Yes there are a lot of great old stoves out there. Stoves that could be put to work and saving their owners some serious coin over the oil or gas they continue to use. $300 for a ton of coal would save most people $1000 in heating costs. All for about 10 mins a day in "work" tending the stove. I think many people are just to darn LAZY and have had it too good for too long. Maybe this country needs a second "Great Depression" to wake people up out of their slumber?
Sadly some people seem to have a completely over inflated idea of what these stoves are worth. I see people routinely asking 100% restored prices for units that need a complete top to bottom restoration. Perhaps it is a "North East" thing as it seems almost everything up this way cost double what it should.
I have been in the market for a parlor or perhaps a base burner now for a while. As such I look online daily for them and I am no longer shocked by the amount of money many people seem to think their "antique half rusted burnt out and cracked Glenwood is worth. Most people seem to have a completely over inflated idea of what these stoves are worth. Perhaps it is a "North East" thing as it seems almost everything up this way cost double what it should. Perhaps it is the economy. Sooner or later the right stove will present itself. Could be a Craigslist find or a unit from Doug down at http://www.barnstablestove.com
but I will purchase one. Question is when