Prentiss Waber 2 Burner

Discussion in 'Prentiss Wabers (Preway)' started by snwcmpr, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. snwcmpr

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    I got this at a flea market earlier in the year for ten. It works very well. I have used it car camping several times, including the NE stove meet in Vermont July 2013. It was there that I was told the date range is mid to late 1930's.

    I am unable to find an exact match here on the forum. There are some similarities, but not.
    It is very much like this one ... HERE The burners are the same, the air vent dial is larger, and the grate is different.
    It is also very much like this one ... HERE but the grate is different (Note the 4 holes in the grate in between the burners), the air vent dial is larger, and the burners are different.

    It has several different colors of paint on it, not counting the rust. It has a broken hinge, that will require some welding/brazing at some time. I have the parts to the hinge safely stashed away.

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    The burners.

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    The grate.

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    The tank.

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    The dial.

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    The valve assembly joint, note the "S 1066" stamp.

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    Priming.

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    And flame shots. It does a good job of simmering, and the right will simmer on its own, while the other burner is on high.

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    One day I may post some pictures of this stove cleaned up and painted.

    Thanks for looking,
    Ken in NC
     
  2. Rick b

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    Hii Ken. Great old stove and burns nicely. This should keep you busy during the cold winter months. Thanks for posting.
     
  3. Sparky

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    Well, I am impressed! Nice burn for an old stove. Are you going to rehab it?
     
  4. snwcmpr

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    Rehab? Well, first I will have to weld or braze the hinge. If I do that then it would need a paint job. If I am going to paint it, then I might as well remove the rust.
    But, for now, it's a user.

    Ken in NC
     
  5. idahostoveguy

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    Ken,

    Looks like a good work horse stove. That'll fix up real nice. I have one that is 'similar' with the same grate from the late 30s. One of the few that Preway was still making cast iron grates for and then went to conventional wire grate after that. Weighs a lot!

    I also have a three burner with the same cast iron in this style too. Built like a tank and is just as heavy...

    sam
     
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    I do wonder what the best way is to 'weld' the hinge pieces back on.

    Ken in NC
     
  7. idahostoveguy

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    Hinges are hard to fix anyway, much less a stove hinge. If it was me doing the fix, I would remove the old hinge, using a Dremel tool or similar, if possible. Find a scrap piece of steel and use it to mend the hinge by welding the scrap on, and then weld the hinge back on to the stove. Of course, I would make sure that the hinge didn't show any sign of the scrap before I put it on.

    If I new it would not be a show piece I would remove the old hinge and find one that was similar and put it on. I've seen that very thing on countless suitcase stoves. Some ugly old hinge is sadly attached using giant pop rivets, but, hey, it worked.


    sam
     
  8. DAVE GIBSON

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    i have always wondered if they made these old stoves so robust because they wanted to make them last,big pipes and cast grates,or they just did not have a way to make smaller lighter stuff.
     
  9. OMC

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    OLD THREAD I post to add a few details about this stove.

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    I've been impressed w/above post, albeit a big & heavy stove.
    Closed case is 20 1/2 x 11 3/8 x 5 1/8 and weighs approx. 17.5 lbs.
    The cast iron grate is 19 ¾ x 10 ¼. And the tank is 13 x 3 ½.
    Diameter of the top of both burners 2 7/8”.

    I know, "tell me something I don't already know":
    Ok, what we have here is a fa ... Preway Model 402
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    made by: Prentiss Wabers Products Company
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

    We don't see many 401s and 402s, not sure why and not sure as to approx. years of manufacture, pat. # may shed some light?

    For those minus a label, one might also note “402 – 700” on the underside of the grate.
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    Burner asm. is made up of form-fit sheet metal pieces and 1 piece being cast iron, the elbow.
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    Re up/down lever of the right burner, here the lever is up (pulls center shaft down / out)
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    When the lever is down it pushes center shaft up/in.

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    undt datz it from here, peace out.
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