As most of you know, I was searching for an upgrade for the Star Herald that complimented my Glenwood cook range in the kitchen. These two heated my big 226 year old raambling house here on the Maine coast last season. One or the the other (usually the Herald in the center of three chimneys) would suffice during spring or fall and both in the winter. I used only maybe 40 gal of heating oil last year and that was only because I was gone for a week. While we did have a mildish winter last year, these two did well down to about low teens, high single digits before I needed to "help". Fortunately we didn't have the normal 2 weeks of below zero weather that we sometimes get in Jan or Feb. I wanted to get a stove with enough horsepower (and controllability) to handle any situation without pushing as hard. The Herald performed admirably for a 10" firepot but loved to run in it's sweetspot of 450 and would do so for as long as you fed it. It didn't like to run low temps for extended periods because it wasn't an airtight stove. Enter=The Modern Oak 116.
I had been on the lookout for a Glenwood #6 and almost bought one a couple of times. You know the story. Something was wrong, or the timing wasn't right, or it was 800 miles away etc...Making a long story short, I found this Modern Oak 116 within a 100 miles of home here and it was great original shape. While I had my heart set on a #6, this stove is the same top as the 6, without the double bottom. Instead it has the divided back pipe option. It is of the same series as my cookstove too so they sort of match.
Being the same 16" pot as the #6, i think I will get close to similar performance out of this stove. The following are some pix of the stove as found and the restoration I'm just about done with. Being air tight, I think this one will have allot better control and probably heat the house by itself for more time than the old set up did. I'll use the cookstove too, when needed, but I feel like my coal consumption won't change that much due to the fact that this stove will heat the house by itself for longer then the Herald did, plus it will run lower and longer on loads. We'll see but I did order an extra ton to be sure. Here's the first few pix as the restoration began. Check out the original grates in the 3rd picture in excellent shape. The pot needs relining though. I'll post the rebuild bit by bit as it happened for anyone interested in the process.