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    Posted 6 years ago

    MrsGraham
    (21 items)

    Recently bought this off a neighbor who needed to raise some funds quickly. It's pretty big compared to others I've seen, stands about 32" tall to flat top. The two doors on the front are bifold. I love the look of the Eagle and Stars.

    It's a bit dirty and rough right now but I don't think my plants mind. I can't decide if I want to paint it or something to fancy it up, I kind of like it as is.
    (and don't mind the floors, getting ready to refinish soon)

    Also, there is what looks like an oil spill on the front of it, maybe motor oil... how do I clean that up? Tried regular scrubbing with detergent and a degreaser.

    Anyone know how to find a maker or age or anything?

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      If this is original it should have foundry marks to help you identify it. As for the oil spill, it is common to warm oil for a tractor on a wood stove. I know a guy who burned his own house down doing it. Lacquer thinner should remove the oil fairly quickly. Spray it let it soak a minute or two then gentle scrub with a semi hard bristle brush and wipe it up. Flush it with water. NO OPEN FLAMES and do it in a well ventilated area. Touch it up with Rutland Stove Black which is inexpensive and made for use on cast stoves.
    2. MrsGraham, 6 years ago
      Ripley, that is what it was described to me as. I'll have alook at the two companies you listed. Thanks for the great info.
    3. MrsGraham, 6 years ago
      Fhrjr2 thanks for the tip, I'll try your cleaning method when I get it outside next. Thankfully I don't have a tractor to heat oil for.
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      These stoves were mass reproduced in Taiwan during the 80's. the hardware used to assemble it will give you and idea and also look for whether it ever had a gasket where the individual pieces join. This type stove is called a Ben Franklin stove because he invented them during the 1700's. I think it was the first to have built in baffles to keep smoke from coming back in the room. Reproductions seldom have a full baffle system. The pictures don't show the interior or any fasteners so it is difficult to tell. The foundry marks are your best bet and they should be embossed in the casting. They will be very obvious.
    5. MrsGraham, 6 years ago
      I must have been in a hurry to just get it in the house and out of the way the night I got it because I completely missed the mark on the back. It says

      Majestic
      Model 98-1800
      Franklin Heater
      Majestic Co.
      Huntington Co Inc.

      I'll see if I can get a picture of it later and I'll post it.
    6. bwest, 5 years ago
      I have this same stove except with out the base. i was wondering how much one of these would sell for and just wanted to see if you would know. thanks in advance for your response.
    7. purplepanda1, 4 years ago
      please do not paint this beauty! whether it is a true "antique " or a facsimile, doesn't matter. it is still a piece of americana . a good cleaning and cast iron conditioner should bring the beauty back! (i just got a Franklin wood & coal antique fireplace stove ~ circa 1900-1940. we are looking for the oval stovepipe that goes from the top of the stove to the rest of the stovepipe. )
      here's a website to check out : goodtimestove.com

      Its for Antique Refurbished Stoves & Ranges.
    8. kathyputta, 4 years ago
      My daughter has a stove just like this one. Did you ever find out the value of it?
      it is also Model 98-1800 Franklin Heater from Huntington, IND.

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