The New Globe Hot Blast No. 718 is still a marvel of thermodynamic engineering, even though its design is at least 100 years old. Probably at least 110 years old, as of this writing in 2011.
Made by The Globe Stove & Range Co., of Kokomo, Indiana, circa 1900 -1910, the New Globe Hot Blast is an exemplary heating stove, for any era, and also very handsomely designed.
Standing 70″ high, it is a commanding presence, and even more so when it is fired up, with the fire visible through its eight mica windows, and reflected on the upper reflector and two side wing reflectors.
It is certainly capable of heating a large area. In its past, it may have been used to heat a church or meeting hall, and today, it would be an excellent heater for an open concept home with a high ceiling, or a large recreation room.
There have been some questions about understanding the ‘hot blast’ feature of this stove. Here is a picture of the interior of the New Globe Hot Blast:
While you can’t see the hot blast fire holes in this picture, you can get an idea of how the fire pot is supposed to be.
The wall there is the interior wall of the fire pot, with the grates below it. Of course it was originally intended for use with coal, and burning it efficiently. In the original advertisement, the New Globe Hot Blast is said to be much more efficient than the Globe Hot Blast, as it “has been subjected to over eight thousand rigid and severe ..tests..and was proclaimed the victor in each and every instance.”
Here you can see the holes in the fire pot where the extra hot blast air comes through to enhance the fire.
The original ad says: “We claim that our new heater will burn any kind of fuel more economically, will consume the smoke and soot more completely, will heat the base, floor and room more thoroughly, and will hold fire just as long as any heater ever made”
And, here is the special ‘hot blast door draft’ to open in order to engage the hot blast feature:
The Hot Blast Draft Door
This is the special door which opens by a lever to the right.
As you can see, it says right on the door, “Pull the lever to open hot blast draft”.
The original ad says: It can be operated by a novice with better results than the old-type stove can be operated by an expert with his bound volume of rules for operation.”
The Hot Blast Draft Door, open
Here, you can see the door opened by the crank lever. There are several notches on the lever to allow more or less air into the intake draft.
When opened, the air goes directly into the double-walled fire pot, and feeds in around the inside of the fire pot, directly to the fuel.
It is sort of like having an automatic interior set of bellows fanning the fuel, and without any smoke or soot coming through, outside of the stove at all. It burns the fuel as completely as possible, meaning that your heat is staying in the stove and radiating into the room, and not creating smoke going up the chimney, and the fuel is completely and efficiently used, and not left half burned.
The New Globe Hot Blast was offered in two different versions.
With a Steel Jacket and with a Cast Jacket.
It was also offered in several different sizes, from a 14″ fire pot, to a 20″ fire pot.
The weight of the stove from smallest to largest went from 210 lbs. to 470 lbs.
They usually transported these stoves by horse and wagon. (off the railroad)
(And, we thought the USPS and UPS was bad enough, right? : )
Well, the stoves got there, and were used. Glad there are some left for us to appreciate!
Nothing like this is being made today. And, it is a gift from our collective ancestry in this great nation of ours to still have some of these wonderful stoves to be restored and employed as they were meant to be.
Once restored authentically, these stoves are in original working condition for the next 100 years. What a legacy! And a truly great heirloom to give to posterity.