joeq wrote:I'm gunna like your new thread Ad. But it will probably mirror the thread, "Pictures of your stove". Only yours may be geared more towards "Antiques", which should be interesting and enjoyable.
If you're asking if people use their "freestanding" antique stoves to heat their house, lots of members here do. But I'm imagining some are more "beneficially" located than others. A cellar mounted unit with ducting and registers would provide the most even heat distribution, but I'll bet some people have had success strategically mounting theirs around their home in the living area and are still comfortable. I know my living area stove didn't do well warming the floor. As for safeties sake, any stove runs the risk of carbon monoxide, antique or not, if not operated and installed properly. And the quality? Depending on the stove, has the potential to "far" exceed anything made in the past 30 years or so.
i know some stuff from years past just cant be beat. i still cannot get over how dependable my little cub is, i have owned it for 3 years and i am astounded how little i have had to fix on it..... durable, durable, durable and oh yeah and its durable. it mows 2 acres a week and pushes snow all winter long. i have been mowing all summer and i still have not had to add any oil since the last oil change. it sips gas, i can mow my 2 acres for a month on a 1/2 tank of gas. it has a 7 gallon fuel tank so i get really long run times. it has a C60 4 cylinder engine that's only rated at 12hp but its deceiving modern stuff does not have the torque, this thing can lug. i would drag a modern 25-30 hp lawn tractor all over town at idle, they are joke. the only thing comparable to it would be a sub compact and i know it will never last like a 68 year old international harvester
so does a modern well built unit like a keystoker have a chance of lasting 60-70 years or more? at least they arent very complex