Thanks to all.
Yes! We did come home with a stove. I hope the photo will show... I tried this once before and must be missing something when it comes to posting pics here:
I was so impressed by the stove once we travelled to see it.
My heart sank when I realized that it did not have the pipe to go along with it
We decided to buy it anyway, hoping that we could either find one somewhere or fabricate something. Being new to this, I wasn't sure.
Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated.
I will post better pics once I figure out how to go about it. You'd think someone in their mid 30's would have this internet thing down, but we tend to shy away from social media and, instead, share things with friends the old fashioned way (face to face, over a beer).
Here is what I do know:
The gentleman we bought it from got it for $5 in a 1963 yard sale. He had an occasional wood fire in it and certainly didn't depend on it as a main heating source.
Three years ago, he brought it to Bryant's stove shop. He gave me the paperwork and this is what was done:
Wood Grate: $55
Sandblast & ReAssemble: $225
New Ash Pan: $35
New Barrel: $150
That, right there, made me feel fairly secure in parting with a hard-earned $500 even though there was no pipe.
There are no cracks in the pot. It appears to be in good shape except that it is unlined. I called the Love Barn (as suggested by Steelhorse) and I am hoping to pick up a box of Noxram next week.
Last year, I was so impressed with coal... I have never gotten a true, personal satisfaction out of turning the thermostat and hearing the furnace kick on & off (well, I DO enjoy hearing it turn *off*). There is a fair amount of fulfillment that comes from a methodically planned wood fire, but there was something about coal that felt like even more of a triumph over the cold.
That, combined with reading the passion that others share on this site, lead me to want a stove from this period.
Our dream is to, eventually, acquire a base-burner. I am only hoping there will still be some out there when I have saved enough.