Shaker Grate for Pittston No. 4 Potbelly Stove

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Post Sat. Oct. 05, 2013 9:18 pm

We've have a Pittston No. 4 potbelly stove in need of a shaker grate. The folks who used it before burned wood so put a larger grate that rests on the sides. There's a few places that may be able to help but it would be a big help to have a picture of an original shaker to help identify a comparable grate. We're not exactly sure how the shaker should work either. Does anyone else have a Pittston potbelly stove that could provide a picture of the shaker grate?

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Post Sun. Oct. 06, 2013 4:11 am

pictures of the stove, dimensions, photo from bottom door looking up and top door looking down and exterior of the stove... this will help people answer to the thread with info. thanks

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Post Sun. Oct. 06, 2013 10:06 pm

Oops. Good idea.

Here's the stove. It's a very cute potbelly made by Pittston Stove Co about 40" high and 20" in diameter. There doesn't seem to be a casting date. The model number is 4.
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The opening is 11-1/2" in diameter. Guess the grate should be a little smaller.
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The center beam has two round posts in its center and a small, flat extension located towards the back of the stove. Neither post aligns with the center of the grate. The actual center where one would expect the grate to rotate is located between the two posts. There's also another post on the side of the stove.
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The opening for the shaker handle is located on the side of the stove.
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Any help is appreciated.


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Post Sun. Oct. 06, 2013 10:32 pm

I think the grate rides on the center post and the two posts aligned with it ride in slots in
the grate. the outer pin might be to align the top section.

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Post Mon. Oct. 07, 2013 4:42 am

Finding a Grate for this is going to be like the needle in haystack for sure :cry: Franco's description sounds right.
That's a pretty elaborate grate for a "potbelly". You could indeed make a pattern for it from wood (Im not sure how the shaker handle attached and what that would have looked like), but with that center pivot design it would not take much effort to spin that grate back and forth (its kinda like the new chubby grate system except with a center pivot point).

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Post Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 9:20 pm

The one post in the center of the crossbar looks like its in the center of the grate but the true center is between the two posts. It's hard to picture how that would work. Not even sure how this shaker would work. What would keep the grate from dumping the coal?


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Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 8:22 am

This is my NO.4 Pittston Magnet Stove, the grate is one solid piece with the handle extending thru the side of the stove. The grate itself will actually pivot from its sitting position(180 deg) up to 90 degrees and allow the ash to fall thru to the bottom. This grate is very thick and heavy as it needs to support weight and high heat.
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Hope this sheds some light on your question.....
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The grate is one single piece with the handle exteneding thru side of stove, the grate will actually swivel on those two pins too allow ash to fall thru to the bottom of stove.
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Grate in upright 90 degree position
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Post Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 8:28 am

Thank you Juknie for posting those photo's.... now at least we know what were looking for! :clap:

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Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 9:48 am

Hello, I was hoping that someone could help me. There is a Pittston Magnet no. 4 stove for sale that I am interested in. I am curious if anyone knows when the time frame of when these stoves were made. I am looking for a stove that is pre 1900. I've done some research on the company and get conflicting results. One source states that the company started in the 1860's and went out of business after a fire in the 1890's and then started up again under a completely different name. But at the same time I also found on line a calender from the Pitttston Stove Company from 1954. I know that members JUNCHIE and DCRANE own the same stove and I was hoping they could provide some help. Thanks Mike

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Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 2:41 pm

I had the same grate in a pearl cannon heater "pot belly". It gave up on looking for a replacement for it . It used the same little handle out the side as well. Before I gave the stove back to a friend I was planning on pulling the grate and having a foundry make a few new ones for more . It's an option for you as well. There are still small foundries left in the US . We have one right here in Richmond VA that would make it .

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