I'm rebuilding this circa 1913-14 baseburner and would like to share the process with all of you. It's going to take some time because I don't get to work on it full-time. At this point I have it disassembled and will be sending the nickle parts to a plater, but there are plenty of things to do while those parts are gone. I will welcome advice and will try to make this restoration as accurate as I can. I bought the unit on an auction here in northeast Nebraska two years ago after a 25 year search to find a stove like this one. It had to be something special. I have three other wood-burning stoves, one of which I've used for over 30 years, but they aren't in the class of this old Wehrle by a long shot.
At first I think I'll show it the way I got it and show pictures of many of the details, hopefully so if anyone else out there has one similar to it, the pictures can be of use as reference material to make working on theirs a little easier. I believe this unit has hardly been used due to the condition it's in and I think the parts are all original.
I found a picture of a 1914 ad from a Sears Roebuck Stove catalog that was for sale on eBay and this stove is exactly the same as the one in the picture, so that's where I came up with the age of the stove. I haven't found a date stamped in it anywhere yet.
Here are a few pics walking around it right after I bought it. I hope you all enjoy going along while we rebuild this pretty old stove!
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on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:09 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Removed dead image links