I am getting ready to use for the first time a "Summit" hand fired coal stove
that could be almost 100 years old. My previous coal burning has been with a
simple pot belly stove, but this Summit was clearly designed and made when
coal was king and has many features unique to the era. The large firebox is
housed in ornate heavy iron grill-work on the front and top, with heavy gage
sheet metal sides and back. It has a large swinging ornate loading door with
isenglass windows. It looks more like a piece of furniture than a stove.
The big feature (at least to me) is that at the bottom
of the firebox instead of a grate there are three very heavy duty ash "grinders"
that are turned with a separate handle, the ashes falling down into a large
tray for removal. When the grinders are stationary they act as a grate for
the bed of coal. This to me will beat the heck out of shaking.
Two questions - 1) anybody have one of these or know when it was made?
2) stove coal, or nut coal?