I went to look at a nice baseheater stove about a year ago, the asking price was $2000. Not terrible if it was in good shape.
In the photos, it looked great, the nickel was all there and reasonably shiny, all pieces attached..
But in person.. well, it was pretty much a parts stove.. I think someone had dropped the stove on a corner when it was off the base.
there was a a big hole in the baseheater box, under the ashpan area.. the pieces were gone, and they had some good curves and compound curved and ornate casting in them too..
I told the guy it was just good for a decoration, that because of the broken and missing pieces that if someone burned wood or coal in it, it would be dangerous. I did offer $500 for it, as is.. I told him it was a gamble on my part that I could find a similar make and model stove for parts to repair it..
I never heard back from the guy..
DCrane: since you work in real estate, and access to many old homes, maybe put a note in a local realtor magazine, that you can 'dispose of' those unsighlty old hunks of iron in the basement of the newly listed houses??