Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:54 pm

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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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:01 am

I wanted to see what the nickle could look like, so I messed around one night and cleaned up some of the best parts. Most of the rest of it was too rusted to clean like this, but it was fun to see, then use my imagination on the rest.

I'll get some more close-up detailed pics ready for next time.
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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: buck24 On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:49 am

Boy, she is a beauty! Can't wait till she is all done. Good luck with her.
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: PJT On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:59 am

I that an old Oliver I see in the background?
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:01 am

That blue and orange tractor is an English Ford, a Fordson Major. Jerry
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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:38 am

Some of my pics are going to be duplicates of what I put up the other day when I made my introduction to the forum, but I'm using them again here in case you haven't seen them there and to try to keep the continuity in this thread. I guess I'm going to start at the top with the finial and move down as the stove is disassembled. The finial is made of steel and brass-plated with some sections and little flowers painted with some type of black, probably semi-glossy, coating. I haven't disassembled the finial yet because I would like to visit with a plater to see what he wants me to do. It's possible I should leave it complete to send in. Maybe I will have to get it all brass-plated, then paint the black parts later. Anyway, we'll deal with that when the time comes. I really enjoy looking at the little details that were designed into this part like the little flower petals and the tiny rivets holding parts of it together, but made to look like parts of the flowers. You just don't see details like that on modern equipment... Jerry

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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:53 am

I'm sure it's going to be stunning when it's done !!!!!

Paul
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:03 am

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The top cover, corner trim and spring-wire knob:

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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:08 am

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I have discovered a few mistakes that were made by the factory. Here is a small one, where the mold didn't have enough detail to make the scroll go completely around on both sides and as you can see, they didn't fix it before they polished and plated it. I will fix it before it goes to the plater this time.

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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: coalcracker On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:44 am

what a pretty stove, good luck with your resto
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: PJT On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:57 am

That English Ford looked green and red to these old eyes.....hmmmm...... :o
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Baseburners & Antiques: Magee Royal Oak; Glenwood Modern Oak 116
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:24 am

Maybe they just see what they want to see? :) Jerry
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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: PJT On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:34 am

You may have a point there Jerry :P :!:
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: coalcracker On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:34 pm

you said:

"I have discovered a few mistakes that were made by the factory. Here is a small one, where the mold didn't have enough detail to make the scroll go completely around on both sides and as you can see, they didn't fix it before they polished and plated it. I will fix it before it goes to the plater this time."

that's the beauty of a resto, you get to take it apart, and actually SEE where the artisans left off 100 years ago. I disassembled a 1928 Savage model 99 lever action deer rifle a few years ago, it had some issues.

I found the original wood rasp file dust left inside the forearm of the stock, from when they made it in the factory by hand, 85 years ago. Awesome.

it makes you think....

let's face it, restoring old stuff is a labor of love.

Like Howard Hughes said about the wooden Albatross plane he built.....they said it never flew, he said "as if that matters".
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Re: Restoring my Wehrle 112 Acme Sunburst Baseburner

PostBy: jubileejerry On: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:45 pm

It looks like I already need some help with this thread...I'm new here and I realize it's different here than on other forums I belong to, so I probably won't do everything right at first. For some reason quite a few pictures have been removed or deleted somehow, but I didn't do it myself. I use Photobucket normally, as I have this time. Is there an issue here with using pics from there or did Photobucket possibly do something to them? I've never had this happen before. Any Ideas? I don't want to keep going if I'm doing something wrong. Jerry
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Baseburners & Antiques: Wehrle Acme Sunburst 112, Hot Blast wood/coal burner
Stove/Furnace Make: Wehrle
Stove/Furnace Model: 112 Sunburst

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