just peter wrote:How could i ever missed this thread.
But you have a verry nice stove restored, well done.
Well we are trough an other winter, and America have had his share, how was the stove doing for you.
I am verry curious about it, i hope it do well.
Peter, I have to say I have been really happy with the stove. It did a nice job heating the house and it's very nice to watch "work" as well. I can certainly understand why when these kinds of parlor stoves first came on the market that those folks really felt pretty modern. When I was growing up my Dad liked having a fire in the fireplace and holy cow for the dust and fly ash. These really are quite a step forward in that regard, although you really should have two ash pans, so one can cool off before you dump it. I have an old cook-book from about 1910 and it even mentions some stuff you can bake in the bottom of your baseburner if your ash pit is clean and you have a crockery dish that has a tight fitting lid! I haven't tried that one, but I'm sure it would work. I'm sure with a little bit of care and sense, this thing will give good service for many years yet. I started a fire in it somewhere in the middle of November and let it go out at the end of March. It takes a little getting used to, but it really works well. Hard coal definitely has a different learning curve than soft coal or wood, but once you get it figured out it's not too terribly hard to manage.