Those are the only two pieces that are in bad shape . How many Glenwood #6 baseheaters did people look at and Junk before realizing their worth ? and what makes some of these ranges anymore "worth it" to restore than another? A couple of things to take into consideration :windyhill4.2 wrote:How many $$ spent to do welding vs casting ? You have to be the one to decide if a welded stove is good enough for you or if you have to have it perfect. My personal feeling after looking at those pics...... I would junk that stove . I see them on Craigslist & on this forum in much better shape & can be had for less than $1000,many of them for less than $500 & not all busted up like yours is. But if you have special feelings about that particular stove..... carry on. Fix it in a manner that you will be happy with for the next 25+yrs. We don't want you bending down to peek under the stove every day for the rest of your life,looking at that weld & wishing you had gotten it cast instead. Or, maybe you will look at that weld every day & nearly burst with pride on the job you did.Choices,choices,choices.
1- This stove was made in Richmond VA , I live in Richmond VA in a home that most likely could have had this exact stove. Folks didn't buy stoves from Maine in the early 20th century they bought stoves from Richmond VA . As far as history is concerned this is a historical gold mind! Not to mention you will be hard pressed to find this model stove anywhere else in the US at this point in time. I have tried . So this is not a question of if I should restore it but rather how I will restore it. I have the cost of Gas into it . Lisa picked it up for free and passed it on to me for free . $1000 for a used range could go a long way for me to restore a range and after I am done it will be worth more than $1000 invested if I even end up spending that much on it . The building still survives that this stove was built in and is an apartment complex now. I am trying to get an architect friend of mine , who worked on the construction of those apartments, to let me buy a beam from the Richmond Stove works that he saved .
2 - I am a very good metal worker, machinist, welder etc. So welding is free except for the fairly inexpensive consumables . To be honest I will most likely weld it to have it recast and work in the shrinkage with bondo or something similar . I have time to work on these parts. I am not sure if you saw the Nickel but it seems to be in decent shape for the most part.
3- Do you really think I could find a ready to go range without any issues for $500-$1000 that has been restored? I haven't found any online so far . I did consider driving to Maine and buying a restored Glenwood but considering the cost I paid for the Glenwood #6 restored and shipped to my door was Approx. $3500 I don't think a range would be any cheaper .
Don't get me wrong I see your point if this was just a dime a dozen stove but I guarantee you won't find this model stove anywhere on craigslist .
and this certainly won't be the last stove I buy
btw my wife would certainly be ok with me junking this stove but that goes for everything in my garage and probably half my cars ... but .... thats not going to happen haha