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.
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