New to this board and just bought a Sunn

New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: kytara7 On: Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:38 am

Well i just bought a Sunn A 60 potbelly for emergencys and secondary heat and can't seem to find any info on this stove.I live in the Northshore of Mass. and am looking to see who sells coal i found a place in Braintree but that's about it,Inside the ash cover it says Oak 17,Oak 19and 60 can.Any insight would be helpful.
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Stove/Furnace Make: warm morning
Stove/Furnace Model: 460 b

Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:22 am

Can you post a photo of it?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
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Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:08 pm

What a cute little stove! I'm a bit of a newbie to hand fired stoves, only helped a friend a couple of times. Maybe someone will chime in, but I don't think you need to know anything specific to that stove. Just genreal hand fired info & you'll be good to go. Do some reading & you'll find a lot of info & tips. I assume it has a shaker grate? The important things with coal are air must come from under the coal, you must have control of it ( a stove that leaks air is a problem), and you have to be able to control the draft. One other thing is a must.... you must have a CO detector. A handful of people die each year because of backdraft, plugged pipe, bad luck. A CO detector can and will save your life. Get one!
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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: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:58 pm

Gotta get a fire-resistant base under that baby first!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
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Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: kytara7 On: Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:53 pm

I bought it for a hundred dollars the gentleman had another 1 he was about to sell an a 50.I will be setting this up in early spring i need to setup a room for her.It stands at 34 inches tall 20 inches wide and is going to be use for secondary heat and emergancys as i know some of my friends are without heat right now due to the ice storm in northern new england.It also justifys this little creature to my wife which i think since this last storm she sees the inportance of having a backup system so that our pipes don't freeze.Also i have 3 floors the bottom 2 would not have heat in case of a power failure my 3rd floor could be heated with a propane insert.Thanx to all who replied and i'm looking forward this forum and let you folks know our progress with the Sunn.P.S i will be asking a lot of questions i have never run 1 b 4.Merry Christmas to all.
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Stove/Furnace Make: warm morning
Stove/Furnace Model: 460 b

Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: Cap On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:48 am

kytara7 wrote:Well i just bought a Sunn A 60 potbelly for emergencys and secondary heat .


Is your new potbelly firebrick lined?
Cool stove, I'd like to have one as a conversation piece and maybe occasional use.
Cap
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: UpStateMike On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:20 pm

Get a big old hunk of flagstone for the base of it. My friend had a little stove like that for his workshop. It might heat a 15'x15' space at best in winter. If you're not going to use it very much, I'd say just get wood chunks for it (like 12" long) and have a nice pile of them next to it handy to burn. Learning how to burn coal in that could take a while and by the time you learned the power would be back on. LOL But if you do want to use it in emergencies, play around with it in non-emergencies, especially with coal, as you will see with the many threads started by clueless coalburners like myself! ;-)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Elmira Oval (in house)
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Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: kytara7 On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:54 pm

Firebrick?I presume this is a brick that heats up for better result.It is metal inside.If i duct this out of my house and used wood 2 burn i would still need to chimney sweep the duct work on ocassion correct.Wow i guess i bought an odd piece.Like i said the guy i bought this off had a small version of this 1 and had it as a decerotive piece in his living room.It looked cool.
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Stove/Furnace Make: warm morning
Stove/Furnace Model: 460 b

Re: New to this board and just bought a Sunn

PostBy: UpStateMike On: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:15 pm

kytara,

There's nothing wrong with your potbelly stove. My point was it's easier to burn wood occassionally than it is to burn coal. But I don't want to discourage you from burning coal, just realize there's a bigger learning curve to get it to run well. If you want to use it for the back up, a nice pile of wood will pretty much always work to get it warm.

In my stove I burn both right now.

I like to start with wood, and get a good bed of hot wood coals going strong and then slowly add coal (banking) and once you get the coal going you are good to go. This is of course if everthing is going well like your draft is strong, etc. In late Spring you can take the stove pipe apart where it meets the chimney and stop them up to keep the stove from rusting over the Summer. Lots of info about all of these things here.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Elmira Oval (in house)
Stove/Furnace Model: Round Oak d-18 (workshop)

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