My Little Potbelly on Anthracite

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Post Wed. Nov. 03, 2010 7:54 pm

inspiring, my friend. I have an old pot belly that is surely older than yours but about the same size, and is in complete condition, but painted. if it were blasted and rebuilt with your mods it would be a great install on the second floor of my house in my office (30' x 15'). the office has double french doors onto the hallway, so the stove should add to the entire second floor and gravity to the 3rd floor. an unused modern chimney exists outside the wall where it would be best sited. another project to add to the list.

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Post Sat. Nov. 06, 2010 7:03 pm

tim how much coal do you burn in 24 hours

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Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood
Stove/Furnace Model: Oak #30
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Post Sat. Nov. 06, 2010 11:32 pm

I havent really been paying attention....I would guess round 15/20 lb. give or take?..I shake it down and fill it to the top of the firepot 2 times a day and the firepot isnt very big, after shakin I would guess I put in 6 shovel fulls and the shovel is onna them small ash removers that come with a Mantle kit..the ones that have the ash brush,poker and shovel.
I will get some real #'s though I will put a 40lb. bag in a 5 gallon bucket and measure the usage, currently I am running out of a Tote that holds round 100lb. and I get 5 or 6 days out of a full tote.
Oooh, just added 1 more Modification.
After loading a fresh charge of Pea it was taking an hr. or so for the "BLUE LADIES" so I added 2 more 5/32" holes under the load door bought 1.5 " to each side of the first 2 ...NOW I am getting a much better "DANCE"..way faster ...wich tells me the Carbon monoxide is burning off better....WHOOO HOOOO !!!!
I loaded a fresh charge of coal after shaking it down a bit ago and she is purrin along with a nice blue dance on top of the fresh load that I can clearly see through the fire view Mica window....I believe I have finally got it dialed in!!!

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Stove/Furnace Make: Atlanta Stove Company
Stove/Furnace Model: No.60 Pot Belly

Post Tue. Dec. 04, 2012 11:08 pm

Hi, I hope you all are still around and this thread isn't dead.
I'm looking into purchasing an Atlanta Stove Company No.60 Pot Belly Stove I found on CraigsList today though, I don't know if its right for my application. My goal is to heat a 11'x11'x8' cabin for short periods every day. I will only be in the cabin for 2 and 4 hours in a run. I only have about $170 in my budget and cant really go over- the the stove is going for $150.

Here's some pictures. Is it worth it for my application? Is it possibly worth it for a resale?

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
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Post Wed. Dec. 05, 2012 1:23 am

A Cannon Heater would be perfect for your application. That's what they were designed for-quick hot fires that warm up the space quickly then burn out by the end of the day. That's why they were used in industrial settings and stores etc. After the business closed for the day, the fire would go out. Then it would be real easy to warm it back up again the next day.

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Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2012 1:09 pm

Yup for $150 get her ....they are good little stoves.
looks like she just needs a coat of stove polish, my #60 is currently retired and settin beside my puter desk here in the shop the Glenwood #30 takes care of the heating here now.
you can burn wood or antracite with ease in the #60 they do OK with Bit but its a P.I.A....but for the size of your cabin she will heat ya out with a small fire, I could heat my old shop wich is 30X20 and throw the excess into the new shop wich is 30X30 with NP's :D

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