This is the smallest Elm stove, built like the old Non Cat Elms from the 1980′s. This customer was looking for a stove to supplement their central wood fired boiler system. Since the house is very old and lacking proper insulation, the kitchen area, where they spend the most time, is the room where they wanted some warming radiant heat, and a place to cook as well. They have used an Elm from 1976 to heat that area. I was surprised that even without a firebox baffle, it was doing a very good job. They were burning more wood than they should have been, since there was no baffle to elongate the flame path and transfer the heat to the shell of the stove. Much of it would go right up the chimney. Fortunately it is a central chimney and gives off heat to the rooms. The 1976 will be rebuilt and serve as the primary heat source for a camp in Maine, which has new insulation, doors and windows.
The parts went by truck from Montpelier, Vermont to Seattle, Wa. and were loaded on a barge to Anchorage, Alaska in March of 2011. This happened at the time the Japanese Tsunami was racing across the Pacific ocean. Fortunately the pallet was back on land for the final truck ride to Prudhoe Bay, where it was met by Jim’s wife and forwarded it to a point 6 miles from Jim’s remote home. It then was towed by snow machine to it’s new home, where the 80′s vintage Catalytic Elm will be transformed into a modern secondary air Elm stove. Jim’s thorough mechanical ability will be tested as he takes the old stove apart and mates the ends with the new barrel, baffle and box beam. New gaskets and paint will give him the airtight stove he needs and the beauty it deserves to start it’s new life keeping the family and lodge guests warm and comfortable for the long winters ahead. As always I will remain in email communication for any questions that come up. Good luck Jim!
I am shipping parts to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Jim Helmericks of Colville Village, proud owner of a 1988 Catalytic 36″ Elm stove. He is going to transform it into a secondary air Elm, to heat their home/ lodge in the very Northern part of Alaska. They heat 12 months of the year, and operate a big game guide service, …commercial fishing business, and is one of Alaska’s best known and most skilled “bush pilots”. We are proud to count Jim and his wife Teena and family as part of our family of happy Elm stove owners. Here is a photo of their home during the Alaskan Summer. You can learn more about their lives and businesses by going to Golden Plover Guiding Co. www.goldenplover.org
As you can see, I have made a fancier ring to hold the window on the test stove. It is polished so that it reflects the dancing flames from the inner surface. If you like this, please let me know.