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Wood Stoves: restoration hints and where to find parts & info, p.1 of 3

Prizer Senate cook stove
Sandra R from Sugarloaf PA's
"Prizer Senate"
   Detroit Star cook stove
Dana B from Harpers Ferry WV's
"Detroit Star"


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Here are links to the sections of the thread discussing specific brands of stoves:

OAK - Sun Oak, Duro Oak, Round Oak
ODOM (and asbestos discussion)
PRIZER (and firebrick)
VERMONT CASTINGS (and remove porcelain)

For parts, it looks like:
www.homesteadstove.com (Portland OR)
Homestead Vintage Stove (Centralia, WA) www.lehmans.com and
have at least some.

www.antiquecookstove.com appears to no longer exist, and
www.goodtimestove.com explicitly says they don't sell parts.

Other possible sources might include

Please don't request valuations/appraisals or hint that you're open to offers for your stoves or parts :-)

For some related topics, please see:
• Thread 11428 "Restoring a cast iron wood stove completely covered in rust"
• Thread 13218 "Restoring Nickel Plating on Wood Cookstove", and
• Thread 37825 "Wood Stove smokes from the joints"
• Thread 39780 "Will refinishing a woodstove contaminate the earth?" or
Search the Site for dozens of threads.


Q. I also am interested in the refinishing of these wood stoves as I have two old Crawford and one Glenwood baseburner that I want to restore.
One of the Crawford has a cracked back and I would like to find out where to get it recast or where to find a new back to replace it with.

Anyone with any information also on who will re-nickel let me know. Thanks

Christopher M [last name deleted due to age of posting]
hobbyist - Springfield, Vermont

Ed. note: for the re-nickeling, please see our Directory of Metal Finishing Jobshops.

A. Hello, finding a back is possible, but depending on the model & size, not very likely. Having it recast is not at all cost effective. If you have most of the pieces it can be welded by someone that knows stoves. The backs on many old cook stoves crack with overheating or uneven heating. The hard part in welding cast iron is that the piece will be heated in use, and most welds look great before use, then "pop" when heated up. The piece needs to be heated fully till it is cherry red and welded while hot, then cooled slowly. This stops the "pop" and re-cracking.

Richard Waite
old stoves - Hatfield, Massachusetts


Q. I have a C. 1809-1910 Crawford Fortress stove which has graced our summer home's kitchen for years. It was converted to oil (I believe kerosene, with two burners under the left two cooking plates)back in the 40's and we used it for heating through till the early 80's. I disconnected it as I felt it was not overly safe and it has not been used since. The stove is in great shape but since it has not been used for the past 30 years for anything other than a food prep area, the finish has deteriorated a bit (stains, a bit of surface rust, nickel discolored / pitted), etc. I would like to both refinish / restore the stove to bring back it's natural beauty, as well as, remove the oil burners and either replace with a propane gas kit, or go back to basics and get it back to wood.

Any advise or counsel on the questions below would be very helpful:

1) I want to re-plated the nickel pieces and would love to get a recommendation of a good platter. I read that it is very important to pick a good platter since the quality varies considerably. I live in the Boston area and would appreciate any input on people that do a good job at a reasonable price.

2)What is the best way to practically restore the black finish? I heard that sand blasting is the best but that would require a disassembly and shipping it to a restorer or sand blaster. I really want to do it myself and would like to hear of any chemicals, mechanical devices or methods to restore in place.

2a) What is the best solution or chemical to clean up-degrease? Simple soap/water, or would a more aggressive chemical or solution speed up the process?

2b) Is it advisable to sand or wire brush the exterior once the grease and dirt is removed?
2c) IS there anything I need to consider with regard to preparing the surface for refinishing?

3) What is the best refinishing material, stove black?, High Heat stray paint?, if paint, is the original finish Flat, Mat, Semi-Gloss, Gloss, etc. I see that some restoration companies sell finishing paint (?) but don't know if it is necessary to buy something special or simple paint from Lowes would work best/

4) is it practical to think I can restore the stove in place without really messing up the kitchen? It would take a lot of convincing for me to get my wife to allow me to disassemble the stove, but if it is a must do, I could start working on it now....any general advise is appreciated on this.

