Chubby Resto Thread.

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 6:04 pm

I'm-on-fire, Thanks for the info, I just went out and tried your explanation and it works the way you say, although with the new fire pot you don't need al that leverage that bracket would give you.

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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 7:45 pm

Yeah, I'm going to pick up my Chubby this Saturday and when you asked about the bracket I checked the pictures of the one I am buying to see if it had the bracket also. After seeing it on the one I am buying I too was curious about it so I did some digging on the internets to see what it was all about.

I'm pretty much going to be doing the same exact thing you are doing this weekend too. Cleaning mine, taking it apart to see what needs to be replaced and what doesn't

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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 7:56 pm

I'm-on-fire, Congrats on your purchase, You will find that the Chubby is very easy to work on and you can get all the parts you need from Larry. Tip: try not to paint the cast parts, use stove polish instead it'll look a lot nicer. Also replacing the fire pot for the new version is well worth the price.

Have fun - Jeff

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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 8:21 pm

I'm going to actually remove the cast legs before I paint it so I don't over-spray as well as the doors and stuff.

Quick question, since you have yours physically to look at, where do you put the blower on? Its been bugging me since I can't look on mine. Does it mount to the bottom of it on the heat shield? Or is there a spot on the body to mount one?

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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 8:36 pm

Mine does not have a blower, I know that there is a model that includes one But, I have only seen pics. of it. Now that you bring up the subject of blowers on the Chubby, I've been think of fabricating a bracket that will mount a blower on one of the ash door vent holes for a combustion blower, just to be used at reload time. I'm in the process of making a combustion blower set up for my Harman SF160 boiler. I'll get that done first and work out the kinks then I'll start on one for the Chubby. As far as a convection blower goes I just hang a window fan from the ceiling of the shop and it evens out the heat over the whole shop, works good. I have found that it is easier to pull heated air than push it from behind the stove.

Hope this answers your question.

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Post Thu. Jul. 01, 2010 9:56 pm

Yeah, I just installed a new ceiling fan in my living room right above where the Chubby is going to go. But I still may add a blower to it somehow, maybe attach it to the heat shield underneath so it pushes the hot air off the bottom of the unit. Or..maybe make some sort of bracket that comes off the backside of the unit with an angled piece of metal over the top with a blower attached to that?

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Post Fri. Jul. 02, 2010 6:13 am

If you have a ceiling fan, try running the fan backwards so it pushes the air up to the ceiling. You will be amazed how well it will even out the air in the rooms. You may not need a convection blower at all.

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Post Fri. Jul. 02, 2010 8:04 am

Yeah, I always reverse the directions of the fans in the fall.

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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 8:09 pm

OK. Back from the dead! Finally got the stars lined up and got some progress made.

Set up with the sandblaster and ready to go.
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After blasting.
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One door bare, one after stove polish and buffing.
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Done. (more or less)
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I did a quick fire with some wood scraps just to set everything. I still have to deal with the worn out hole where the shaker handle goes and I tried to drill out the screws for the window but no luck there. I see a welder in my future and maybe a torch. :D
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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 8:25 pm

Jeff, very nice job of restoring. The Chubby looks great. You are getting it done just in time for cold weather. Congrats.

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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 8:35 pm

Yes, very nice restoration. The stove looks good. It's always surprising to see before and after photos.
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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 8:50 pm

Damn! That looks incredible. I wish I had gotten mine sand blasted but I was on a budget. Next summer definitely.

Great job on the refurbish. I bet you can't wait to fire it up.

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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 8:58 pm

I bought 3 bags of "Black Beauty" at Tractor Supply for about $7/bag.

A friend of mine has the blaster, which is, of course, the important part. ;)

It really roughed up the steel on the body and I was a little worried but a can and a half of stove paint and it smoothed out pretty well. :D

I still have to get a new fire pot and shaker and a few odds and ends so the story isn't over yet but I'm expecting to be able to run it this winter.
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Post Mon. Oct. 11, 2010 9:01 pm

WOW!!! It looks Great!!! :)

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Post Tue. Oct. 12, 2010 8:19 am

Looks great!!!
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