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How to restore antique cook stoves

Jacobs Manufacturing wood stove
Carole Lowe's
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Brand Stove wood stove
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A discussion started in 2003 but continuing through 2018

April 25, 2009

Q. Need a Picture of the Original Muscogee Wood/Coal Cook Stove No. 86-16. I bought a Muscogee Wood cook stove and need information about it I can find it on the net .. It's missing a door just under the oven ..and I would like to replace it with something that looks like the original.
Thanks for any help!

Janet Stuart
bought an old stove - Colville Washington

September 28, 2009

Q. Need more info on this Muscogee cook stove, looking at one that is up for sale. Looks to be in good complete condition (and how to post a picture of it).

Jan Kiker
Welding & Fabrication - Midland, Texas

Ed. note: e-mail the pic to , referencing letter 19039, please

September 13, 2009

Q. I have a Eureka wood burning kitchen cook stove. It was made by the -Eureka, steel range co. in O Fallon Ill. I think the model number is E8-4N. It need the slide part to the air regulator that mounts on the side. I think the stove is 80 to 100 years old. Help please?


December 3, 2009

Q. Hello, my name is Katherine. We recently got an old parlor stove from someone's field. It is in fairly good shape, but the double fold doors on one side will not open. They have a turn lock that is froze shut. We believe we can get the door off, but we will need to replace them. Any idea where to start looking for doors?

Katherine Brumley
accountant - Springfield, Missouri

December 9, 2009

Q. Have an old Canopy Fair wood cook stove (may have been coal). Two questions:
1. There is an elbow coming out the back of the fire box that has a thin oval metal plate that appears to have been blown out. Hence think it was used for coal and coal gas built up one time and exploded. If I intend on using just wood can I just weld a new plate over it?

2. Does anyone have any information on these stoves? Think that it was made in Royersford PA sometime in the late 1800 or early 1900's.


Tom in TN

Tom Cook
hobbyist, amateur blacksmith - Jonesborough, Tennessee

April 10, 2010

Q. I just bought an Antique Miniature BELANGER Barge 1906 Cast Iron Stove and with a copper metal brush (with a handle) and a jar of Vaseline amply applied, I was able to remove all the Rust spots and dirt/dust. I simply rubbed the vaseline off with a cloth after and it looks fabulous. Since its only a show piece, I don't have to worry about fumes/odors, not that there would be much anyway. I use Vaseline on any Cast Iron surfaces like Oil Lamp bases.etc... RER

- Ottawa, Canada

June 29, 2010

Q. Thank you for advising the antique wood stove conservation family.

My Eclipse 1894, wood stove is so unusual. It is covered with raised lilies or daffodils. I was afraid the sand blasting would damage the flowers that incircle the stove.

Beverly M. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Albany, Oregon

December 2012

A. Hi Beverly. You're welcome, but my expertise is metal finishing, not stoves or stove restoration. I'm happy to provide the space, but readers have to help each other if they want this to work :-)

Iron is much much harder than rust, so with a little care it is possible to sandblast the rust without damaging the cast iron bas relief.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

October 12, 2010

Q. This past summer we purchased an insert for our upstairs living room fireplace. We didn't have to do anything, but put it in. It works wonderfully!

We also purchased a Country Comfort CC815 freestanding woodburning stove/fireplace which is in our garage. We are unable to find any information on this product because it is so old.

My husband contacted Country Comfort and they didn't have any information on it. Everyone else just tells my husband that they don't have any information on it and that he needs to buy a new one!? We don't have any intentions of getting a different one. This is one 'solid' stove. It probably weighs around 800 lbs and we know that it will do the job, if set up correctly.

Our issue is that we need to know what the inside originally looked like. We are unable to find any pictures. The stove doesn't seem to be heating properly. Something seems to be amiss inside. The bottom, sides and back are all brick lined, the walls are all solid steel. Is there any where to go to find information or pictures or something on old models? Anything at all would be helpful... I can provide pictures of the stove if anyone thinks they may be able to help.

Any help at all in this matter would be so appreciated!

Thank you.

