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Post By: Lightning » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 9:23 pm

My neighbor is putting together a man cave underneath his garage. A friend of his gave him this stove and I volunteered to help him plumb in the flue pipe. Here are a few pictures of it. My question is, what keeps wood from rolling out of it? Is it missing a piece? Would a log carriage for a fireplace work in it or something like that? It seems to be all cast iron. I realize this is a coal board but I have faith that you guys might have seen or used one of these somewhere along the way lol. Any help or comments greatly appreciated. :D
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Post By: windyhill4.2 » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 9:36 pm

Can it be loaded with the ends of the pieces front to back instead of side to side ?

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Post By: Lightning » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 9:43 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:
Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 9:36 pm
Can it be loaded with the ends of the pieces front to back instead of side to side ?
I suppose it could, but the pieces would need to be really short, like 10 inches, 12 max.

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Post By: Lightning » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 10:07 pm

It came with a screen shown in the last picture. The whole fire can be viewed with the doors wide open.

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Post By: windyhill4.2 » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 10:14 pm

Lightning wrote:
Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 10:07 pm
It came with a screen shown in the last picture. The whole fire can be viewed with the doors wide open.
I missed the screen b4. From the looks of that stove,it is designed more as a fireplace than something to hold an overnite fire.
So maybe it could hold 1 of those log racks in there ?

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Post By: Logs » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 10:15 pm

It’s a franklin stove to be used like a fireplace. You could put a fireplace grate inside or use it as is. Being that it’s cast iron it throws more heat than a conventional fireplace. I never use a grate in my fire place. I just build the fire on the firebrick and it burns fine. What you have there would be great for a mancave

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Post By: warminmn » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 10:50 pm

.... or put a flat screen tv in it and play a video of a fire burning :idea: But maybe he actually needs the heat.


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Post By: Logs » Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 11:01 pm

Some of those old Franklin stoves were circulates. Where the smoke would circulate down then up the back and out. Not sure what type you have but it looks like a nice stove. My buddy had one years ago and it was a great little room heater.

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Post By: coalfan » Tue. Oct. 31, 2017 9:08 am

logs you are rite thats a franklin wood stove and as to the op you should get a grate [wood grate and it looks some what like a cradle to hold the wood . logs from rolling out and as of rite now i know of one burning and they do put out some good heat and yes it is the ole castiron one . and again get a grate of some sort that will cradle the wood /gogs to prevent them from rolling out anf for pratitcal safety reasons also . enjoy .

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Post By: franco b » Tue. Oct. 31, 2017 10:17 am

Good article on the original Franklin stove.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_stove

I remember reading somewhere that the original stove had been discovered in the house Franklin rented in London.

Actor Sterling Hayden had a Franklin stove with that large smoke boot at the top made of copper for better heat transfer.

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Post By: freetown fred » Tue. Oct. 31, 2017 10:40 am

Had one of these MANY yrs. ago. Yes, log cradle is a given--the stove doesn't do real well holding a fire & took constant tending. It IS a conversation piece. :)

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Post By: michaelanthony » Tue. Oct. 31, 2017 12:56 pm

Get him some bit coal and enjoy the show ;)...and a coal basket

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Post By: D-frost » Tue. Oct. 31, 2017 3:45 pm

Lightning,
This is 'back in the day '60's vintage'! My parent's had one before the European invasion of Jotul-Morso-Franco Belge. It had a screen and a log holder grate. Also, big & heavy, and a 10' flue! It sat where the Herald is today. Mom hated it(smoke everywhere-poor draw chimney) She bought her Jotul 118, and was happy. Dad put it in the basement(SUPER draw chimney), and had to put 2 MPD's to hold it back! My opinion: Make sure the chimney draws good, or expect a lotta'smoke in da house!!! Oh, and good luck.
Cheers

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Post By: Lightning » Wed. Nov. 01, 2017 8:38 am

Thank you for all the replies fellas. I gave him a little guidance on installing the stove pipe and he set it up before I got home from work lol. He wants to fire it up later on this afternoon.

It was mentioned earlier it needs a good draft, and I am certainly in agreement with that if this stove is to be run with the doors open. My concern is that it had to have a reducer to get into the chimney. Off of the big oval stove collar it goes into 8 inch round pipe, then is reduced to 6 inch to get into the chimney. I'm worried that this reduction isn't gonna bode well for the volume of draft needed to run it with the doors open. Hopefully, once it's lit and the chimney is warmed, it will. I'll come back with some pics with a fire in it :D

Mike, I do have about 30 pounds of bit in a pile out back. I think that would be fun to try it! That stuff is evil lol.


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