Well as a lurker on this form for a long time and burning coal in my iron house box stove for 3 years I finally got my base burner. Her name is ruby rosemont, she was build in the late 1800's in royersford pa by floyd-wells co. She needed to be rebuild and I worked on her for the last month removing every nut and bolt. Had her sandblasted and some of the bright work replated and painted with stove bright. She had to be welded in several places. Her pot and grates are in execelent condition and of course all her mica windows needed replaced, 21 in all. I was able to obtain a 1898 catalog from floyd wells co showing all their stoves of that year. Any one having a stove from them and needing a pic let me know. she also has a magizine in her that should allow for long burn times. She has a feature that I could use some help on. A sliding window thats behind the firepot that allows preheated air into the baseburner section when in baseburner mode. Many thanks for all the info from members on this site and especially william who I PMed several times with questions. I know you guys like pics and my brother has taken some that I will try to upload next week.
Hey congrates on your new stove and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to the pix! I'm familiar with the Floyd-Wells company because I have a "Bengal" cookstove made by them in my barn. It was my Grandmother's stove and I'm storing it for my Brother. That sliding window could a kind of check damper but I'm not sure without seeing it. Could also just be open when in baseburner/anthracite mode and closed if burning wood or bit coal.
Thanks nortcan. I know you have a base burner , do you know what that sliding door is for that looks like it allows heated air from behind the pot to enter the the exhaust during the base burner mode. It is blocked off by the flap during direct draft mode
On my stove, the damper is adjusted with an external lever and is not in realtion with the direct or indirect positions, I send photos showing the ""check damper" in the Golden B. It's use to fine tune the burning rate, well on my stove but not shure if your's is for the same reason cause it's in relation with the direct draft control? Could be to recirculate a portion of the gasses for a more complete gasses burning in the base burning mode? Some photos would help to give you more accurate answers.
Yes it appears that my set up is the same as yours the lower handle moves the sliding door in and out and th upper handle controls the flap for direct or base burnwer mode thanks, Then I assume like you said it is used to fine tune the burn rate
Congratulations on finally getting a Base Burner. We can't wait to see it. We will also be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about operating it. You will find they are very sophisticated and it will take you a little while to discover all of the options you have in controlling it. The object you were asking about is a check damper. If the stove is running a little fast or hot or you want a very long burn time at low out put, the check damper is a wonderful tool use in conjunction with all the other dampers to get just what you are looking for.