Jeanie Kiser
- Stow, Ohio USA

October 24, 2010

Q. I just purchased a sun 50 pot belly stove. The outside is not badly rusted; however, the inside is all rust. I can't even imagine how to clean it with a wire brush or mineral oil. The stove is very heavy, but it is hard to get into the middle cavity. I don't see a place on the inside that isn't rusted. How or what should I do to stop the rust and restore the stove. Again, the stove seems solid except this orange rust on the inside.

pammy sunter
hobbyist - South Bend Indiana


October 25, 2010

A. Hi, Pammy. The extensive red rust is probably because it was wet. I'd make sure there is no water left in it, then put a tub of desiccant =>
in it for several days with the door and any other openings closed off. Then, wearing a painter's mask, gloves, goggles, and wearing a very old and disposable sweatshirt, spray a can of rust converter (Rust Reformer [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]) at whatever surfaces you can see in there.

For more detail, please see thread 11428 "Restoring a cast iron wood stove completely covered in rust".Good luck.


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Pine Beach, New Jersey

November 22, 2010

Q. I have an old Odom cookstove and would like to restore. Underneath the cookplates I found disintegrating layers of asbestos.

Do I need to remove? How can I do this safely?

Bonnie Morgan
homeowner - Topanga, California

November 22, 2010

A. Hi, Bonnie.

Obviously, the proper way is to hire an asbestos remediation specialist because asbestos is dangerous! Realistically, some people are not going to do that -- so here are some thoughts that struck me.

Asbestos must be kept wet if you are doing any scraping or any working with it, and you should wear a painter's mask -- but I don't want to imply that a painter's mask is real protection! Put anything you capture into a plastic bag taped shut.

After that, if you have a vacuum that has a hose, you could put the vacuum outside; when finished, and wearing a painter's mask, put the vacuum cleaner bag inside a plastic bag, tape it closed. If you are sure that your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter, you may be able tooperate it inside, but then you need to use great care in cleaning it out. But I mean absolutely sure about the HEPA filter, because blowing asbestos through your vacuum's filter and all over the house would be an incredibly bad idea. Check with your county about whether you are supposed to bring the asbestos to a collection site or put the sealed plastic bags in the trash. These are just "another homeowner's ideas" and should not be considered expert guidance :-)


Ted Mooney,
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Pine Beach, New Jersey

November 23, 2010

Q. Wow, I'm gratified to get a response. Thanks for taking the time.

My followup question is: will it be harmful to just leave it undisturbed? Does it circulate when the stove is heated up high do you think? We use it regularly throughout the cold months to heat the kitchen and act as a food warmer, even sometimes for cooking.

I purchased this 6-burner cookstove from an old family friend for $3000. I'm wondering if that is a mite bit high; can't seem to find much pricing on the web. What do you think?

Bonnie Morgan[returning]
- Topanga, California

November 23, 2010

A. Hi, Bonnie. There are sites that will do an evaluation for you for $25. Sorry, but we don't post estimated valuations here. If you only knew how many thousands of people submit requests for valuations of their coins, jewelry, antiques, silver service, and stuff found in grandma's attic no matter how many times we say we don't do that.

As my partner Tom Pullizzi coined at the dawn of the internet age in 1995--
"Internet price/demand curve: Infinite demand at zero cost; zero demand at infinitesimal cost."

Yes, leaving the asbestos undisturbed (if that's possible) is the best plan. But if you see that it is rapidly deteriorating, it's obviously going somewhere, which is bad regardless of where it's going. Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
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July 14, 2011

Q. I have the same problem as Bonnie from California - "Underneath the cookplates I found disintegrating layers of asbestos."

My question is, once I have the layers properly removed and disposed, what do I replace it with? Is asbestos still used for these things or do I have an alternative?

It's a Quick Meal stove I just acquired, and it needs some TLC. It's mostly just dirty, has a little surface rust (mostly outside the water reservoir), and the problem underneath the cookplates.

Thanks in advance!

