I visited Bryant's Stove Works in Thorndike Maine today. I live a little over an hour away so it isn't like an epic journey and I was just there this past December to pick up my Glenwood No.116. But, there is always something interesting to see and today I spotted this neat little unrestored Hub No.315 backpipe stove. Not the fanciest stove ever made but it looked like it would perform quite competently. The ash pit door will need some attention to seal tightly. I'm sure they would be happy to restore it if anyone is interested.
I've spent the season with my Smith & Anthony 315 Hub Heater, which was restored by Emery last December. He and Brandon were VERY impressed with its heating capabilities. They are investigating reproducing a Wood & Bishop version of this circulator stove. They are not big fans of Smith & Anthony stoves UNTIL the company bought out Barstow, and absorbed their line(1912?). This is really interesting, because this Hub Heater at Bryant's is clearly labeled Barstow on the base. Emery feels Barstow stoves were some of the best quality.
I absolutely love the elegance of my Hub Heater. It's not overly decorated, much like the Modern Glenwood line - especially the No. 6, which is very restrained.
The circulator feature is VERY effective, bringing cool air up from underneath the base and venting it above the fire box.
Anyone interested in a rugged, elegant and unusual stove should consider this model.
Smith & Anthony stoves are not real common. I also have a Pearl Hub kitchen range, in storage (same vintage). Someday I'd like to get it done. I'm also considering a Hub Oak from @1900. Kind of cool. I just like Smith & Anthony stoves. Too bad there's not much original literature available about them. Anyone have an original catalog? I'm on the hunt myself.
---------------------------FLASH------------------------- The stove was sold for $650 (unrestored) I paid $600 for mine - yea!!