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Friday, December 17, 2010

All Nighter Wood Stove Club

UPDATE! For a free installation manual, check out my post on 10/01/2011.

She may not be the prettiest wood stove, she may have a little bit of surface rust, and she may not have that shiny black complexion any longer, but she is a genuine, authentic, "ALL NIGHTER BIG MOE".

My love affair with the ALL Nighter Stove started well over 30 years ago when I worked for the company that produced this family of sturdy wood burning stoves in Glastonbury Ct. I delivered many of these would stoves through out eastern ct.

A few years ago I bought a used All Nighter Wood Stove. I had always wanted to put one in my workshop, but never got around to it, but just having one sitting in my basement allowed me to officially claim membership rights in the exclusive "ALL NIGHTER WOOD STOVE CLUB."

Our basement is no longer below ground, so we lose the insulation effect that most basements below ground enjoy. Our pipes started to freeze up and it felt like walking on ice when walking on the floors. Serious condensation was forming under our rugs and the wood floors in the living room started to buckle slightly.

Recommendations ranged from electric heat tape to a propane heating system for the basement space.

We decided to bring Big Moe to life.

This was not as easy as it seems. Where was I to run the stove pipe?? I always found that shiny triple walled stove pipe running up the side of a house to be a eyesore. But I did not have time to run the pipe up through the middle of the house, and through the roof. I needed this up fast. So after some careful consideration and a couple of nights of frozen pipes, I decided the pipe running up the side of the house was going to look beautiful in my eyes if it heats the basement, and in the future if I want to run it up out of sight I will.
I was very lucky to find a guy over in Manchester selling copies of the out of print owners manual. A owners manual is needed for the building permit and the stove has not been in production for many years, so I was lucky to get a copy so fast.

Willie came out and to help me run $1000 worth of pipe and hook it up. He then gave me some pointers on burning wood, but no one warned me how awful the new black stove pipe was going to smoke and smell as it seasoned. the entire house smelled extremely awful.

Now that Big Moe is installed, I am going to call on the Guru of All Nighter Stoves. I am lucky to know this ancient wood burner from Bozrah who may be one of the founding fathers of the All Nighter Wood Stove Club, He has burned a All Nighter for at least 30 years and hopefully will share some secrets of efficient burning.

In the meantime, splitting and hauling wood is cutting into my Oprah time.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Moe is beautiful!! There is a black conditioner you can run on to make look better. But if she is hot and toasty, who cares if she is looking snazzy!! I wish we could have a wood stove again, no footprint! There is nothing like the warmth extruding from one. Tank God for Willie. Godd luck! Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

rub not run! oops!

Anonymous said...

hello my friend: sooo happy for you and Jean, sounds like things are going well, i think of you often...may you have a Blessed Christmas and yes, think spring

love, babycakes

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I also just bought a refurbed Moe All nighter and am in need of the manual for the fire marshall. Could you send me a copy or direct me to where you found it

Anonymous said...

Just bought what I believe to be a Giant Moe All Nighter. Having trouble finding a label; any model marking, UL number. Wonderful looking stove - folks have had a Mid Moe for 25+ years. Looking to repaint or stove black. Sure can't find any info to speak of. Is there anything else beyond your installation manual available? So much on Fisher out there and I know the Fisher/All Nighter story, but have to love the blower and the window glass. All info would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for your site......

Steve said...
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Steve said...

I was told when I purchased a copy of the installation manual; all I needed was the UL stamp printed on the last page for the UL proof, and the installation section which shows the clearance needed.
As for using stove black or paint, I have seen some stoves looking brand new after using stove black, but personally, I my nose can not stand the smell when you light up the stove and burn that fresh paint or stove black off.

Anonymous said...

We just moved from the little Moe to the mid Moe. We are looking for a manual if anyone has one. My husband grew up with a mid moe but we want all the tips we can get! Damn this stove is so pretty! Nothing like them out there, so blessed to have one! Please feel free to send us any suggestions or comments! patryschultz@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

We just moved from the little Moe to the mid Moe. We are looking for a manual if anyone has one. My husband grew up with a mid moe but we want all the tips we can get! Damn this stove is so pretty! Nothing like them out there, so blessed to have one! Please feel free to send us any suggestions or comments! patryschultz@sbcglobal.net

red dirt said...

My family is the original owner of a big moe and little moe. They were bought brand new around 1973ish.I recently found the rear back seam(weld) to have a slight crack and it is in need of new bricks ( big moe). I think they are not a "standard size" and I think it needs 30 plus or minus new bricks. I think from my measurements that they are 7x5x1.25 inches. Any body out there with any ideas about what to or where to get the brick? The stove has been burning in my barn for 22 years.

Jason Hall said...

