whistlenut wrote:Remember to 'temper' the cast, and don't go nuts with it until she is well seasoned. YOU'LL LOVE IT!
Yoda quality info from whistlenut!
Do a few wood fires with the twin doors open: start with a small kindling fire and let it die out and completely cool. Do another slightly bigger and longer, again with the doors open. After four or five fires of increasing size and duration and with the restrictor plate installed, close the doors and build a wood fire about the size of your second one and close the damper once the stove top gets to ~400. Regulate the air so it doesn't go too much past 500. Let it die and cool. Next wood fire a little bigger and a little longer. This might take longer than a week but you'll season everything in the stove this way and gently expand the castings in the process. Don't worry about the creosote buildup on the door glass. It will burn away on its own after your first full week of coal burning.
It"s a beautiful stove with Federal lines. Should fit right in with most of the older Maywood homes.