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Offline kyjondeere

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Free OWB Worth It?
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:27:04 am »
I have always wanted an OWB but have never pulled the trigger due to the up front costs.  I have an opportunity now to get a early 90s model Hardy for free.  Its been sitting for 10 years at a Co-Workers.  His father took it on trade for some work.  He says he doesn't know the history of it or what if anything is wrong with it but I can have it if I want it.  I can't imagine that its 100% functional or it would likely not have been taken out of service.

I can imagine that this could become a money pit that I regret big time.  Please provide any thoughts you may have on this.

P.S. My parents in-law gave us a free above ground swimming pool once.  After paying to have it installed, new liner, new deck, etc. etc.etc and continuous upkeep, it has been the most expensive free thing I've ever had.   ;D

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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 11:22:14 am »
Can you weld?  Can you do the install yourself.  If you do an install and it bombs would you replace it with a newer OWB?

I wouldn't add a wood stove just for the price.  However, it you wanted to add one anyway, this would be a good way to start.

I think the Hardy's are stainless perhaps?  If stainless, it can get brittle from heat over time making it crack and leak and harder to weld.  Good chance this is why it came out of service.

If you do weld on stainless, please use good PPE.  Hexavalent Chrome is nasty stuff that you don't want to breathe.
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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 11:28:50 am »
 IMO if you're in the market for a furnace, since it's free you could always pick it up and have it inspected by an experienced eye and get a professional opinion if there is an honest furnace dealer in the area.

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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 09:12:22 pm »
You could at least fill it with water. If it doesn't leak you'll have yourself a deal.
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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2017, 08:39:34 am »
try running it without the install to the house
if it works, great, if not scrap it.
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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2017, 05:44:06 pm »
try running it without the install to the house
if it works, great, if not scrap it.

Thats exactly what I was going to say. Fill it up, if it hold water fire it up stand alone unhooked from the house and see if it reaches temp and holds it. If so you got a steal.. if not scrap has value and they weigh a ton, literally.

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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2017, 07:11:57 pm »
just because it holds water cold don't mean a thing most wont leak on the out side cold only when hot if its been setting 10 years the water feed or return pipe maybe rusted off in side the stove  just think of the rust going through all the pumps and if you have hot air radiator the rust will plug it all most instantly  JMOP I would save up money and get a good used one or a new one  you are going to have close to a grand in pipe ,fittings, pumps and what ever else you need to buy and if its junk then you have stuff you will never use in less you go get a good one  I would leave it set 10 more years AGAIN JMOP  good luck in what ever you do PS  chasing holes in a rusted stove is not fun been there done that a few times 

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Re: Free OWB Worth It?
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2017, 09:10:20 pm »
Wouldn't pass on freebie.  Play with it without hooking it up like others said, find out what it needs and take it from there.  Probably $ 150 in scrap.
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