sort of glossy finish.. more on this later.
The Magazine is intact, and the direct exhaust vent/diverter door/baseburner vent are in the 'normal' position, just like on Piere's 'Bride' and Jim's new find: the 'Quick Time' stove.
The grate is the type in in Jim's Quick Time stove, with the two clamshell pieces geared together, but this looks more like a recipe to dump the fire. I tried the handle on these clamshell pieces. If a person is really carefull, they could be just 'shook' and not dump the fire. The circular grate has a handle with a sliding air 'seal' on the right side of the stove, I don't have this installed right now, the grate is out, because I'm dismantling the stove to get parts nickeled.
The stove has a second internal vent or door, that will pull hot air from around the outside of the firepot, which is a suspended firepot, this heated air is pulled into the back diverter chamber, and it's heat is added to the back of the stove.. this heated air is pulled from around the suspended firepot as well as from the ashpan, so this acts as a draft reducer of combustion air through the fire. There are small flapper doors that would be pulled open by a strong chimney draft, in essence like a non-adjustable baro damper.
The heated base of the stove has an interesting feature, the exhaust/hot air comes down one side of the rear of the stove, into the base, and has to circle around a divider, make a 180* turn then return up the back of the stove to the flue pipe exit. This divider is a hollow tube or wall, The open end of it faces the floor, under the stove, and then the tube goes back into the diverter 'box' on the back of the stove,, where this hollow wall continues to the top of the diverter box, it always separates the downward and upward traveling exhaust gasses,, and of course this tube is then heated like the box and the base. The top of this hollow divider wall exits at the top of the rear box, I'm sure it will pump out lots of hot air, that was previously cold air off the floor. :
The top of the air vent, then the hot air can pick up even more heat off the back of the stove top and exit behind the top dome:
The ashpan door has a nice threaded control for the combustion air:
Since the stove has not been fired since it was 'painted', the paint washes right off, so I'm giving the parts I want to have nickeled a bath with Xylol and Laquer Thinner, to remove the paint, then I'll give them a quick sand-blast in the cabinet blaster, I think I can fit even the long side 'wings' inside my blast cabinet.. I hope.
If the price for the nickel is too steep, I may do only a few parts,, or this may be an all black 'Art Garland'.
The stove is made by the Michigan Stove Company, of Detroit and Chicago.. So it's a little piece of Michigan history..
I think I can sift my pea coal to remove the smaller pieces, and burn the larger 'thumb' sized pieces.. leaving the smaller Buck sized pieces for the Axeman boiler..
But I have no place to hook it up yet.. maybe an internal chimney is in my future.. just what I need, another building project.
I think I should have stayed home last Friday, and Monday..