wsherrick wrote:If you have any doubts about doing something to the stove, please ask before you do it. The main things are to make sure the seams are sealed up and that the doors fit tight all around. This goes for the dampers as well.
Thank you William for your recent post. You can rest assured that I am not doing anything to this stove that will hurt it. I respect the history and memories of this stove too much to do anything to it that would be irreparable. I just saw recent posts asking why I ordered rope gaskets...the bottom of the top door and the top of the bottom door have a groove where they meet and close together. However, the seal is not great between the two doors, they seal great around the stove body but not where the two meet at the middle seam. I bought a very thin rope gasket that will fit in that groove between the two doors. I will not put gasket against the stove body as those seem to be fine. During my refurbishing, not restoration, I am doing a lot of cleaning of parts...lots of cleaning. I am doing only Williams stove polish on the cast iron and paint where the chrome would be. I think it is turning out very nice but I will wait to see what you think about my work. The only thing I am not sure how to proceed with is the final on top. The original is very flimsy, and extremely caked with tarnish and 100 years of crud...the base metal seems to be either copper or brass...copper my guess. I spent over an hour so far on it and it will require much more time I am sure. Tomorrow I am going work on the main stove and get it cleaned and William Stove Polished. After that, I am about ready to have a fire to set the refractory in the fire pot.