Brenda Roberts
- Columbus, Ohio, USA

June 13, 2012 -- this entry appended to this thread by editor in lieu of spawning a duplicative thread

Q. I just purchased an old wood cookstove that I plan on restoring and using to heat and cook with. It is in pretty good shape and was used up until 10 years ago. It was well cared for. How do I know if there is asbestos? That is my only concern. And what do I use for insulation? Where do I purchase it? There are spots in the insulation that is damaged, need to apply more.

Andrea Ricke
- Bagley, Minnesota, USA

December , 2012

A. Hi Brenda; hi Andrea. Some if not all such rope gasketing today is fiberglass and graphite/carbon rather than asbestos. See next inquiry please.


Ted Mooney,
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Pine Beach, New Jersey

(2007) -- this entry appended to this thread by editor in lieu of spawning a duplicative thread

Q. I am trying to locate a source for rope gasket used between plates on a decorative cast iron wood burning stove I acquired some years ago. The stove is rectangular in shape with a forest scene on its sides. I do not know the manufacturer. Any suggestions on locating a source or the application of the gasket material once it is located?

Carolyn Desmond
- El Dorado, Kansas

Stove Gasket

December 2012

A. Hi Carolyn. The rope gasket is usually a pretty "standard" item, rather than specific to the manufacturer. You can follow the link =>

for one source, but it should be widely available. Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
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Pine Beach, New Jersey

January 12, 2011

Q. Hello, I have a small wood burning stove/heater, very old, I can't find anything like it on line, I need parts for it and I'm hoping one of you could help me identify and help me find a place with parts for it....It says number 115 Duro Oak....

Thanks for the opportunity


Beverly Sessegolo
hobbyist - Easton Pennsylvania USA

January 24, 2011

Hi I am looking for someone to tell me how to go about fixing the top of a 1864 Home Comfort wood/coal cookstove. There are cracks in the lids and top plates and it smokes. I need to find some way to repair it or find some parts so I can use it. It cooks and bakes beautiful. Please would someone have any ideas.

Joyce From West Virginia

Joyce Faulkiner
Homemaker - Bridgeport, West Virginia

January 25, 2011

A. Hi, Joyce.

A stove which smokes because it leaks is extremely dangerous both in terms of the possibility of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. I would suggest that you visit a major fireplace shop and see what guidance they can offer. Often they will know local welders, glass cutters, firebrick providers, local vest-pocket foundries, etc. who are familiar with stove repair.


Ted Mooney,
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Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 3, 2011

A. Most all of the old wood cook stoves are cast iron parts on a sheet metal box. Usually if not broken the cast iron parts can be cleaned up and/or replated and are as good as new. If the sheet metal box is in bad shape take it to a sheet metal shop and have them build you a new one on the old pattern then bolt the restored cast iron parts back on - good as new.

Dave Hohl
- Pinedale, Wyoming, USA

March 13, 2011

Q. Hello all! I am looking for information on a Cribben & Sexton Herald model #8-17. I believe that I have the majority of the parts, however I am not sure as I have been unable to find a photo of one. The scroll work on it is over the top for what one would expect. I was hoping to find some info. and rebuild it. The parts that I have are far too ornate to simply scrap! Any help would be muchly appreciated. Photos,, replacement parts availability. Thank you good folks and have a great day!

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Robert Backes
Hobbyist - Central Point Oregon U.S.A

April 21, 2011

Q. I'm trying to restore a Estate 6 burner stove. My problem is the cast iron that the round plates sit on is warped, and I need to find someplace to purchase 3 of them. Anyone know where I can find reproduction parts or what I can do to fix this.

Theressa Tinnin
- Caliente, Nevada

July 21, 2011

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

September 2, 2011

Q. I have an old wood burning stove,trying to find info on it,it is a Spencer made by Spencer Foundation Co. Ltd. in Ontario.
The piece that holds the little door closed is broken off, and there is a very small crack in door, can this be fixed? Does anyone know approx. year of this stove, on the front is a number it is 105A or 705A, it is very clear but not sure if first no is a 7 or a 1. Would like to find more info on the stove, can't seem to find anything on the company?

George Lister
had stove for 30 years, - Calgary, AB, Canada

September 13, 2011

Q. I have a 1911 Barstow wood burning cook stove. Mfg. in Providence, R.I. I need to replace the rounded edged fire brick.
Where can I find this brick??

