Landers, Frary, & Clark Universal No. 0

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  1. ArchMc

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    Mrs. Mac climbed the hill into town the other day, found something she thought I might be interested in, and gave it to me as an early Christmas present.
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    It is, as its flame plate and trivet proclaim, an L.F.&C Universal #0 Alcohol stove, patented Sept 8, 1908.

    Here are its components: on the left, the stand and trivet, with the burner underneath. To the right is the fuel tank with damper control and priming pump, with the burner cap below. 2components.JPG

    The bottom has the detailed patent info:
    "PATD MARCH 20, 1908, NOV 17, 1908
    NEW BRITAIN, CONN. U.S.A.
    CANADA PATENTED SEPT. 8, 1908"
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    It's in excellent shape, and fired right up. I put yuppie fireplace fuel in the tank, allowed the wick in the burner to soak it up for a minute, pumped some fuel into the priming cup, and it took off without a hitch.
    Priming:
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    And off she goes:
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    Of course, I couldn't let the flame go to waste.
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    ....Arch
     
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    Ok, so I can't read my own photo.
    The Canada patent is "DEC 15 08".

    ....Arch
     
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    Excellent stove Arch. I think its fair to say these are the best performing, and looking, spirit stoves I have ever come across. So much so that I even thought it worth the expense of having my rusted base unit re-chromed. But yours here is more than good enough not to need any such restoration, a perfect example.
    Ian:thumbup:
     
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    Beautiful little stove Arch . Mrs Mac certainly has a good eye !
    Perfect size for the coffee pot . You must be well chuffed .
     
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    LF&C made some beautiful items. I haven't found one of their stoves in the wild yet so I'll have to be content with my LF&C M1913 cavalry saber.
     
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    @igh371 Ian,
    I enjoyed seeing the restoration you did on yours. On mine, there’s a lot of exposed brass on the tank, but it seems to be from aggressive polishing, rather than corrosion. My base unit has a couple of discolored areas, but is close to pristine. Looks like it’s been sitting in a cupboard for much of the past century.

    I do like the stove’s performance. It sounds a bit like a roarer burner — a sound I’ve always found comforting — though quieter. I have found it to be rather sensitive to the wind. During my outside photos, on my patio, there were light, swirling winds. Short puffs of gusts from varying directions made it difficult to effectively position the windscreen. My priming flame was blown out twice, and boiling a pint took over six minutes. Performance indoors and outdoors in windless conditions is much better.

    @cottage hill bill
    LF&C produced an amazing variety of products over many years.

    Cavalry sabers!

    @A A C
    I am very well chuffed.
    Both the stove and Mrs. Mac are definitely keepers. :D/

    ….Arch
     
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    very nice indeed

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    I especially like the sunlight on that kettle.
     
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    Thank you, Ken. If only…

    It was a night photo, using my on-camera strobe. I was too close, so the lower portion of the photo is in shadow from the (longish) lens. :oops:
    The other photos I took at the same time looked ok on the camera monitor, but were slightly out of focus when enlarged on my pc. :roll: So I “overexposed” this image in post-processing, and mucked around with color saturation until I came up with something acceptable.

    ….Arch
     
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    Well, a beautiful photo nonetheless.