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    Funky wood stove.... 
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    Hey guys a quick question, since maybe one of you will know about it.

    When I first opened the door to my cabin, I discovered it already had a wood stove, which not installed, was still resting on a steel sheet beneath the hole where the stove pipe used to go.

    It is amazingly art deco looking. It has the name "Warm Manning" on the front, sits about 3 feet high and has an electric blower on the back that seems to run off 110. It has rounded red corners, and a semi rusted mesh on the front that appears to have been shromed at one point. It really looks like a designer piece from the glory days of the back-to-the-land era. I'm hoping to get it outside next time I have friends up and do a test fire in it to see what condition it's in, but I'm wondering if any of you have encountered a stove like this before and might have an idea of the manufacturer and how I could get some specs on it. I'm a total woodstove novice.

    -BP

    Here are some pictures including the wonderfully cute mouse house built in the back of the fire chamber:



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    Hey BP,

    All the "warm manning" hits I got involved gas or LP stoves. Could yours be a conversion? Those regularly spaced cylinders along each side look like they could be gas nozzles?

    OBTW, thanks for the pics of your great looking piece of land in the Fog thread!

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    Wow... 
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    I've looked too, and noticed that all the units I could find were gas. I didn't recognize those slats ont he side, but now that you mention it, they do resemble the gas jets on a furnace burner plate, but much larger. I will have to check on sunday when I get back. (Spending spring break getting my mother ready for another heatwave summer in Southern California; drip lines, misters, low water sprinklers... and air conditioners)

    I have given cursory looks at the back, and did not notice any sort of regulator or connectors.



    Here is a picture of the electric blower on back, a gas inlet would likely be on the other side, however (At least I sure as heck wouldn't design a blower moter next to a gas line) so no way to know until I get up there and personal with the stove.

    Also, the large stack and wide, firebricked burn chamber indicate to me that it was at least meant to be multi fueled (iw, wood and gas) from the get go. Am I wrong on this? as I mentioned my wood stove experience amounts to having used a bunch of them and never having my own. I will also check out the blower control box to look for hints of an ignitor.

    Thanks 9anda1f, you're 1337!
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    Packer, neat looking stove, but it does look like a gas one. On your first picture, on the left side where those vertical vents are, those wouldn't be in a wood stove. A wood stove is an air tight fire box, because the escaping gases from a fire are deadly carbon monoxide, (odorless, colorless) and you have to make sure there are no leaks to the outside except through the flue up top. The woodstove flue is always out the top or out the back up at the top edge.

    And if you want to get a wood stove, that's one of the things you need to look for, that there are absolutely no rusted out spots where smoke and gas could escape. You can't fix a rusted spot without actually removing a chunk of the metal, and replacing it, like when they fix a car body. Rust keeps going if it's already there.

    If you take a dark tarp with you, put it over the stove in question, put a flashlight in the stove and look between the tarp and the stove and see any specks of light, it's not okay. Also there are nonflammable fabric seals that have to go around the door to seal it.

    But it takes a wood stove about 45 minutes to actually give you heat, and so it works best if you aren't going anywhere right away.

    Getting up on a cold morning, just wanting about an hour of heat, this is a great little reliable heater that you can use indoors with a portable propane tank:

    http://www.northerntool.com/

    search on Buddy Heater.

    Orchard Supply Hardware had these in January, so it's not impossible that a hardware store in Ukiah might have them.

    I have a cool looking old gas stove, but unfortunately I can't put anything in it but cookbooks and pots.
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