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Top loading wood stove ( carmor ! )
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Brent    Posted 02-01-2005 at 08:12:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looking for any info on a Carmor top loading wood stove made in Canada. It has no front or side doors, only a round hole in the top to load wood, and two small holes for air. Is this a good stove ? I have not installed it yet.

Elliott Richard    Posted 02-14-2009 at 09:19:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carmor stoves are good for workshops and maybe a garage as they can be quite dangerous. The reason they do not make them anymore is the stove will not pass CSA standards. The stove has a tendency to back-flash if you lift the cover quickly when the drafts are turned down or in the nearly closed position. If you have long eyebrows or a beard and want to get rid of it in hurry... get a carmor. I believe the Carmor is a poor choice for a home heating appliance. Sorry for the bad review but it has to be said. Good luck.

Amanda McGrath    Posted 10-23-2007 at 08:58:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Cormor, top and front load wood stove
Number on the plate is 380533.
I need to know if it is CSA or UlC approved.
Approx. 20 years old.

gloria    Posted 10-08-2007 at 06:50:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
weve have 2 upstairs and one downstairs....
i can say nothing but good about them...thats what weve solely
heated with for the last 30 years.......because theyre top loading
theres no sparks and ashes spilling out on the floor...theyre easy
to light with the shreads of newspaper down the damper holes
onto the kindling on the bottom with bigger wood on top....if ya
pack it up good and damper it down youll still have good coal in
the morning.......ours came with a shovel that once every so
often on a not so fridgid day ya let the coals die down and scoop
the ashes out through the top into a metal garbage can.....which
by the way ya dont have to do very often as , at least ours, has
lots a room to accomodate lots of ashes......

george    Posted 03-24-2007 at 18:38:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI some carmor stoves have a front glass door which are the smaller ones. Front door or not they are great stoves and produce lots of heat.The 2 vents on top have pins which prevent you from opening them too far. If those pins are ground off you can produce terrific heat in a hurry, but be careful not to leave the area as it will get extremely hot.

Mildred Idler    Posted 03-31-2009 at 19:41:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our stove is about 35 years old. We heated with it for two years and it hasn't been lite since then. I want to bring it up to code and need to know the specs for instillation. It does not currently have a fire board but i will purchase one when I know the required space in front, back and sides.
Can someone help me?

Millie Idler    Posted 04-04-2009 at 17:27:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In case my e-mail was not correct, I am submitting it again.

Wayne    Posted 08-12-2007 at 11:59:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you know where I can buy a Carmor top loading wood stove, with no glass? Wayne

Kenny    Posted 01-30-2007 at 14:52:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could someone email me a picture of a Carmor heater ? I have never seen one.
Thank You

murray drake    Posted 11-25-2006 at 07:21:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have had this exact stove for over 20 years and it has been very good. my father says it can burn nails. my only concern is where can i buy another one.

Trevor Harrison    Posted 02-06-2007 at 14:59:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a c1980 Carmor top loader, un-installed Sept. 06. Recently removed for reasons unrelated to stove performance. Was working fine as date of removal.

Was the primary heating source for 25yrs, in an 1800sq foot two-story home. Never had a problem with the stove. The dual air-pipe setup seems to be highly efficient, and as noted elsewhere in the thread, does allow for easy over-night burns with coals left in the morning. Our trick has been to light the fire by dropping newspaper strips down onto kindling under an air-pipe. The draft created by the air-pipe sort of acts like a blast furnace and facilitates lighting.

Asking $250 and located near Kingston, ON.

Trevor Harrison

Barb Ward    Posted 10-01-2005 at 16:54:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We bought a house that has a Carmor wood burning heater in it. The previous owners of the house installed it in our family room and it is vented through the chimney. We're trying now to get information about the stove as we have a feeling with fuel costs going up this winter that we might like to try using it. We do have an old brochure that the previous owners left for us. I'll be happy to send you a copy of it if you would like. Or, email me and I'll type out the information for you. The brochure says the stove was manufactured by Carmor Manufacturing Ltd in Ontario, Canada.

Mike Foley    Posted 01-26-2009 at 04:27:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Carmor and have been using it for the past 15 years and my father have had one for probably the past 30 years. We love our stoves. I would love to have more info on them so if I decided to purchase another.


Scott Smith    Posted 12-10-2006 at 08:56:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just purchased a Carmore (Dec 2006) and have got it up and running. It replaces a VERY similar (clone?) stove made by Mohawk Industries in Adams, MA that is about 50 % smaller. My impression of this stove is that it is a VERY serious wood stove capable of heating a sizeable house! The main drawback is that it is BIG and for that reason it holds (and burns) a LOT of wood! If you have access (as I do) to unlimited free wood, this stove will make you VERY happy!

