Jlenc wrote:One other question,
How in the heck do you guys load these stoves on to a pick up truck to transport and do you have any ideas that would work best?
Almost always I have gone alone but the seller is usually able to help a bit as long as you don't expect too much.
I have a Dodge Caravan and I have cut down a sawhorse to the height of the side door which is much lower than a pickup. With two 2x6 planks about 6 ft. long as a ramp I am able to roll the stove up on a hand truck. Usually can get a little help rolling it up. The stove stays on the hand truck laid down in the van and when I get home I roll it down the ramp alone.
The last stove was a Vigilant and I did have help along. Stove weighs 400 pounds even with stripping off doors and whatever else comes out. A hand truck and ramp make all the difference.
The antique stoves of your pattern are relatively light. Obviously you will strip off doors and trim and you will need help in lifting it off the base. I think you will be under 200 pounds at that time. Hand truck, padding, rope to tie to hand truck, and ramp or helper to lift onto truck preferably both. If you are strong you can manage alone 200 pounds on stairs with good hand truck. the last stove I moved upstairs was over 200 pounds and the oil man gave me a hand but I could tell he did not need my help to do it.
So plan and try to get help. Backing up to a small bank if available can help too. I have loaded and unloaded my 42 inch lawn tractor alone that way with the help of some planks.