Repairing an Old Parlor Stove

Learn the ins and outs of designs that date back to the turn of the last century. Whether you are looking to restore an antique stove or have questions about modern reproductions you'll find the answers to your questions here.
Post Reply
Tim S
New Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 5:48 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Gem stove company
Stove/Furnace Model: Maple Clarmont 154?

Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 5:59 pm

Hi, my name is Tim. I have just purchased an old Parlor stove. The stove was made by The Gem Stove Company. The name of the stove is Maple Clarmont. I am new to this so this may be a dumb question but there are some very small cracks on the side of the fire box. How can I repair this? I would really like to restore this stove and use it in my home. To expand on my question, do I have to put new sheet metal on the inside or weld it? Or do I use a firebrick type of cement on the inside? Thanks in advance for any help I can get.

Tim S. in Michigan.

User avatar
Dennis
Member
Posts: 1066
Joined: Sun. Oct. 30, 2011 5:44 pm
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size
Location: Pottstown,Pa

Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 6:03 pm

I really can't help,but if you post a few pics of the cracks and stove,someone will be able to help much easier.And welcome

User avatar
freetown fred
Member
Posts: 21417
Joined: Thu. Dec. 31, 2009 12:33 pm
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut
Location: Freetown,NY 13803

Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 6:06 pm

Welcome to the FORUM Tim--there's a bunch of Parlor Stove guys here to help you with that restore--me not being one of them-- :clap: toothy Just a comment though, the only dumb questions are the ones we don't ask. ;)
"A people that values it's privileges above it's principals, soon loses both"--Dwight D Eisenhower


User avatar
wsherrick
Member
Posts: 3731
Joined: Wed. Jun. 18, 2008 6:04 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Base Heater, Crawford Base Heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford Base Heater, Glenwood, Stanley Argand
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut, Stove Size
Location: High In The Poconos

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 12:36 am

Two suggestions.
1. Re post your questions in the hand fired section.
2. Please, if you can; post plenty of photos of your stove. It will help to identify it and will go a long way in helping us help you.

User avatar
oliver power
Member
Posts: 2266
Joined: Sun. Apr. 16, 2006 9:28 am
Stoker Coal Boiler: KEYSTOKER Kaa-2
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93 & 30-95, Vigilant (pre-Vigilant-II), D.S. 1600 Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: MANY (Mostly when burning wood)
Location: Near Dansville, NY

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 3:53 am

I'm going from memory here; We've had stoves with the fine cracks I think you're talking about. They were all the way through the cast iron. I don't believe there was a "fix" to the cracks. It was something to do with the properties of the cast iron from being heated / cooled for so many years. However, I don't see why you couldn't cosmedically cover the cracks, and line the inside of the fire pot with refractory cement. I know we've never lined our fireboxes. Not sure if we've tried any cosmedic covering, or not. I do remember looking into a fix for those fine (vertical, if I'm not mistaking) cracks. We also burned wood, not coal. Oliver
Last edited by oliver power on Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 3:59 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
dcrane
Verified Business Rep.
Posts: 3115
Joined: Sun. Apr. 22, 2012 9:28 am
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404
Location: Duxbury, MA./Hanson MA./Brockton, MA

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 3:54 am

are these cracks in a cast liner or in the cast exterior body of the stove? are these cracks all the way through the piece or stress fractures that are surface only? we really need photo's to help better... if your unsure how to upload some pics here just let us know and we can give some step by step instruction on how to do it.


User avatar
LsFarm
Member
Posts: 7385
Joined: Sun. Nov. 20, 2005 8:02 pm
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland
Location: Michigan

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 8:11 am

Hi Tim, welcome to the forum.
Where in Michigan are you? I'm in S.E. Michigan, just south of Flint.

If the cracks are not structural, then you should be able to seal the small cracks.

If you do a search on this forum [search box in upper right corner of page] for 'Refractory' or 'castable refractory' you will find info
about lining the firepot with the high-temp refractory cement. The refractory cement will protect the firepot from additional heat
damage.. and maybe the cracks will stabilize and not grow.

Please post a few photos of your stove, we can help you a lot easier if we can see photos of the stove.

Looking forward to seeing your stove and helping you get it burning
Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

User avatar
nortcan
Member
Posts: 3080
Joined: Sat. Feb. 20, 2010 3:32 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Stuart,Peterson/ Grander
Stove/Furnace Model: Sunnyside/ Golden Bride
Location: Qc Canada

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 12:37 pm

Welcome to the forum Tim, as others said a few photos would help for the best advises.

Tim S
New Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 5:48 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Gem stove company
Stove/Furnace Model: Maple Clarmont 154?

Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 1:51 pm

Thanks for all your comments and help. I will get some pictures on line to better explain this. The cracks are so small though I do not think they will be visible. Pictures coming. Thanks again.

Tim S

Post Reply

Return to “Antiques, Baseburners, Kitchen Stoves, Restorations & Modern Reproductions”