If anyone has a copy of the owner's manual for this stove, I'd VERY much appreciate an emailed copy. (

-Scott Smith, Islesboro Island, Maine

doug    Posted 09-21-2008 at 16:25:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i am currently buying a carmor wood stove top loading no window or door, and would love a copy of the brochure as well if anyone could email me one i would appreciate it.

Ed Koehler    Posted 11-06-2006 at 13:29:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If it wouldn't be too much trouble I would really appreciate a copy of the brochure as well?
Thx Ed

Kevin P    Posted 03-10-2006 at 09:59:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Carmor top loader in my cottege. My insurance company wants info on it. I can't find info any where. The stove stays and the insurance company goes if needed. The stove is the best I've ever had. I have a $5000 unit in my house and this little Carmor kicks it's ass. If any one has info, much appreciated.

Darwin B.    Posted 04-09-2006 at 05:46:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I currently have a Carmor stove and purchased it new in 1982 - 1984 time frame and it works as good now as the day that I purchased it. Your are right; it is the best wood buring stove for heat output and efficiency, that I have encountered. I have been looking for a new smaller model for our cottage but I strongly suspect that the company is no longer in business. I'm in the same situtation with our insurance company in that they want a CSA approved stove in the cottage. The plate on our wood stove indicates Carmor Manufacturing Ltd., London Ontario. When I googled this, the only real reference that I find is this email thread. If I find anything more, I'll let you know.

Amanda Mcgrath    Posted 10-23-2007 at 09:38:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have a carmor wood stove it loads from the top and the front...we load from the top. Our insurance company wants a CSA or ULR approved model.
Please let me know if you found any information.

rick panter    Posted 10-25-2008 at 13:23:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i realize its been a year since your post but i am wondering if you or anybody else got there hand on that csa or the url number could you please let me know thanks Rick

Dennis D    Posted 08-13-2006 at 21:28:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I too have a toploading Carmor that I bought in the 80's. I only used one season back then and it's been sitting since. I thought I would put it in the paper to sell it and wondered what it was worth. Any ideas?

Roy Ryan    Posted 08-26-2006 at 18:37:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where are you located? I'd be interested if you aren't too far away.

Bram Avery    Posted 09-21-2005 at 07:54:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was reading a few responses to your request about some info on the Carmor woodstove. I managed to get one last year. The stove is in great shape and is over 20yrs old. I have it in my shed which is 14' x 24'. It keeps it very warm in there during the winter months. I have spent a lot of time looking for info on this stove. I have traced the name Carmor back to the UK. To this point I can't find out who made them or sold them . I even Emailed the National Fireplace Association in England. The one I have has no manufacturing plate or insciption on it anywhere. so if you find any info feel free to email.

Bram Avery
Corner Brook
Newfoundland Canada

Carol    Posted 05-08-2005 at 15:02:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've had a Carmor wood stove for nearly 30 years and
LOVE it. Very easy to use and does NOT need constant
tending. We did install a draft regulator in the stove pipe to
use in conjunction with the "air tubes," which made it easier
to control the draft. We live in northern Wisconsin and are
able to load the stove at bedtime and find a good bed of
coals in the morning. (By now I trust you've already installed
your stove!!!)

sawtooth    Posted 02-01-2005 at 11:06:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know anything about Carmor stoves, but while on the subject of wood stoves- lately I was in dad's shop, he uses a Hitzer woodstove to heat. It has a neat feature I've never seen on any other stove. It automatically controls the bottom draft- without an electrical hookup. Near the top of the stove on the side is a box, inside it I presume is some kind of spring that changes with heat. As the stove gets hot it closes a damper door hooked up with an adjustable chain. Any other woodstoves have that?

bill b va    Posted 02-01-2005 at 10:36:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

where do you take the ashes out . i lived with wood stoves 1931- 1950 .

deadcarp    Posted 02-01-2005 at 10:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
our trash burner is top-loading - by the time you can set a lid down, any nearby smoke is being sucked up the stovepipe - fire or not. . right now at least 40 degrees in the chimney to start the flow. if it's straight & clean, starting a draft is easy to do. if you want to, goose the draft by burning a wrinkled up paper. :)

mike    Posted 02-01-2005 at 08:31:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
wonder about the application?? seems to me any woodstove that is a "top-loader" is gonna dump smoke into the house/shop it resides in when ya put wood on it. just a thought from someone who's been around woodstoves for in excess of 30 yrs....

Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 09:31:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used to see alot of 'barrel' stoves in this configuration...Start te fire through a small door down low...Then you just 'drop' sticks up to 3 inch through a hole in the top (barrel standing on end)...The 6" stack comes out the side and turns up at 90 degrees...

Usuaully used in 'expedition' tents...

Need almost constant tending and needs 'small' dry splits to be any good...

Once they are lit, the only air inlet is through the hole where you load wood, so the draw is downdraft and then up and out...They smoke a bit on startup, but will soon start drawing 'correctly' if well designed...

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