Have you ever been to the antique market, or watched the "Antiques Roadshow", and seen these wonderful wood stoves for days? They are absolutely amazing, especially if you can find one in good shape. One of my friends recently installed a "4 O" cooker from the early 1900s, and she looks gorgeous! That made me think of wood burning stoves in general, and I started doing research on many vintage stoves. I've listed the most popular models below. Get a cup of tea, put your feet up and read!
Victorian Stoves – These stoves date back to the late 1800s. They are usually made of cast iron and decorated with nickel. This early cooking stove will meet all your cooking needs.
Country Stoves – These stoves usually date back to the early 1900s. It is very similar to the Victorian stove, but more effort has been expended in the nickel reflections and the clean and neat casting.
Retro Stoves – These particular stoves are simply updated versions of the above. In the 1930s, when these stoves were extremely popular, the kitchen seemed to be the focal point in a house. These stoves were an integral part of the "modern" kitchen.
Cylinder Stoves – These stoves are probably the most recognizable of antique stoves. They have been renowned for their exceptional ability to heat a home, while occupying very little floor space.
Potbelly Stoves – The first American photographs abound with images of the open-hearth stove. These stoves were found in railway stations, saloons, brothls, and many other historical settings on the western frontier.
Living Room Stoves – In the Victorian era, these beautiful stoves were a focal point in traditional living rooms. At the height of their popularity, artisans have adorned them with various designs such as cherubs, mythological figures, and floral designs.
Franklin Fireplaces – This stove is pure Americana. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin, and inventor, craftsman and American president. All wood stoves used for heating owe their heritage to Benjamin Franklin and his efficient design.
These are just some of the types of stoves that I have encountered in my research. These stoves are all wonderful examples of design and function. If you happen to see any of these stoves when shopping for antiques, let me know. Or buy one for yourself! You will not regret it!