Crane Coal cooker #44

Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: Gary L On: Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:13 pm

I want another small stove and know a fellow who has the #44 in nice shape that he will sell for $200.

I have no idea if this is a decent price or not for this stove.

It won't be a daily burner but will be fired up when the temps get below 10 degrees to warm the basement a bit.

I have read most of the posts about this stove but sure would like some opinions about the price and tips on useing it.

Thanks again

Gary
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo #1
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo

Re: Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:03 am

Gary, From my point of view, the $200 asking price is a bit on the tall side. It still might be O.K. if the big factors are all accounted for, namely the firebrick should be full dimensioned right at the grate area so coal can't fall into the ash box. Second , is the grate in nice shape? How about the welded baffle inside the stove at the flue outlet, is it warped or burned out? If all these items are good to excellent then a nice offer near the asking price is in order if you want the stove. The other dollar item is how far you must travel to fetch it home. just my $0.02 Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: Gary L On: Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:30 am

Thanks Mike but this was posted back in October, 2008 so I will bet the stove is sold.

Gary L
Gary L
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo #1
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo

Re: Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:44 am

Gary, I saw that the posting was very stale but since anything is possible I thought I would throw out some general info on the characteristics of the 44 when looking to buy one of the little fellows. Mike
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KAA-2

Re: Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: Gary L On: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:24 am

Got it Mike. I use a tiny Russo #1 in my LR because it fits on the fire place ledge and is a great little stove that provides more heat than I usually need. Grates are always an issue with some of these older stoves. The #44 looks to be very similar in size and might fit in the down stairs fire place the same way as the Russo. I would use it on those super cold spells we get in late January and February here in the NY Catskills. Last year I recorded 23 below zero a couple of mornings and the added heat would be great. I don't have the ability to install any other coal burner in the down area and getting coal down is also an issue. These fire places are a complete joke when it comes to heating a room while the stoves are fantastic once the flu is blocked properly.
Gary L
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo #1
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo

Re: Crane Coal cooker #44

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:37 am

I would consider distance to make it practical to get if grates good and bricks very good. Next is what would produce that much heat in that same size and what it might cost. After all you are buying a quality space heater it is somewhat a purpose built item and form follows function rather than a style statement and meant as a compliment as everything there and where it is for a reason to heat better. I have a 404 and looked at a couple of 44 models locally but grates and bricks in tough shape so passed on them. They were in the 150 to 175 range and needed a bunch of work. The baffle would worry me less if you know someone with a welder. The last question is what else would you buy to fit the space and if had to resort to new and how much it might save in heating costs. If 50 more than the normal going rate but not a long ride in very nice shape you might save that extra 50 in a couple of weeks so who cares. I would think in terms of annual savings rather than picking apart line items. My 404 saved me a pile of money and paid for itself in 1 month including the coal I burned and some would say I paid too much for it. Bought a second for a spare that was in decent shape and ended up selling it for what I had into it as they needed more heat for an old house with 2 little kids.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

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