Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: keegs On: Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:50 pm

Hi everyone,

I've been heating a small, two story, second home in Northern Maine with wood for some time now. I'm getting up in years and felling largish trees is getting a little too dodgy for me (I do like the exercise though). And I've never been a big fan of getting up in the middle of the night to feed the wood stove.

So I recently picked up a used Chubby coal stove. With what I sense is a minor exception, the stove is in good shape. Based on the Chubby website it appears to have shaker pot style # 2 and the action on the shaker feels a bit stiff.

My question to the forum is, will the action of the shaker loosen up over time (it may be that the stove hasn't been used in a while) as I use the stove or is some maintenance required? Is it possible to disassemble the grate from the fire pot and clean the edge of the grate and the area of fire pot that it's seated in? The grate appears to be held into position from above by what looks to be a ring. It's not clear to me if this "ring" holding the grate in place is removable or if it's part of the fire pot casting.

Anyway, I'm hoping coal proves to be a more safe and convenient fuel for us to use and that the Chubby can keep us warm during those long, cold Maine winter nights.

Thanks in advance for any insights provided.

Kind Regards,
Chris.
keegs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: wood stove and kerosene heater
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Stove

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:18 pm

Well,Merry Christmas,Chris.....Kringle ? ........

Stand-by as there's a few Chubby Fanatics that can give You a little better thought than myself. You happened to land smack dab in the middle of Christmas,so Our Members are with their Families instead of playing with their "Coal Board Family".....

Stand by,and in the meanwhile,use the search bar in the upper rightr of this page. A wealth of info is stored there. :up:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: keegs On: Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:28 pm

Hambden Bob wrote:Well,Merry Christmas,Chris.....Kringle ? ........

Stand-by as there's a few Chubby Fanatics that can give You a little better thought than myself. You happened to land smack dab in the middle of Christmas,so Our Members are with their Families instead of playing with their "Coal Board Family".....

Stand by,and in the meanwhile,use the search bar in the upper rightr of this page. A wealth of info is stored there. :up:



..... :D Thank you HB... I'll hang tight.
keegs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: wood stove and kerosene heater
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Stove

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: tcalo On: Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:50 pm

I used to have a No.2 style firepot as well. The grate just sits on several support tabs cast into the lower portion of the pot. The ring on top of the grate just lays there. It helps prevent small pieces of coal from getting caught between the grate and pot binding it up. It also helps to keep most of the ash in the pan, without the ring in place some of the ash seems to spill outside of the ash pan. To remove the grate just pull out the ring and the grate should just lift out of the top loading door. I assume you have a handle cast into your grate that sits facing the lower ash door. You'll need to tilt the grate on a slight angle when pulling it out to clear that handle. As far as the shaking action being tough, thats the nature of the beast with that design. It's a heavy grate and rests of the support tabs. Firepot style No.3 is completely different. The grate sits on a center pin and rotates, much smoother and cleaner. The shaker rod protrudes out the right side of the stove so no need to open the ash door when shaking. I hope this helps.
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tcalo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
Baseburners & Antiques: Our Glenwood 109
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: Diggerdan On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:04 am

Your pot is a little warped .pull out grate and put a big washer under the grate ! Will be like new worked for me. Orded new grate anyway kept original one for spare!
Diggerdan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coal chubby
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Oil forced hot air

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: tcalo On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:12 am

Diggerdan wrote:Your pot is a little warped .pull out grate and put a big washer under the grate ! Will be like new worked for me. Orded new grate anyway kept original one for spare!

I believe he has an older style pot, no center pin...just support tabs.
tcalo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
Baseburners & Antiques: Our Glenwood 109
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: Diggerdan On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:13 am

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coal chubby
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Oil forced hot air

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: keegs On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:08 am

Good Morning and thanks everyone for the quick feedback.

tcalo, A rod runs through the outer steel body of the stove to the right of the ash door through a kind of nipple and appears to attach to the grate. There's a small handle that attaches to this shaker rod that's hinged by the ash door. That handle moves back and forth perpendicular to this shaker rod. Shaking the grate by way of this hinged handle is more difficult than just pulling and pushing on the shaker rod directly (if you get what I'm trying to say here. :) Either way though the shaking operation is tight/difficult.

