EarlH wrote:That Oakland stove of yours sure is a nice one. Congratulation on the purchase. You will really like that stove once you get it figured out. I've heated with coal for about 10 years or so and burned wood for 15 years before that, and the coal is SO much nicer. I've never had a new stove so I really don't know anything about them. But I have had 6-7 old stoves over the years including a large gravity furnace with a 24" firepot! That thing will heat a house! I just gave that to a friend of mine last week and will help him set it up in his house. Anyway, these base-heaters really work well. I have an old baseburner from the late 1890's and though it's not large enough to heat my whole house with a 12" firepot, it puts out more heat than I would have expected. I have a chance to buy a larger baseburner and probably will after my experience with this small stove.
That check draft that's in with the ash-pit on these baseburners is really a handy thing. It took me awhile reading through the posts on this website to figure out what it was really for. The only mention I have seen of that in old stove catalogs is that you can open it all the way to keep dust down when you clean the ash pit! But it really is effective to check the fire at night. I've never had any trouble controling the fire on any of the old stoves I've had as long as they were used with a bit of sense and everything is like it should be. I usually leave my furnace fan run when it's really cold out and that helps circulate the air around as well. My stove is in the basement but I do have a cook stove upstairs so when it's really cold out I can put a fire in that. I also think you probably get more heat out of a stove like that, than you do from the fancy base-burners. Maybe not, but it seems with the firepot exposed to the room air, rather than being behind the mica doors, more radiant heat would be out into the room. But, if you were going to have this form of heat up in your parlor, less radiant heat might be a good thing, as it would blister the varnish on your piano!
Nice stove though. Good luck with the old girl!
Hi Earl and welcome to the forum! Your right the old stoves are easy to run and "everything is as it should be". I use two Glenwoods, the Modern oak 116 in my avatar (and middle of the house chimney) and a 208C range cook stove in the kitchen. They both heat my old house pretty well and as it should be.
The fact that you can run the furnace fan is pretty cool idea for those that had hot air. Helps to distribute the stove heat I bet.