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What are some features of Riteway wood stoves?

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Riteway wood stoves were designed to burn wood efficiently, and in some cases coal, employing a technique that used combustion gases to increase heat production. Some Riteway models were able to maintain room temperature at constant levels, using a thermostatic control system. The models were popular in the 1970s and the 1980s and have since become vintage pieces for collectors, who appreciate their severe industrial design and old-fashioned features.

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Riteway Manufacturing Co. was a company based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, that made a functional type of wood stoves in the 1970s and 1980s. The stoves had a simple design and a sturdy built. They featured an internal combustion system where gases produced from wood-burning would be used to create extra heating before escaping from the chimney through a 40-inch flue.

The popular Model 37 was made of steel, cast iron and firebrick. It could burn both wood and coal and had a fuel capacity of seven and a half cubic feet. Riteway customers could also buy an optional galvanized steel jacket that would help distributing heat evenly into the room. Model 37 was also compatible with additional water heaters that were used to heat domestic water. The system would first heat the water and then send it to special storage tanks or electric hot water heaters.

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