Crane 404 Stoker Stove

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:52 am

Might want to get this moved to the 'stoker' section...
Looks like a factory deal with the photo of the MFG decal...
Never saw a stoker Crane 404 before...
One of the reps I bump into worked for Crane...
I will ask when I see him if he knows what stoker was used...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:11 pm

jerryf, I apologize, I reported the stove no longer listed. It's in uncle henry's maine. Acton maine to be specific for 150.00 bucks. Looks Identical. phone # is 207-432-8780. I hope the have some insight for you. The only clue I can see is the cord peeking from behind, I would say it has a blower and maybe more.
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:49 pm

Spoke to the rep...
Crane made very few stoker stoves...
The 404 cooker is a hand fed non stoker stove...
This hand fired 404 was the base for the stoker version...
The dealers were 'strong-armed' with the stokers...
From the sound of it the stokers did not sit well with most dealers...
Most did not promote or sell the unit...
The stokers were a very low volume item...
The rep could not tell me what stoker unit Crane used...
But it looks like the triburner...
Get the bolt pattern and some better pics of the stoker unit and post it over in the stoker forum to get a positive ID...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:12 am

We made only a few of these prototype stoker units and though my dad was way ahead of the curve in this field (since now you see self feeding pellet stoves everywhere) Its a stove that i never liked because it could never maintain the efficiency and life and quality that Crane Stoves were legendary for. I'm not sure its wise to use these prototype stoves at this point as stokers to heat your home.
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:14 am

CapeCoaler wrote:Spoke to the rep...
Crane made very few stoker stoves...
The 404 cooker is a hand fed non stoker stove...
This hand fired 404 was the base for the stoker version...
The dealers were 'strong-armed' with the stokers...
From the sound of it the stokers did not sit well with most dealers...
Most did not promote or sell the unit...
The stokers were a very low volume item...
The rep could not tell me what stoker unit Crane used...
But it looks like the triburner...
Get the bolt pattern and some better pics of the stoker unit and post it over in the stoker forum to get a positive ID...


the stoker unit was designed and manufactured by my father (not any outside company would use that thickness and heaft stainless steel to build anything). i can remember it took me days to build those damb things (i could build 10 stoves in the time it took me to build one of those damb stoker/feeder grates!
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 404 Stoker Stove

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:54 pm

sorry to bump this thread after so long but wanted to let folks know what this unit is before i lock the thread.

This is indeed a Crane model 404 Stoker, these were a few test series units provided to a few of the largest dealers to play around with to their hearts content. Your from PA so my guess is that it came from a dealer called Dussinger Stoves.
These were the precursor to the Crane Stokers (which were much larger with full size hoppers, better protected electronics, much thinner gauge steel, decorative tile exterior). Im not sure I would put alot of time into this "beta" unit BUT a super easy and cheap option would be to remove the grate and weld some plate steel inside to make airtight and then you have one hell of a heavy duty woodstove that would last ages. You can clearly see the final Crane Stoker Stoves here in this thread Crane Stoker Stoves (as you can see these few 404 Stokers were really just test units for the final product).

thread locked, for further assistance or questions on Crane Stokers please go Crane Stoker Stoves
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404