Russo combo

Russo combo

PostBy: hyway61 On: Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:59 pm

Hi all,,, I'm newbe and been lurking around picking up some info. I'm about ready to plunk down some cash on Russo coal-wood stove. Don't know the exact model # but it is rated for 15,000cuft and looks alot like and size of a Harman Mark I or Mark II. Recommended clearances listed on the back of the stove are quite wide, which I would need to reduce with appropriate backing board, airspace and perhaps a steel stove reflector. Some fire brick liner needs replacing. Shaker system/grate is fine. Russo is out of business I believe but the stove looks as good as any Harman hand fired stove I've seen, but I'm not an expert.
...can I resonably find and replace the brick liner..?
...can I assume I can reduce back clearance per my plan..?
...is/was this a pretty good stove..?
...how is this stove as a coal burner..? and as a wood burner..?
...got a hand damper setup, will I need a baro damper..?

I understand some have predicted a colder winter than the last five years, so I'm getting ready. Thanx all

..hyway61
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: C-55

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: Dallas On: Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:14 pm

See my tale below. They were probably all wood stoves, then transitioned to coal, thus, a small ash pan. They were good heaters. I don't believe the brick are hard to find.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:34 pm

I have a Russo wood stove. Assuming they followed suit with the coal stove, it uses common stove bricks, sometimes called "half bricks".
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

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Re: Russo combo

PostBy: hyway61 On: Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:11 am

Okay thanx Tom and Freddy... good info Tom on your trials and tribulations....looks like I own the Russo. Will do a baro and manual damper in the hookup.. Flue currently comes out the top of the stove, which is what I perfer,,,hope that is OKay,,,,then 17feet of staight run 6" stainless type A....I'm thinking it will draw fine at this point,,neighbors tree might be an issue however....

thanx...hyway61
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: C-55

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:10 pm

Freddy wrote:I have a Russo wood stove. Assuming they followed suit with the coal stove, it uses common stove bricks, sometimes called "half bricks".


The brickyard has them, they call them "splits" too.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:48 pm

My brickyard calls then "thins"
DON
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Stove/Furnace Make: USS Hot blast
Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: hyway61 On: Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:27 pm

OKay located a 'thin' firebrick...standard size fit exactly.. All the brick in this unit are the same thin bricks all around. Couple more are cracked but still stuck together. Come to find out this Russo is a model C-55. Only burned wood so far; an so far so good. Local dealer has got coal over $11/bag Blaschak....no can do that. This unit may be a wood burner afterall.
Anyway thanx all for you feed back.

hyway61
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: C-55

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: tstove On: Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:43 am

I have a c55 also,I burn wood and coal in mine.The stove is designed to burn coal and does it very well but still burns wood nice even without secondary air.Belts out alot of heat for a small stove and i can get up to 14 hour burns on coal :cheers:
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Stove/Furnace Make: russo,gibralter
Stove/Furnace Model: c-55,cfi

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: hyway61 On: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:51 pm

tstove....that's good to know...thanx. I wonder if there is a way to get secondary top air to a wood fire in these c-55's.....?

hyway61
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: C-55

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: tstove On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:35 pm

I think you could drill some holes in the front wall of the stove and install some of those spin style dampers,I might do that also.As long as they are closed when burning coal they shouldn't affect coal burning.
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Stove/Furnace Make: russo,gibralter
Stove/Furnace Model: c-55,cfi

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: japar On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:51 pm

I had purchased a Russo wood-coal stove for my dad. It is heating his split-level very well just with wood. He got 10 bags of Blaschak but as of yet I dont know if he has swithed over. The wood is free. I picked up a blower for him and he said he didn't need it. He is very happy with the stove
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Make: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Model: combo

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:22 am

Yesterday I see Aubuchon Hardware had stove bricks in stock. Must be a seasonal thing for them.
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: Russo combo

PostBy: hyway61 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:30 am

Freddy wrote:Yesterday I see Aubuchon Hardware had stove bricks in stock. Must be a seasonal thing for them.

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I'm not opposed to supporting my local stove store, but I noticed build supply stores, esp. masonry/stone suppliers, often routinely carry refractory brick...for fireplace building, bar-b-cue custom jobs and so forth.

hyway61
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: C-55

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: fixtillbroke On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:00 pm

Whatever you do, don't order your replacement bricks from Russo's parts operation- FireplacesEast.com in Randolph MA. Very expensive, and don't fit like the originals. Later I tried to order a replacement connector bar for the far end of my shaker. One bar, $57! I went to the hardware store and got a anchor bolt of the same diameter, took it to the shop at work, bent the other end to match, cut to match and put it in the stove. Two washers, two retainers, one anchor bolt, less than $1.50 if I remember right. Who cares? it wasn't $57.00 plus shipping!

These bricks aren't the same size as the originals either, but for WAY less than the imitations sold as originals by FireplacesEast.
http://heating-and-cooling.hardwarestor ... 36963.aspx
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Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Model number 2

Re: Russo combo

PostBy: 03281 On: Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:17 pm

I went to my local tractor supply and bought them for $2.29 each. Perfect fit.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93/C55

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