I am not in the market for these stoves but when i was both where on my short list as was the chubby i end up with the Plymouth 14 it was built on water street in Plymouth at the turn off the century. The reason behind my topic was i tend to read the forums like i used to do with magazines and a comparison of stove that seem to the novice as the same i just thought it would be fun to read and talk about . also an repetitive topic off comparisons off used stove designs would I am sure help many others.
thank you for the offer off the brick molds i have three stoves now, one that i use. I need to sell the other two before i can get permission to buy another .
Is the Plymouth 14 functioning? the biggest diff. you will notice is smells and maintenance, your burn times, heat output, etc, is going to be very similar to that plymouth 14 with either a Chubby or a Crane 44. (Is the Plymouth functioning and in use?) You will notice the grate is identical to a Crane 44 nut grate (this is not a coincidence)... If the Plymouth is not functioning and in need of disassemble/re-cement/gasket/firebrick/grate (common process for this stove) i would be interested in buying it for w/e the min. price you anticipate (in other words don't scrape it!). I would merely use it as a project and piece of history.
If i get anymore old Crane 44's i will PM you, sometimes older folks call me and ask if i want them and I come UN-install and remove them and thank them. The one im running now is a 44 that was given to me by some folks in Whitman who knew my uncle very well and they were nice enough to ask me if i wanted it before tossing it (i ran their the next day!). I do have a model 88 donated by Defiant of hearth.com but i have to keep that because its the only one ive found and i want to keep for my kids and family history (but i would absolutely let you use it or try it as long as you wish if your wanted? you cant hurt it and it would give you free and easy experience with a Crane Coal Cooker) , im still looking for the 404 and a Crane stoker but i just cant find one's i can afford yet. Coalvet has my dream stove (its the best Crane ever made with a full cast iron trim kit installed) im hoping someday he lets my family have it when he is to old to lift his coal shovel