Potbelly Stove
Oct 25, 2009Public
Photo: The namesake for the shop...
Photo: I'd been looking for months for just the right stove to put in "The Potbelly Woodshop", when this one landed in m'lap...
Photo: Another Craigslist find. I had been looking through several different classifieds, and finally posted a "Want To Buy" ad for one. I recieved several offers, most from people who didn't know what a potbelly stove was. I looked at a couple of boxwood stoves and fairly nice parlor stove before a guy in Deer Park, WA offered up this one...
Photo: It stands about 32" tall and is about 18" in diameter. It even had the wrench to turn the coal grate!
Photo: And, as you can see, it was in need of a little work...
Photo: It actually came out of an old railroad caboose. Specifically, an old Canadian Pacific RailRoad caboose...
Photo: It was functionally sound, although I did find a couple issues with it as I began breaking it down...
Photo: Taking it apart was a real treat when some of the bolts decided to play rough...
Photo: But eventually I won...
Photo: You can see a bit of what I was talking about earlier - there is a crack underneath along the edge of the ash pan...
Photo: You can also see where a repair had been attempted. Luckily, it isn't in a position to interfere with the safe operation of the stove...
Photo: All taken apart...
Photo: and ready for the sandblaster...
Photo: I found a local guy who knocked out a pretty thorough sandblasting job in a couple hours...
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Photo: Now, if I can just remember how all the pieces go back together...
Photo: I bought all new stove bolts and some woodstove door insulation material to place between all the mating areas of the fire box. And after painting everything black...
Photo: it turned out pretty good...
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Photo: It seems to be fitting right in after a years' worth of keeping me nice & toasty...