I'll try removing the ring and the grate and clean off any rust or what have you from the grate and around that area of the fire pot. The fire pot and grate otherwise look to be in pretty good shape at this point. Replacing what's there with a newer model 3 design is going to set us back a few bucks so I'll probably set it all up and see how she heats the place. If she's a keeper and the shaker is still an issue I'll consider going for the newer fire pot and grate. Thank you for the assist. :)
keegs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: wood stove and kerosene heater
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Stove

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:30 am

Welcome to the board Keegs!! You have a very popular coal stove, there's quite a few Chuby fan's here.

How about a few pics of your stove for everyone to see? We love pics! :cheers:
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:17 am

Merry Christmas!

Here's a link to the pot page....that doesn't sound right LOL .... Here's a page to the innards of a Chubby stove. While you are there look around his website....Lot's of good information on how a Chubby works.
http://www.chubbystove.com/faq.htm

You might call the factory, very friendly and knowledgeable people (person?) I'm so bad with names...I can't remember his, but when you call you will must likely speak to the inventor and owner. He can tell you things like "Can I buy a new pot with the center pivot?" and "Will it need a new grate?"

I hope you get it running....they do give good heat and will go 12ish hours between fills....even longer if you don't need full BTU's.

With wood, more wood means more heat....with coal, more coal mean more length of time. The heat stays very steady the entire burn. Jusssst before it burns out, it will be making the same heat as it was 10 hours before. Enjoy!

One tip: Coal likes depth. A shallow pile of coal doesn't like to burn as well as a deep pile..... There is a bit of a process to get a deep loading....it's all in the instructions.

You MUST have CO detectors. Do not light the stove without at least one. I have offered many times.... if you can not afford one, message me I will see to it that you get one. Merry Christmas!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: keegs On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:20 am

Freddy wrote:Merry Christmas!

Here's a link to the pot page....that doesn't sound right LOL .... Here's a page to the innards of a Chubby stove. While you are there look around his website....Lot's of good information on how a Chubby works.
http://www.chubbystove.com/faq.htm

You might call the factory, very friendly and knowledgeable people (person?) I'm so bad with names...I can't remember his, but when you call you will must likely speak to the inventor and owner. He can tell you things like "Can I buy a new pot with the center pivot?" and "Will it need a new grate?"

I hope you get it running....they do give good heat and will go 12ish hours between fills....even longer if you don't need full BTU's.

With wood, more wood means more heat....with coal, more coal mean more length of time. The heat stays very steady the entire burn. Jusssst before it burns out, it will be making the same heat as it was 10 hours before. Enjoy!

One tip: Coal likes depth. A shallow pile of coal doesn't like to burn as well as a deep pile..... There is a bit of a process to get a deep loading....it's all in the instructions.

You MUST have CO detectors. Do not light the stove without at least one. I have offered many times.... if you can not afford one, message me I will see to it that you get one. Merry Christmas!



Thanks Freddy.... I told a friend yesterday that I just got a chubby ... his reply was: TMI :) :) :)

I exchanged some emails already with Larry. He's been a big help but don't want to go to the well too often, if you get what I mean.

Thanks for the tips on burning and the caution on CO. Just read through a thread here that described some of the conditions that can lead to CO issues. I was somewhat aware of this but would likely not have given it as much attention had you not mentioned it. I will install new CO detectors on the first and second floors before I go at this.

titleist, the stove is still on the truck. I'll post a few pics now to give you an idea of its condition and when I get it set up I'll post a few more. It might be a several weeks before I make the swap with the wood stove.

Regards all,

Chris.
keegs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: wood stove and kerosene heater
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Stove

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:46 am

keegs wrote:I exchanged some emails already with Larry. He's been a big help but don't want to go to the well too often, if you get what I mean.


You can call Larry as much as you need and I urge you to do so. Don't worry about it. Customer service is priority one. :D MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
ONEDOLLAR
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:57 am

Cripes.... ! See......! I told You that Fine Folks much better than myself would be enroute to You ! Ho-Ho-Ho in 'Da Coal with a Chubby !! :dancing:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: keegs On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:35 pm

On closer inspection the center bar of the grate is cracked and the grate ring has some scaling going on. Neither should prevent me from taking it on a test burn.


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keegs
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: wood stove and kerosene heater
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby
Stove/Furnace Model: Coal Stove

Re: Owner of a Used Chubby Coal Stove

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:02 pm


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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace