Favorite Baseburner #261

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Baseburners & Antiques: Favorite 261, Columbian Joy A2
Coal Size/Type: Favorite-16" firepot; Columbian Joy-12"
Location: North Central, Iowa

Post Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 10:15 pm

just peter wrote:How could I ever missed this thread.
But you have a verry nice stove restored, well done.
Well we are trough an other winter, and America have had his share, how was the stove doing for you.
I am verry curious about it, I hope it do well.

Peter, I have to say I have been really happy with the stove. It did a nice job heating the house and it's very nice to watch "work" as well. I can certainly understand why when these kinds of parlor stoves first came on the market that those folks really felt pretty modern. When I was growing up my Dad liked having a fire in the fireplace and holy cow for the dust and fly ash. These really are quite a step forward in that regard, although you really should have two ash pans, so one can cool off before you dump it. I have an old cook-book from about 1910 and it even mentions some stuff you can bake in the bottom of your baseburner if your ash pit is clean and you have a crockery dish that has a tight fitting lid! I haven't tried that one, but I'm sure it would work. I'm sure with a little bit of care and sense, this thing will give good service for many years yet. I started a fire in it somewhere in the middle of November and let it go out at the end of March. It takes a little getting used to, but it really works well. Hard coal definitely has a different learning curve than soft coal or wood, but once you get it figured out it's not too terribly hard to manage.

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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Weso 225 C3, Susler Altan, Wasseralfingen 440, Susler Altan
Coal Size/Type: bituminous coal,
Stove/Furnace Make: Susler, Weso, Wasseralfingen,
Stove/Furnace Model: Altan, 225C tile stove
Location: North Holland, The Netherlands.

Post Sun. Aug. 10, 2014 9:48 am

" it's very nice to watch "work" as well." I know that feeling, staring in the fire, is verry relaxing.
Last winter I have burnt softcoal an hardcoal in the stove, the softcoal did well but was a tiny bit more difficult then the hardcoal.
What surprised me was, that I used the same amount of coal in 24 hours, but the stove useley was out with the softcoal and with anthracite it was still burning and good enough to revive the fire.
I have still 1.25 tonne left over wich will suit for the winter, after that I will buy anthrcite again.


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