whats it worth new franco belge

whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: riley On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:28 pm

Am new to the coal experience and have a few questions. Recently purchased 3 Franco belge normande model 144.08.02. One had been used on display and had a few fire lit in it. This one I am using now burning Reading Anthracite pea purchased n Jonesville Mi. My hopper plate is set on the high notch and the stove is doing well in teaching me that coal is not wood. I have been very fortunate to have had your forum to read through so as to get an understanding of the coal burning experience as the reading has paid off several times already.

Now for the big question. I plan to sell at least one of the new stoves that have not had a fire in and are still on shipping pallet. I have a listing on the forum classifieds and on Craigslist list for 1450.00 and am curious if this is reasonable. Also am having trouble posting PDF format pic's on my forum add. Any help or advise you can give I thank you in advance.

Note I have also purchased a used Harman Magnum stoker for next winters heating which burns rice coal. Can't wait to pick it up.
riley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge coal Nashua wood
Stove/Furnace Model: Normandie 144 08 02

Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:34 pm

STOP! Sell nothing......... he who dies with most stoves wins. :D
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Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:48 pm

Franco Belge stoves are certainly among the most efficient you can find. They are also very easy and fast to tend. A nice big ash pan and an undersized fire pot.

That undersized fire pot is what limits them to installation in the living space of a well insulated smaller home. They don't easily conform to 12 hour tending intervals and pushing them hard to supply enough heat can result in less than 8 hour intervals which takes away one of the major benefits of burning coal.

Quality construction and pleasant styling resulted in a lot of them being sold and as a result there are a lot of them on the used market at prices from about 200 to 350 or so.

You are going to find it very difficult to sell at the prices you have in mind. I would think 500 to 600 would be more realistic.
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Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: riley On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:40 pm

Waldo
I would like to keep them all, that would put my number up to seven, but then again I have some interest in a small base burner someday.

Franco
It would be nice to get a bit more than 5_600. Perhaps I should consider lower offers after a little time asses. Maybe 600. and 3 ton of coal!!!!! :D
riley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge coal Nashua wood
Stove/Furnace Model: Normandie 144 08 02

Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: nortcan On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:09 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum. When possible for you, send some photos of your Franco Belge stoves showing also the fire pot. Franco said the fire pot was small, how much anth can be put in an empty fire pot? Thanks.
These stoves are nice stoves. Different from the others and original too.
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Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:30 pm

pics would be good to determine value, Im assuming the company is in France (European coal is a lil different then you lucky folks in PA. get to burn and sometimes that shows in the construction of their stoves)... Is the company still in business selling these units? Im not familiar with Franco belge so if you could post some photos of your stove and inside the firebox and grate system that would be great.
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Re: whats it worth new franco belge

PostBy: riley On: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Thanks for the reply. I'm having trouble posting pic's from my tablet, have pic on Craigslist jackson mi. Showing fire pot with door open. Fire pot is rectangular having 2 shaker rates and 3 slot to slice grates with tool. Grate has ability to dump into ash pan.
riley
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge coal Nashua wood
Stove/Furnace Model: Normandie 144 08 02

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