The Russo #2 w/blower

The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:57 pm

Well I did it! Found a Russo off C-list for $120. Looks like it was only used with wood. Got her home and hit the thermo with a torch and the blower came on and is very quite, also blew out the previous owners ceiling tile chunks. Seems to have all the parts, firebrick a bit chewed up from logs but not cracked.

Has a serial# 11035. Can I ascertain the year built? To folks that use or had owned a Russo, I noticed the shaker arm move only about 6" and grates 1/2" is this correct or is jammed?

Ash door seal is weak, glass door tight. Cleaning her now and will do an outdoor firing for issues.

Here's some pixs.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:57 pm

My sister ran one for many years. She is no longer with us so I cannot ask her any questions. I believe the rocker grates did not rotate to 90 dgerees or anything like that. She could keep the fire going but her husband could never really master the banking required for an all nite burn.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:20 pm

Thanks Sierra about this model. This Russo may only shake a 1/2". I really think the previous owner didn't know how to get coal.

I'm sorry if this post brings thoughts of your late Sister, not my intentions.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:48 pm

I'm sorry if this post brings thoughts of your late Sister, not my intentions.[/quote]

Thanks! Life happens and the best go early, us miserable ones live forever :P

You scored big time at that price. I have seen them on Ebay for $700.00, I think my sister paid $1000.00 for hers used a couple of years old. When I bought my Buderus hand fed I was on the fence between a Nashua, and Garrison. The Garrison at the time I believe did not put enough Nickel in their castings and they where failing. The Buderus sort of dropped out of they sky and my dealer hooked me up. It was a good 28 year run but the Keystoker 90 is soo much easier. You will do well, just realize the learnig curve is way shorter with this forum. Keep us informed.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:00 pm

$120 was a maybe low # for this heavy Russo. But owner was not gonna torch the sensor, he may have known. I didn't bring my torch.

But It worked -- Fan/blower

Was kinda considered about the firebrick until I saw it was wired impregnated.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: japar On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:38 pm

I bought my dad the same model 4-5 years ago, he heated a large split level no problems, he burned wood and never hooked the blower up that thing cranked. He burned coal couple of times when he coundn't get to his wood pile. He had a stroke early this year and my sister sold her house so I was unable to cut down any trees. So this years up in the air. Oil will be espensive
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: mason coal burner On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:02 pm

Good luck . Happy heating .
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:09 pm

We don't use oil as I'm In Illinois, but Bitty is right here! @ $80 a ton.

We run a Lopi, all wood for the last 9 years, main heat for the home. Hardwoods are plentiful here! But I wanted too try coal, as others mention easier to handle, I hope.

I started off with a Potbelly, for a taste of coal. I hope my Russo fit the bill. But I have 7 full cords of oak/hickory/cherry. I could dumb down this russo for wood. This russo look like it made for coal.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: mason coal burner On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:15 pm

You would have to drag me back kicking and screaming to wood but I will never burn oil again .
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:30 pm

mason coal burner wrote:You would have to drag me back kicking and screaming to wood but I will never burn oil again .


That's funny, I really like the work-out wood bring at my age 52 yo. Mainly maul splitting ^ stacking. But I see the ease of bringing a bucketful of coal to the stove!!!!

That why I'm here.
oppirs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: mason coal burner On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:46 pm

Think of how many times you have to handle each piece of wood . With coal a 12 hour burnis very easy . While still keeping up the temperature . I could never do that with wood . It took 8-10 cords of wood to heat my house with the assistance of oil . Once I went to coal I burn 5-6 tons per year no oil . I love it .
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:38 pm

I may seem as wood user, I am...but I want to use coal
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo / CW #2
Other Heating: Lopi / Liberty

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:14 am

You got a super deal on that bad boy!

Just yesterday I saw one similar, but not made for coal. It had the ash door, but no shaker grates. Also, it has air inlets on left and right sides.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: oppirs On: Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:25 am

Thanks Freddy!

Once I saw this stove in person. I had to have it (asking price $150). It looks like it was used for supplemental heat only. Nicely made, clean welds and heavy! Just like my Lopi.

I got tons of split wood, but access too coal, I've stayed in a house in KY and NC that the owner use/had coal. I was and still fascinated by the owners use of coal. Now my turn.

Our old farm house is not well insulated and has the original windows. Needless to say this find will help with the cold spots and will use the inside chiminey, which has a great draft.
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Re: The Russo #2 w/blower

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:48 am

You mentioned bit coal which I don't believe the stove will do well with without adding some overfire air.
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