Fisher Wood Stoves

Bob Fisher is well-known for starting to produce some of the first airtight welded steel plate stoves.

It must be noted that, according to the website ,Fisher wood stoves are no longer made in North America or sold in the United States. If you are lucky enough to own a Fisher wood stove, accessories and replacement parts most certainly are hard to come by, but the Fisher stoves are considered to be a collector’s item.

First Fisher Wood Stoves

Those Fisher wood stoves were first created in Oregon by Bob Fisher in the mid-1970s. Fisher’s design utilized a new welding and sealing design which curtailed air leakage, which was a major problem for wood stoves on the market during that time. The first licensed Fisher wood stove was produced using the twenty-five steel shops in North America under the business name Fisher Stove International Organization. After he bought an A-Frame in the mountains, Bob discovered that heating with wood in the existing fireplace was very wasteful. Fisher wood stoves were a popular choice in the 1980s, since the oil prices skyrocketed and a lot of households turned to wood-burning alternatives.

The most distinctive design element of a Fisher wood stove are the doors, because each unit’s set was personally manufactured by Bob Fisher, while the stove’s body was constructed by one of the twenty-five steel manufacturing companies. Real Fisher wood stoves have the name “Fisher” engraved on the front doors, and are made of heavy steel which was finished in brass, nickel or cast-iron. The website lists that Fisher wood stoves were distinct for their furnace-like appearance.

Although Fisher Wood Stoves are no longer sold in the states, they are still popular among collectors. Bob Fisher designed the Fisher Stove in the late 1970s at Springfield, Oregon. And during the following years, Fisher Stoves became popular. It’s very important to underline that the Fisher Stove pioneered safety standards at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). The stoves, which were manufactured by Fisher prior to the 1980s, were installed using the building codes. They were required to be kept 36 inches away from combustible walls.

Fisher Wood Stoves

Fisher Wood Stoves

One simple fact made Fisher wood stoves much better than the competition. Bob Fisher discovered that the wide fireplaces that were so popular were quite wasteful. This happened because heating wood in these fireplaces didn’t heat the room very efficiently. And to fix this, Fisher sealed up part of the fireplace and welded the iron in such a way that it left only a small six-inch opening for the chimney. As the result, this fireplace was able to heat an entire A-frame home.

The Models of Fisher Wood Stoves

The fire could also be controlled more easily. In addition, these new wood stoves could easily be used for cooling. Fisher wood stoves were made from heavy steel plates ¼’ and 5/16′ thick. The doors were made of cast-iron.

Bob Fisher gave the original names for the models of stoves:

EPA Clean Burning Stoves

In the mid-1980s the old wood stoves were replaced by clean burning stoves. Fisher wood stoves released about 50 – 80 grams of smoke for every kilogram of wood that was burned. It’s very important to underline that the new clean burning Fisher stove released less than 6 grams of smoke on every 1 kilogram of wood that was burned. These new clean burning stoves are known as EPA outdoor wood stoves.

Design Of Fisher Wood Burning Stove

As for the design, the design of the Fisher stove was based on observing how heat was lost from a fireplace. By closing the chimney off and limiting release to only a small hole, 6 inches in diameter, the heat would be retained in the room. The Fisher wood stoves had a plume-pipe that extended from the top of the steel box structure and released the smoke outside. Older models had steel doors. Newer models had heat resistant glass doors to show the fire within.

Nowadays the stoves designed by Bob Fisher are manufactured no more. However, they are still sold as vintage goods and have become collectors’ items.

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