Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:42 pm

I left 03:00 to drive up from Penna. and retrieve a M44 from the Ct. countryside. The stove was fairly priced and in overall decent condition. I paid the asking price of $150. It will need refractory bricking however, so add on another $150 or thereabouts before it is top notch. It can get patched up for some fuel trials etc, but only until I can work out how to weld up a proper permanent mold to make a few up. I could not see any cracks in the grate but the fine tooth comb has not been over it all yet, too hot [93 deg.] to wrestle a Crane now. Long ride but worth it , met a gentleman on the other end and chatted 4X longer than it took to load it up. Before you ask, I will tell you that the light tapping you imagine you hear in the background is my small ball peen hammer bouncing off my camera as I try to get the pictures out. I know, because I love pictures too. Very exciting day for a stove enthusiast. This just might be the only Crane M44 south of New York. I suspect this because a lot of local advertising in papers etc, for several years brought no results. Pacowy found this on CL after it was only a few hours old and called me on the phone about it, Thanks to Mike, it has a lock around it now and can't leave Penna. Mike
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:59 pm

Nice find Mike! :)
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:09 pm

Congrats !

Have you checked out the refectory thread in the hand fired section, yet? Might be some info that helps with your fire brick project.

Are you aware of this thread where Doug posted the link to the manual in PDF file ?

Copy of manual for Crane 44

Yeah, get that camera working ! :D

Paul
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:09 pm

Ah Ha! You finally got a 44! Glad to hear it.

Good luck with your new toy Mike,

-Don
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:32 pm

Replacing refractory firebricks in a Crane 44 is an interesting thread,with good info by dcrane himself. Sorry, stovepipemike,Dan the stove man in Milford,Pa. has 20 -30 of these in stock ,restored & ready for heating @ $350 :)
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: alpineboard On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:18 am

I seem to remember a standard plastic 5 gallon bucket has the same radius/arc, as the 44/88 bricks, and because of the flexibility, may separate better.
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: McGiever On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:28 am

windyhill4.2 wrote: Sorry, stovepipemike,Dan the stove man in Milford,Pa. has 20 -30 of these in stock ,restored & ready for heating @ $350 :)


Might "Dan the stove man" take trade-ins ?
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:23 am

McGiever wrote:
windyhill4.2 wrote: Sorry, stovepipemike,Dan the stove man in Milford,Pa. has 20 -30 of these in stock ,restored & ready for heating @ $350 :)


Might "Dan the stove man" take trade-ins ?

I don't know,I saw his info on the stoves for sale on CL thread.
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: McGiever On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:39 am

windyhill4.2 wrote:
windyhill4.2 wrote: Sorry, stovepipemike,Dan the stove man in Milford,Pa. has 20 -30 of these in stock ,restored & ready for heating @ $350 :)


I don't know,I saw his info on the stoves for sale on CL thread.


Here's that thread...

I have over 20-30 in stock at all times. All restored and ready to burn. No texting please. Call me, "Dan the Stoveman" at 845-2oo-147five. Thanks for looking.


http://poconos.craigslist.org/atq/5183379120.html
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:41 pm

I previously talked with Dan the stove man and although he may have 20 or 30 stoves at all times they are not 44's.They are all makes and models. When I talked, he had no 44's but would be going on a buying trip to Vermont/New Hampshire and said a 44 was in that new group coming in. That is the one he shows now on his CL site. If anyone out there has a 44 or 88 with some part of the top rim with sharp edges and in full dimension, could you advise me of that measurement? This 44 has a well used refractory and the thickest part I can find anywhere is 1and 1/4 inches [1.250"] at the top rim portion. Can that be a factory dimension? I have taken enough measurements to go buy steel for the mold and have laid out the two side blank templates. Once I have a good dimension for the thickness of the pour, I will roll the radius and set the pieces together. The grate is good with no cracks but the slide dump piece is warped. The baffle is in like new condition. I thought I could leave it alone for a while but I cannot. This is a sweet little piece and worth the wait and the ride. Mike
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:06 pm

Have you tried pm'ing Doug Crane - screen name, dcrane ? He could likely tell you if that's the original thickness, or not.

Paul
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:05 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Replacing refractory firebricks in a Crane 44 is an interesting thread,with good info by dcrane himself. :)

Have you read this thread ??
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:13 pm

WH, I have read the thread you mentioned but since the bricks are made in a mold it does not state how thick the bricks are. It is not good to guess about this, since if it is wrong it looks like the grate would become bound up should the bricks be too thick. Mike
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: alpineboard On: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:56 pm

I should have some good cherry liner dims. I can do inside diameter, outside diameter and calculate thickness from that, and I can take a thickness of brick using a vern caliper, using the depth probe. done for the day now, will get to it in the morning. R

Ok, I just looked at an 88 with a pristine top few inches. Inside diameter= 11.0" , outside diameter= 13.5" calc brick thk= 1.25"
Actual dimension taken of brick thickness at several spots = 1.25"
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Re: Hurrah!! At least One Model 44 is in Penna.

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:42 am

Thank you very much Rob. That is just exactly what I needed to know. Let the tooling begin!! Mike
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