5) Any advise on propane gas kits for a six burner Crawford would be appreciated. I would like a burner kit that lays under the plates so when in use, you do not see the gas flame.

Many Thanks.


Chuck Czerkawski
DYI - Cohasset, Massachusetts
October 10, 2009


DAUGHTER OF HOMEOWNER - Richmond, Virginia
January 21, 2010

Century Crawford is also mentioned in thread 11428

Q. 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 [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Tucson, Arizona, USA


Wood stove

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Q. 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

Q. 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 [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Milton, Pennsylvania

Ed. note: A list of current sources for parts is now maintained in the Introduction

A. You can take broken or duplicate parts to any jobber casting shop (foundry) and have a replacement part cast.

Dave Barr
- Centralia, Washington


"Catalogs of stoves and ranges. Part 2"
by Quincy Stove Co.
from Abe Books
or Amazon
[affil links]

Q. My mother asks if you have any books on Quincy Stove[affil link on AbeBooks or Amazon]. In the back of the stove is the numbers 43m467 and under that it read oil fire Monogram 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 [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Canton, South Dakota

Q. Hi, we are inquiring about a Monogram stove 4c80, Monogram Industries, Quincy, Ill. Can you tell me if it is a gas, coal or wood burning stove?

Gail Little
- Crystal, Michigan, United States
December 11, 2012

Q. Hello,
I recently purchased a camp that has a Quincy Stove Manufacturing Co. Monogram wood/ gas stove in it. Is it possible to use wood in for the heat in the oven section of this stove? and if so, How would I go about doing this?

Lisa Buchko
- Spaulding, Michigan, USA
October 28, 2013



Q. 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 [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Dinosaur, Colorado

Ed. note: A list of current sources for parts is now maintained in the Introduction

Q. I purchased a Kalamazoo Presidential coal/wood cook stove. Does anyone have an installation manual or advice as to a thru the wall installation?

Jean Smith
- Shunk, Pennsylvania USA
September 9, 2016

Q. Hey Everybody. In a jam and trying to find a door for cooking wood stove. I have a Kalamazoo wood stove. The dimensions are 8 1/2 wide by 6 1/2 high, between hinges is 3 5/8. Was a creme color, but don't care what color it is. Someone took a torch and cut part of the bottom off

John Mozina
- Vandergrift Pennsylvania USA
May 11, 2020

Q. 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 [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
truck driver - Gilbertville, Massachusetts


Q. My mother recently purchased an antique Miller stove. I believe it is made of enamel and porcelain. She asked me to find information about how to restore it and find parts for it and I'm not having very much luck. If anyone has any information regarding this, please let me know. Thanks.

- Las Vegas, Nevada

Ed. note: A list of current sources for parts is now maintained in the Introduction

Q. Anyone know of any good sites to buy old stove parts?

Tim Peterson
- Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Ed. note: A list of current sources for parts is now maintained in the Introduction


Q. Purchased at an Estate Auction a Jacobs Manufacturing, Bridgeport, Al wood burning kitchen stove...Model #88-18. Would very much like to have the right hand end shelf that attaches to it. Have been researching this for sometime now and am coming up empty handed. If anyone has any ideas or solutions would greatly appreciate a reply. Thanks!

Jacobs Manufacturing wood stove Jacobs Manufacturing wood stove 2

Jacobs Manufacturing wood stove 3

Jacobs Manufacturing wood stove 4

Carole Lowe
- Burlington, North Carolina

Q. Carole, I just bought one like those but it has a water reservoir on the right. Do you have a picture of the left side? My stove is missing something. The top part of the side (looks like a door).

