This is a beautiful Chappee, Model Number 8007 , manufactured during the 1930's by The Antoigne Foundry in Le Mans. The stove, sometimes referred to as a Porthole model, was very popular in its day with its simple Deco styling and large well built firebox (steel with inner cast panel linings).The name Chappee dates back to 1895 when Armand Chappee took over the running of the foundry with his son and formed "Chappee et fils"; some stoves still exist today with that name attached. The foundry flourished, despite its location and lack of natural resources, initially producing products for the railways, cast iron radiators and later, shells of all calibre, for the First World War. When Armand died in 1922 the foundry was initially run by his sons, whom immediately fell out with each other.....the business deteriorated , and in 1926 was taken over by the Societe Generale de Fonderie. The name Chappie remained and became synonymous with all types of ironwork, especially their cast fountains; they also produced some remarkably ornate man hole covers which are still in use today! The company is owned by Baxi these days and now manufactures a range of heating appliances. The stove has the following dimensions:
Width: 550mm ( 795mm with side door open )
Depth: 385mm (inc Flue stub)
Height: 525mm ( 795mm with top open )
Flue external diameter: 92-97 mm tapered. Weight aprox. 45Kg The enamel on the stove is in average condition with some chipping, heat stress lines and makings. There is some water staining to the end, although the stove still retains its original brightness and colour which are well represented in the photos.
The stove has been completely overhauled and reconditioned. The work undertaken on this stove included the following:
1: The original firebox has been repaired and sealed..
2: The fire box has a new cast in situ firebase.
3: All new mica fitted to the front view aperture.
4: The original asbestos door seal has been replaced with a modern soft rope seal
The stove is fully functional and will accept logs up to 400mm+ long and 180mm+wide. I would guess that the stove is capable of providing up to 5Kwatts of heat with well seasoned wood. The stove should only be fitted by a competent person and note taken of the existing regulations. Should you have any questions relating to the installation please ask me.
The stove is presently in North London, although I can arrange for it to be collected (or despatched) from South Dorset . Should you require delivery please ask me for a quotation.
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