Has it been nearly a year already?
Just thought I'd update. ..
We had a tough year with parents, illnesses and saying goodbye to ones we love so I was unable to keep up with the coal crew.
Our 116 got us through a very long winter last year as our main heat source.
It took a little bit to get used to regulating but, after a few burns, I was able to keep the stack temp down and have consistent 18 hour burns (even with a leaky bottom door).
I was getting ready to fire her up soon (snow this weekend) but had a terrible accident. I tripped over a child's gate while carrying my guitar & small amp when the corner of the amp came down at the center of the stand of the 116 and cracked it clear through.
As we were trying to figure out where we could have it welded, I came across another 116 a couple of hours from here for $475... we went to take a look and picked it up. It has a small crack in the front of the pot that was welded. Its not pretty as far as the nickel and the paint goes, but the base is in great shape, the ash door passes the dollar bill test snugly *AND* it has the indirect vent pipe (in perfect condition) for the back that I have been searching and searching for!!! The pipe is the main reason I was willing to buy it.
So: New project. I will take the stand, base and back pipe from the 116 we just got and put them on our stove so that we'll be ready to go. I'll take the parts from our stove, have the stand welded and put it all together for the workshop stove so we can continue on our massive remodel through the winter.
I am currently trying to figure out where to buy more Noxram. I got it from the "Love Barn" in Ellsworth, ME last year but he is only open seasonally and I haven't been able to get a hold of him. I need to line the pot for the new stove we just bought. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've seen a few people refer to buying it in Maine but not specifically stating where.
Additionally (as if we didn't have enough projects right now), we just finished tearing down the old woodshed (which was falling over) and we are in a mad-dash to erect our coal bin in the next two weeks because we ordered loose coal instead of bagged for this year. If I'd have know what a roller-coaster year it was going to be, I wouldn't have been so confident in our ability to get all of our projects done in time and would have stuck with bagged for one more year. Ugh.