Paul Dumas
stove user - Woodland, Washington, USA

September 14, 2011

A. Hi, Paul.

I doubt that anyone sells firebrick pre-cut to fit a 1911 stove, but a concrete saw makes short work of shaping fire brick. I don't see why it can't be cut with a tile saw as well. Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

Antique Pot Belly Stove
October 29, 2011

Q. Hello, I have an Antique Pot Belly Stove. However, it's painted shut. Can this be undone? Also, the handle for the top of the stove is missing. Can that piece be found somewhere? Thank You.

Kenny Stedman
consignment - Glen Cove, New York, U.S.A

Railroad Potbelly Stove 15

December 24, 2011

Q. I have already restored my pot belly wood burning stove and it was no big deal. The most frustrating part was finding out that wood burning stove parts, pipes, etc., are not interchangeable or universal. What I AM having trouble with is replacement parts! I need one little part that I can't seem to find. It's the ash door. It's for a PB65XL Railroad Potbelly stove, listed as part #65-16. Have not been able to find it anywhere. Would anyone happen to know where I can get one? I have improvised for now but really need to correct one. Live in a very rural area that hasn't even heard of an iron worker, per se, to have one custom made.

Railroad Potbelly Stove 16

Thanks for any help,

Allyson Newell
- Chandler, Arizona, USA

January 17, 2012

Q. I have an antique cast iron cook stove that belonged to my grandmother that I am wanting to restore. My family used to use the stove for heat and for cooking on a regular basis. On 3rd January of this year we had a house fire that destroyed everything except my grandmother's cast iron stove and her cast iron cookware. Once I get more settled I'm wanting to restore the stove and cookware.

Can I use the same suggestions that have already been given here on this stove or should I proceed with extra caution with both the stove and cookware since they've been through the house fire? I haven't gotten a chance to inspect the stove up close yet but the cookware was completely stripped of the seasoning (except one skillet that was sitting in another and the side of it was protected by the one it was sitting in) and I'm assuming the stove has as well. The stove has gone through a couple of good rain storms and a snow since the fire so I'm also assuming I will have to deal with rust in the restoration process.

Any tips and suggestions would be most appreciated as I really want to preserve this stove and the cookware as they all have great sentimental value to me.

Jennifer Gibson
- Murray, Kentucky, United States

February 9, 2012

Q. I have a very old pot belly wood stove that it in good condition other than the back, which appears to be sheet metal. What type of material should I use to replace it? Also on the front/bottom door there are several little windows 2x2 that have some type of material in them. Its not glass. I would also like to know where I could purchase these items.
thank you

Dan Tanis
Hobbyist - Muskegon, Michigan, USA

February 10, 2012

A. Hi, Dan. Hot rolled steel is probably what you are looking for for the back. A local weld shop probably stocks enough to complete the job to avoid the complexity of going to a steel warehouse.

If you don't describe these 2 x 2 items, I don't think anyone can hazard a guess as to what they are made of :-)
But if they are in fact "windows", then they are probably a glass-like transparent ceramic that goes by trade names like Pyroceram or Neoceram. My local glass shop stocks it and cuts replacement "glass" for woodburning stoves, and I think many glass shops will have it and be able to cut it.. Best of luck.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 17, 2012

Q. My husband and I have tackled the task of refinishing an old wood cook stove to use. He completely disassembled the stove and is in the process of putting it back together. My question is, what to do to the actual cooking surface. Paint or not to paint? Condition it as you would a cast iron pan?

Brenda Rude
retired from health care - Marquette, Michigan US

February 20, 2012

A. Hi Brenda. There may a bit of a semantics issue here since I don't think people would fry bacon or eggs directly on this, without a pan, as if it were a griddle. If there actually is a griddle section, yes, it would need to be seasoned like a cast iron frying pan. But if the surface is one that you put a pan onto, then stove paint or stove polish is probably fine.

Good luck.


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Readers: Please see also thread 13218 "Restoring Nickel Plating on Wood Cookstove",
and thread 11428 "Restoring a cast iron wood stove completely covered in rust".

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