g13nw00d-man wrote:Well Chrystal is Home,
She is sitting proud, watching vigilantly over the living room. I will be posting a full resto on her once I get started. I do have a few questions for those of you in New England.
1- Where is the best place to re-dip the (boot rests,top skirt,fineal, and 5 knobs)
2- roughly how much will that cost I am not doing the dome and what kind of prep do I need to do on the pieces before I send them out
3-Where is the best place to recast the burner plate, if I cannot track one down.(there is a cut steal piece in there now which fits great) I just want her 100%
I will have some more questions but we will start with these... Thank you in advance.. Jason...
Jason, I'm glad you're giving the Crawford a try. Should be a fairly easy restoration too. As far as the nickel plating goes, I would phone Bryant's Stove in Thorndike Maine. Whomever they use does a good job. Also The Love Barn in Orland could give you a quote too. (yep that's the name) and Mark MacLeoad is the owner. My guess would be between $200- $300 to replate those parts. That said, you may want to wait on that and make sure the stove is going to fit your application before spending that much money. If you do decide there is no prep work to do in advance. You sent the parts away, they come back nickel plated. They do all the prep at the plating shop.
Not sure what you mean by the "burner plate"? Are you taking about the shaker grate? The round grate with the fork for dumping and shaking? There are two foundry's that people use that I know do good work. Tomahawk Foundry in Wis. and Auburn Stove foundry here in Maine. They will cast any new part you need but you need something for them to copy (like the original). You get back exactly what you send pretty much. You can also check Woodsman'sparts plus.com for round dump grates that might fit your stove also.
I actually have a brand new one that I had cast for my Star Herald which is the same size as your stove I think, but you would need to measure and see what yours requires. I cast it as a spare and still have the original in the stove.