How to restore antique cook stoves
Judy from Greensboro, NC's
Valerie from Glendale CA's
Bob from from Seattle OR's
My neighbor recently acquired an old wood burning stove & we are going to try & restore it together. Would appreciate any tips about bringing out the 'gold leaf' effect. The back of stove says Comstock Castle Stove Co Quincy, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis. The front of stove says 'Elite Economy' and the number 196.Diane N
- Bandera, Texas
As the original mfgr. we may be able to give you some guidance.John Spake
Comstock-Castle Stove Co.
Gold leaf starter kit
Thanks, John. Please jump right in with any public tips about Diane's gold leaf, or whatever help other readers want.
If you need more info (these inquiries often are too brief!), please advise the readers what info they would need to provide in order for you to offer that guidance? Thanks!
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Brick, New Jersey
January 19, 2009
I just read the post from Diane N., Bandera, Texas, concerning the Elite Economy wood burning stove and am very interested in knowing what she was able to find out since I also have a stove by the same manufacturer, the model number is different. Mine is model 192, Elite Economy. I am missing the front door, approximately 7 in. X 8 1/2 in. and a small top round plate, approximately 3 3/4 in. I would like to read any information on this if you know it.
- Texarkana, Texas
I have an Elite 111 coal burning stove that my dad found in a railroad car several years ago ...
I would like some information about it and if possible how to go about finding some of the skirts that go on it. they are white and hook on..Judy W
- Greensboro, North Carolina
My mother asks if you have any books on Quincy stove. In the back of the stove is the numbers 43m467 and under that it read oil fire momo gram heater. Do you have any idea what year it was made and any information how to operate it. If so please answer soon as she plans to use this for her house to heat this year.Brenda H
- Canton, South Dakota
Just got a redwood Comstock Castle model 38 given to me. I was wondering if anyone has any information on the year this is. It is in fair shape , but in need of some TLC. Has ornate relief on exterior of stove. Any Help will be great.Patrick F
home owner - Kingsford, Michigan
Antique Iron: Identification and Values
Regarding the Redwood. It is an iron box heating stove. We made it for several decades in the mid-late 1800s. Sold a lot to the Indian Territories. Redwoods are easy to restore if the parts are not cracked.John Spake
Comstock-Castle Stove Co.- Quincy, Illinois
My husband and I just purchased an older wood burning stove. We are unsure how old it is or if we got a good deal? (We paid $200) When we purchased it, the man told us that it needed to be sealed with a fireproof sealer. (It can come apart and needs some sort of a sealer on the door too) This particular stove has a claw foot style at the bottom with a ash pan and a sliding vent. It has a round belly with a door, then a top piece with a cast iron circle lid on top. I have been unable to find it on the internet to compare prices, or find something out about it. If anyone knows any info. about my stove, I would greatly appreciate it:-)Teisha L
- Tucson, Arizona, USA
I am in the same process as you on a old Kalamazoo wood cook stove, what help have you found, and tips on care and where to find parts.Debbie H
- Dinosaur, Colorado
Have fun.Kevin N
- Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
Have you ever heard of the Breakfast stoves made in Pa used in the early 1800s and do you have a picture of one. We found a door with that name and trying to find out info.M Davis
- Iraan, Texas
hi, am redoing a older wood stove for my teacher, and one of the legs is broken. is there a place that I can find NEW set.Ethan W
- Milton, Pennsylvania
You can take broken or duplicate parts to any jobber casting shop (foundry) and have a replacement part cast.Dave Barr
- Centralia, Washington
Beautiful Antique Stove! Please Help Me Find Information! I have been given a small cast iron stove. I'm a new hobbyist and have been restoring this stove for some time. The problem I have come across is that after cleaning the rust off this stove, I cannot find any numbers or name on this. I have been searching the internet and contacting numerous people trying to figure out what I have, so far I have gotten nowhere. To best explain my stove I can only say this: It looks like a cross between a baseburner stove and a parlor stove. The cylinder stands about 20 inches off the base and to best explain it, looks ribbed. The base is square with a small a rectangle vent at the bottom front which I do have an engraved cover for it. Off the front is the tray which comes out approx. 10 inches. The top of the cylinder is a flat ring with an engraved cover for it. The stove and details engraved are all black, there is no signs of ever having any plating on it. The height of this stove is almost 26 to 30 inches tall. I was told that it would have possibly been used as a small heating stove. The stove came with 4 different handles, only one has a number and I am not sure if this would help in any way. If there is any that could help me, I would really appreciate it. I am awaiting photos to put up.Benjamin R
truck driver - Gilbertville, Massachusetts
February 25, 2009
I have an old wood/coal kitchen range. The plate on the oven door says "Columbian" and it was made in Pennsylvania.does anyone have any knowledge of this. I can find nothing on the net.Lea Davenport
homeowner - Stillwater, New Jersey
April 13, 2009
As a small child I remember visiting a neighbor who used a cook stove for heating her home and cooking meals. This lady died many years ago and left the stove to my Mother. If living my Mother would be in her mid-seventies and I am in my early fifties, therefore I feel I have acquired a very old cook stove. My Mother had the stove stored for years, I have now moved it to my house and would like to restore it. The condition is good with very little rust only on one side. My question, Best way to remove the rust and recondition the stove. Will not use for heat or cooking. I will very much appreciate the recommendation of any products. Thank you.Peggy Sutherland
- Bristol, Virginia
June 27, 2011
We have a hiking cabin 1 mile up a mountainous rocky Trail in California. Inside is a Moore's "Merit" 4 burner stove with warmer and oven. A while back there was a leak in the roof and it rusted out the sheet metal in the stove.
We still are able to use the stove although it is heavily packed with foil to protect the stove from setting the cabin on fire.
It needs to be fixed and unfortunately no one in their right mind would professionally come out to do it. Needless to say we need to do it our selves. transporting the stove would be next to impossible...
I have a few questions what type of sheet metal is needed to replace the box? does this need to be professionally bent and welded or can it be assembled at the cabin?
It will be at least a year before we attempt to tackle this project as I need to get as much info as possible before I start it. I am crafty but not a welder. I read the forum on wood stove repair but didn't see any suggestions for the sheet metal replacement. since the metal is so rusted in spots I am just not sure what gauge and what type of metal I would be using.
If it is not welded together what type of adhesive is used to connect the pieces.
Also what type of bolts would be purchased to replace the riveted bolts on the stove?
Hobbyist/cabin owner of a stove that needs help! - Glendale, California USA
May 30, 2012
Q. I have a South Bend Malleable Wood Cook stove that is
in great condition except for the backsplash piece behind the shelf unit. It was replaced with a piece of sheet metal
and painted. The paint is chipping and flaking off.
Is there anyway I can put a reasonable paint job on it that approximates the original and how do I match the paint color that is off white. Is there any place that might have an original piece with original finish.
- Seattle, Washington