kstone wrote:Another question is the crown Andes in the Art Andes line I don't seem to find any old literature on crown Andes . and i'm finding some casting stamps off Art A on back off some parts
My guess would be, as stove's transitioned towards different models and styles some of the parts were interchangeable and or there were numerous models available and markings were common and identified at what foundry, person, or even contractor provided the part. It sounds like there was fierce competition and things moved rather quickly!
With those baseburners, the basic stove was the same for some lines for a good many years and it was only the ornamental parts that got changed around. It helped keep the cost down I suppose.
I know people think these stoves found their way into really posh homes, and I'm sure some did, but if you really had money, you had a central heat plant by the 1880's or so. The so-called pipeless furnace that came out around about 1905 or so is what killed off the parlor stove. If you had a basement, the whole mess could be kept down there. Plus, it was cheap and easy to install. Just one huge hole in the floor somewhere. There's also a great deal to be said for not having to lug your buckets of coal all through the house to the stove, and up steps if it was kept in your basement. And you didn't have to keep all your nice furniture far away from the stove when it was in use.
If you use the double heater pipe on your stove, it will suck much of the heat upstairs as long as you leave the basement door open or something to allow the air to return back down where the stove is. I saw one in use many years ago and it did a pretty good job. If you look on ebay, you'll find the round floor grate that will take the same size pipe as the collar on your double heater attachment. I have to keep my stove in the basement as there is no place upstairs for it. Next summer I need to move it over some, and then I can hook mine up so it will do a better job of heating the main floor. It does pretty good now, but I think that will help it out. It really does a nice job of keeping the floors warm on the main floor! I forget about that and then move a coat or something that I put on the floor and wonder why it's so warm for a moment.
Good luck with your new find, it's really a nice stove.