I also have a Big Moe All Nighter. Mine does not look like any I have seen online. It Is wide, but not as deep as the Big Moe's I have seen. It has a 8" pipe fitting coming out of the back. I LOVE this thing, and would love to find out more about It.

Thanks
Jason.

Anonymous said...

unperso...I recently picked up a "Little Moe". She was on her side sittin' in the back of an old ford pickup, ready to be shipped off to the metal recycler. She was rusty as all get out and did not look like much. Well upon knocking on the door to the home where the pickup sat I come to find that "Little Moe" was heading to the dumpster...and it was just fine if I wantd to hoist 'er outta the pickup bed and take 'er. I did and she now sits in my work shop looking sweet as ever. Several hours of restoration were well worth the effort. Winters here drop to well below 20 degrees below zero(good o' wyoming). Looking forward to a toasty work shop via "Little Moe". Glad to have found this site. I did not know what a find I had made. cheers you all LB

swampyacres said...

We used our Little Moe in our 1850s Victorian that had 12 foot ceilings.Kept 3 rooms 70 degrees + all winter long (the rest of the house hovered in the low 60s (energy crisis years - early 1970s). My husband got lots of good exercise/stress relief spliting wood.Moe sits on our back porch - not sure what will become of him - hoping that I can give him to someone who will be willing to haul him off and treat him well!

Anonymous said...

I heat my home with a Moe in the center of the house vented into a massonry chimney..The house is a 1650 sq. ft. colonial. The Moe keeps up into the low teens with wind,then the oil burned tas to kick in about once an hour. The entire house stays at 72-74 degrees.

Rebecca said...

My husband and I were just at the local metal recyclers trying to find a wood stove to replace our old cylynder wood stove and we stumbled accross the all nighter. It is very reasonable but we didn't know anything about this stove. Thank you for your information. We are very excited about it. We live in Wisconsin so we get our share of cold. This would certainly be more efficient than our current model. People think we are crazy for heating with wood, but we love it and we don't have to worry about keeping warm.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I've found a "chubby moe" allnighter in my mothers back yard under a tarp. Any ideas of how much this would be worth? Is anyone looking for one of these? It's rusty but looks to be in good condition. Missing glass and knobs on handles. Email Jodi pjgrant05@comcast.net

ale440 said...

hi just bought a big moe!!!! i was wondering how can i get in touch with you? you worked there? id love to know more about them.

Anonymous said...

having trouble hooking up the 6 inch elbow to the back of my allnighter it wont fit in the thimble in the back of the stove its the same size as the elbow should I recrimp the male end of this elbow to make it smaller or is there another piece that I can buy that will fit thanks steve

Steve said...

my elbow fits over the thimble not inside

George said...

Just got an old big moe all nightwear.Does anyone know the sixe for the door gasket? Looks like maybe 3/8.
Please inform.Thanks.

Lisa said...

I have a Big Moe and would like to find a set up for the air intake/heat exchange port on the left side of the stove. It looks like it would accept 2.5 inch tube & fan to force air through the internal tubes out to the dual heat exhaust ports on the upper front of stove.
Any one know how this is done or can build one for me? Thank you Lisa

Anonymous said...

Live in Manchester, CT would like to know who you were in touch with to get a manual. Wish someone would post the owners manual on line.....Seems to be the hardest thing to find for the Little Moe.

cf2010 said...

I just bought an all nighter, not sure if it is a big, mid or little mo but I do have a question. We finally got it installed yesterday and lit it up tonight, there is smoke coming from the vent holes??? Why is this happening?

Eric Beckenstein said...

Not sure how old my All NIGHTER stove is ... but rope around inside lip of hinge door is half gone. I need to replace. Please advise. Also, white material under string looks like ASBESTOS? Is this cement or was asbestos used for holding in the rope gasket?

Anonymous said...

I had a all nighter and I used a T pipe the horizontal end fit over opening in back of stove and used 6inch end cap to plug bottom of vertical end worked out great

cougar said...

I HAVE AN ALL NIGHTER LIKE THE ONE PICTURED BUT LOOKING BETTER. SOMEONE WANTS TO BUY IT. WHAT WOULD BE THE VALUE. PLEASE ADVISE FAST WANTS IT YET THIS MONTH. THANK YOU.

Steve said...

If it is a big moe, I would not take less than 500

Link said...

We have a Little Moe it replaced our Dutchwest Federal Airtight 224 ccl had that stove for 24 yrs .
Now that little moe has been installed our 2000 sf ranch warm and toasty it's so much more efficient.
I wish we had this stove from the get go ,you can cook on it
dry clothes near it and our cat TIG can lay under it !!!

Link said...

Hi,
There is a gentleman in Orange, Ma that refurbishes these great stoves, he also was a salesman/dealer for the company back in the day.
Sometimes he has a post on Craigslist his prices are fair they will be in western ,ma section. that's how I found my stove