Hi! Brand new to wood stoves. Picked up a 1928 patent Farm-Master Brooder Stove. First how was this stove used for brooding chickens? I can’t find any info about this stove or the company. I would also like to know what the foot pedal is supposed to do. Any info would be great! Thanks
I found something about brooder stoves on YouTube. Apparently they can be set for a certain temperature, so that when the temperature drops below a certain point more air is allowed into the feed.
If I were going to construct a stove, for the purpose of brooding, it would be a rocket mass heater with a low enough bench for the chicks to climb up on, or just a heated section of floor. Usually these benches are hotter at one end than at the other, so that each bird could choose the spot most comfortable for them. The temperatures typical of a metal stove, could easily singe little feathers, if they were to crowd around it and someone gets pushed. A cob version, would not have any spots more than 150 degrees. Most importantly, a cob version could be fired once a day, and then left alone.
A metal stove will radiate heat in all directions. Baby chicks are quite short, so they won't benefit from any heated surface that isn't something they can stand on. Hot air can float away. With a heated surface to stand on, they have the opportunity to move closer and to sit together huddled.
Heated cob will evaporate the moisture from droppings. The chicks would be able to have clean dry feet. Wet feet are cold feet, generally.
posted 2 years ago
Thanks! I actually won’t be using it as a brooder, just was curious about stove and the company. I want to use it in a small room.
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