Can old shacklock ranges run on wood?

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10 years 2 days ago #32082 by kai
just wondering, I like the look of them and you can pick them up for reasonable amounts on trademe. Not cheap or clean to run if you have to buy coal though.
I am toying with putting it on the deck to be a combination of outdoor fire, pizza oven. I am guessing you would not need building consent, but if any one can cite the appropriate section of the act that says it does, I would appreciate it..

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10 years 2 days ago #429092 by Stikkibeek
Pretty rare for us to have used coal in the one we had when I was a child. Mostly burned pine strips from the mill, occaisionally macrocarpa and if the dairy factory trucks spilled coal at the railway station, we then scored a little bit of coal. They may soot up more quickly, with wood but they are pretty easy to clean.

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10 years 2 days ago #429094 by Andrea1
Everyone I know who is using one uses wood rather than coal. You have to open up the firebox a bit to get in wood rather than small bits of coal, but it's supposed to be quite easy to retrofit, I'm told, usually a DIY job.

As for consent, that I don't know for your size block. It would pay to check with your local council.

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10 years 2 days ago #429095 by igor
They sure can. Tramping club huts up in Northland had them way back when. Glad I wasn't the one carrying the cast iron parts into the bush.
Just remembered Aunty had one. Ran it on wood all the time.

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10 years 2 days ago #429096 by stephclark
yip.. i am running a shacklock number 0..(quite rare )
the water jacket for the wetback was at the back of the fire box ( normally to the side ).. we removed that the lengthen the firebox and we burn only wood...

depending on what model you have, there are firebox extender kits available, in most they extend the firebox to the front of the range..

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10 years 2 days ago #429098 by stephclark
ooppss.. sorry Kai, just re read your post.. i have a number 1 in the barn that would be perfect for the outdoor pizza arrangement you talk about.. had thought about doing myself with it..but not going to bother..

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10 years 2 days ago #429120 by kai
shame you weren't closer, I would have been interested in buying it.

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10 years 1 day ago #429241 by griev
Hi Kai, they sure can, the difference is, coal needs air to come under it hence the grate situated off the floor of the fire box and the ash receiver fitted underneath, wood reqs air to come in over the top hence wood fires have no grate, so when coal ranges are taken in for a conversion, all they do is lower the grate! but either way you can burn wood in it as is, you will need smaller pieces to fit in there

PS the saw bench is doing great!, sharpened the blade and it rocks, havn't yet reconfigured yet, too many other important jobs as per usual on a lifestyle block!

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10 years 1 day ago #429266 by kai
glad the saw bench got a good home, we bought a small electric one from the previous owners, it does the job as the trees here are a little smaller than the last place.

the saw bench should have a lot of life left in it, it had new bearings and spindle. We came across the manual for the engine last week if you are interested. I think it is still in the garage.

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10 years 1 day ago #429271 by griev
ha that would be great Kai! I like collecting the manuals believe it or not i actually read them too!

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10 years 1 day ago #429274 by kai
I will have a look, I think it got chucked into the rubbish box in the garage, but as I am pretty sure it never gets emptied, it is probably still on the top

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10 years 19 hours ago #429348 by 3 girls farming
has anyone on this thread got a manual for a Shacklock Orion 601??? my district council want one before they sign off the range and I can't find one on the net... can't even locate a Shacklock museum or anything.

and .. yes.. I use Manuka on my range and it's brilliant...

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10 years 4 hours ago #429384 by stephclark
try contacting Dr Flue in auckland.. they have info on the 601.. i was trying to get an exploded diagram of the number 0.. and they tried to tell me the 601 was the same.. they arent..anyway..

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8 years 11 months ago #465212 by downsizer
Can anyone tell me where I can get a firebox extender kit for a Shacklock Orion?

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8 years 11 months ago #465233 by stephclark

downsizer;467298 wrote: Can anyone tell me where I can get a firebox extender kit for a Shacklock Orion?


as above.. try dr flu or broadys in auckland.. check on TM.. what model oven is it?

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