Tracy Costilow
- Cascilla, Mississippi
April 4, 2023

Q. Hello my name is V beaver. I was given a very small wood cook stove that needs to be restored. It was made by Jacob Manufacturing Co, in Bridgeport Alabama. There is writing on the oven that says "Wonder". I have been looking for information but can't find any. This little stove has a burner that is made to keep hot cereals from burning, very different than any I have ever seen. If anyone knows where I can get any information on this stove please help!

Vicky Beaver
collector - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
July 21, 2011


Q. We just bought a Jacobs Cook stove. Very small. The metal tag on back says Jacob's Heater corporation, Athens Alabama. Model # 117 540. We were told it's Wood/coal stove. We would like to buy new fire brick for this and CANNOT seem to find where to get them. Also need a grate shaker handle.
Thanks for any help....it's really appreciated.

Theresa Simms
- Independence, Virginia, USA
November 25, 2012

"Firebrick, pack of 6"

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A. Hi Theresa. I don't know how much it will help, but fire brick is very easily cut with a concrete saw. I don't see why a homeowner couldn't use a tile saw if it's big enough to accommodate the thickness of the firebrick. Just check that the brick is the right thickness for your stove, and cut to the shape you need. Good luck.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Q. I have a Diamond King wood burning cook stove made by Jacob's Mfg. Bridgeport Ala. that was used by my Husband's Grandmother. It seems to be all there, just needs TLC. Our problems, first, I can't find any information online about "Kitchen King" stoves. The oven door, although it does not seem broken or any parts missing, has no catch or way of staying closed.I would appreciate any help or advise anyone out there has. Thanks

Georgia Lowery
- Eureka, Missouri USA
July 6, 2014

Q. I have an old Jacobs Mfg co wood cook stove with the Diamond King name on it. There are some things on this stove I am not sure about. Controls ... There is a piece in the back with a protector spring on it; don't know what it does. There is also a flap under the oven door and don't know what that does either. Thanks for any help.

michael allen
- galax, Virginia
December 27, 2014

Q. Good afternoon, is there any information available regarding Jacobs Potbelly stoves? I have recently picked up a No 117 P from the curbside. Thanks!

Dan McCool
- Scotch Plains, New Jersey
December 21, 2015


"Glenwood Heaters 1902"
from Abe Books
or Amazon
[affil links]

A. TO CAROLE LOWE, I have a Glenwood F iron cook stove, one of the black iron type with nickel trim. It is missing a shelf on one side, and I have visited and written to folks who sell and restore them, but the response is always the same: They have dozens of these shelves, but don't want to part with them. The reason is because they make a lot more money restoring and selling a whole stove than they would if they sold me one shelf.

Erika Donneson
Erika Donneson
- Saco, Maine
January 11, 2008

A. Hi Carole, hi Erika.

I'm not saying it's dead easy to find the right shop, but a small foundry (maybe even a hobbyist specializing in it) can pretty easily make a replacement casting, especially if you already have one of the item, so a sand pattern can be made directly from it. Good luck.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Q. Just recently purchased a 1913/14 Glenwood wood burning stove. Need to find the fire grates. Area is 12 1/2Lx 13 1/2W. Any suggestions for who may have them would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help.

Dennis Ivester
- Braselton, Georgia
October 8, 2020

Q. I have old wood parlor stove each piece is marked Glen w p 1903,1903 5 1903 2 3 etc. I am not having lot of luck figuring out how to assemble all the parts or if it is a remanufactured piece or a nice find. Please help.

Harold J Caudill
- Goshen Indiana USA
January 25, 2017

Glenwood Stoves are also mentioned in thread 11428


Q. Hi All, I'm restoring a rusted out Brand Stove Co no 118 industrial kitchen stove that was in a cabin we just bought. It's a double oven with the fire box in between, large old stove. Just can't find much information on this company. All the cast parts are good but I need to replace all the box metals, sides, oven boxes, etc. Its around a 100 years old, guessing, and from a restaurant in San Francisco. Thanks for any help here!

Brand Stove wood stove

Ron Slater
hobbyist - Woodland, California
October 1, 2008


Q. I live in South Africa and my work recently rented an old farmhouse, which we repaired and cleaned for field staff. In the storeroom we found an old stove. The owner of the farm is not sure, but thinks its about 50 - 60 years old. The brand name is Coronet and apart from the iron bits, it is enameled. The colours are pale green and cream. We took it apart, remove the slight rust with a wire brush and cleaned it. Its back in the farmhouse and I've used it twice. Its chimney at the back is gone, but we placed it under the original hearth chimney of the house. At first it smokes a lot, smoke coming out from underneath the plates - although the plates are in perfect nick.

I don't know if its a coal or gas stove, and the owner can only remember that his mother used wood - how does one determine which it is?

And how can I stop the initial smoking? Both times I've used it for cooking and it cooks beautiful, you just have to start well in advance. Also, I can't find any information on the brand, Coronet. Has anyone heard of it before? The inside of the oven is also enameled. I have to find somewhere in SA to get stove polish [affil link], so far no one seems to know where one can buy it. I read somewhere that to see the "leaks" one can put a light in the firebox and see where the light leaks out. These then should be fixed with stove or furnace cement - does this sound right to those in the know?

Mel Gardiner
hobbyist - Garies, Northern Cape, South Africa
October 13, 2008

A. Hi, Mel. Hot air rises, creating a slight vacuum that pulls room air in to replace it. When you have an exhaust flue or chimney on a stove, this "warm air rising" in the flue pulls room air in through those gaps around those plates. Just positioning the stove in or near a chimney doesn't create "seal" to produce the necessary vacuum. I think you need to actually connect the stove to the chimney with a length of flue pipe, or at least run a couple of feet of flue pipe on the stove to create that vacuum and reduce the smoking.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


Q. Hi, Have acquired an antique stove of Thatcher Stove Company 'Twin Fire' Patent Jan 8,1918. I'm looking to get more information. Unsure if it is in working condition or how to go about and test it. Any information is helpful, thanks. I've looked online and have not been able to get sufficient information on this particular item.

Thatcher Twin Fire stove 1 Thatcher Twin Fire stove 2

mich mcconnell
newbie - Nyack, New York
January 14, 2009

Thatcher stoves are also mentioned in thread 31298



Q. 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
February 25, 2009

Q. I have acquired a Columbian Choice 6 plate cast iron cook stove ca. 1926. made by Keeley Stove Co., Columbia PA. Aside from needing cleanup, it is in decent working condition. However. I have discovered a hole in the lower side of the cast iron body next to the oven. It is not visible from the front and is at the very bottom of the side panel. The oven box is intact but whoever had the stove prior, tried to patch the hole on the exterior with what looks like automobile body putty. I scraped it all off, but now I have an opening at the lowest point on the side to deal with. It measures about 3 inches in height by 12 inches in length. It needs to be patched or filled. I fear it will smoke once I fire it up. I am at a loss as to how to repair it. Can anyone help?

S.B. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Salisbury, Pennsylvania
May 3, 2012

Q. Hello, I have an old Keeley pot belly stove. I am going to refinish it, and was looking for any help guidance, or manual if anybody has one. I am also looking for firebricks for it as well. Does anybody have any information or tidbits that can help or guide me in the right direction. Marking on the stove "No. Belle 12"

Ryan Kumerow
- Sterling, North Dakota USA
November 26, 2017

Columbian by Keeley stove

thumbs up sign The stove that some of you are looking for parts for looks like the Keeley 8-burner cast iron stove out of Columbia PA if I am correct ... and today there is that exact stove on Facebook marketplace in MillTown NJ for free, all parts included. Just lookup "Columbian by Keeley Stove Co." It's there. Ok, well good luck.

Bob purcell
Self employed - Trenton New Jersey
January 4, 2022

I HAVE A COLUMBIA WOOD FIRED Stove with this information on it. I am trying to figure out when it was made and any other information. I assume it was built in Columbia, PA but that is only an assumption. Any help would be appreciated.

8 18 6 JAS EMB

Gene Odato
- Landisburg, Pennsylvania
March 14, 2022

"The Columbian Stoves, Ranges Furnaces and Hot Water Specialties"
by Keeley Stove Co.
from Abe Books
or Amazon
[affil links]

A. Hello Gene. As noted earlier in the thread, Columbia stoves were manufactured by Keeley Stove Co. Although there may not be a clear answer to the year of manufacture, googling "Keeley Stove Co." offers many pages of information, and there are books on the subject. Good luck.

Luck & Regards,

pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Q. I didn't see an answer how to fill the gaps on a square stove where the sides don't completely touch. What product similar to "chinking" used for log cabins should I use?

G.D.Clark IV
- Eureka, California
May 27, 2009

"Stove and
Fireplace Mortar"

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A. Hello, G.D., furnace mortar sounds like the fix for those tiny "leaks".

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

A. For gaps and cracks: Grind and clean, stove cement on inside of crack (clean and wet surfaces first), stove silicone on outside. If crack is structural get it welded or at least J-B Weld [affil link] it, unless you want a pile of burning wood in your living room.

Also make sure your cement is rated to at least 1000 degrees. The silicone needs only about 450 because its on the exterior.

L. Jay
- NEK, Vermont

Q. 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
April 13, 2009

Q. We have several old wood heating stoves. They have been sandblasted and one we painted with flat black high heat spray paint from Sherwin Williams. Since it has been used for two seasons this way it needs touch up. Can we go over it with black stove paste polish and get workable results. Don't want to cause paint pealing etc.

Cecile Fite
- Greenwood, South Carolina
August 13, 2009

A. Hi,

I use stove polish [affil link]. For hot plates and top, Rutland door rope for all the seals, and Krylon BBQ & Stove paint [affil link].

Have fun.

Kevin N [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania


Q. 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?

Moore's Merit woodstove 2  Moore's Merit woodstove 3  Moore's Merit woodstove 4  Moore's Merit woodstove 5

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?

Valerie Campbell
Hobbyist/cabin owner of a stove that needs help! - Glendale, California USA
June 27, 2011

Q. I have found a Moore's Bro. Cook stove. It is in bad condition. It's cream/green porcelain or enamel. It would be beautiful and I would love it if I knew I could repair it. Anyone have any info. On this stove?

Marlene Tackett
Hobbyist/user - Morehead, Kentucky
December 28, 2016


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.

South Bend Malleable cook stove


Bob Cartano
- Seattle, Washington
May 30, 2012

Q. I am needing suggestions on how to refinish the enamel coating to my antique copper clad Malleable wood cookstove; not in bad shape at all but has some cosmetic issues. It is white with the mint green trim. Can I paint it to get the same glossy finish, or is it better to polish. It has a couple of surface rust spots and the left side damper slot has some kind of bond under the damper door that is a cream and is not smooth otherwise in good shape. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

antique wood stove-8 antique wood stove-9

Rebecca Wright
- Jonesborough, Tennessee
December 6, 2013

Q. I have a South Bend Malleable wood cook stove. The cast iron top is pitted so much so that it needs a new top. Any suggestions where to look for one?
Thank you

Jacky engebretson
- clearbrook, Minnesota
January 5, 2016

South Bend stoves are also mentioned in thread 37825

VERMONT CASTINGS: Remove Porcelain Coating

I purchased a used Vermont castings wood stove and the porcelain is badly cracked and flaked in some spots. I would like to sandblast it all off! What media should I use? Would a cryo blast work?

Sheldon Holmes
Branch River Farm - Milton, New Hampshire, USA

A. Hi Sheldon.
That's an excellent question but I don't know the answer :-(
The problem is that porcelain is harder than the underlying cast iron. Maybe a skilled sand blaster can remove it without much damage to the cast iron, but it might be necessary to use super dangerous hydrofluoric acid to dissolve it. Luck & Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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