Kevin called me to see if I thought that the price was reasonable. He had inspected it thoroughly and found it sound, and I thought that the price was certainly reasonable, so he bought it and brought it home. After they got back, I couldn't wait to get over there to take a look at it. My nephew was more than happy to show it to me. Since it is just his size, he is under the impression that it is his. He removed all of the lids for me and gave me a tour.
|HD showing me "his" cookstove.|
However, while I was completing my inspection, I decided to poke the camera into the oven clean out opening, and with the flash and camera screen discovered that the clean out door was simply reposing inside the oven flue. Thus, the stove is complete. (At this point, I would just like to sing the praises of the digital camera. When I was growing up and my parents took the occasional photograph, we would not know what the pictures looked like until the film was developed, and sometimes this would be months after the photo was snapped. I'm not usually one who gets very excited over the latest technological advancements, but I think that it is wonderful to be able to see the pictures that you've taken immediately so that you can delete the terrible ones and get a retake before your subject flies the coop.)
|The oven clean out door hiding in the flue beneath the oven.|
|A picture of the inside of the firebox and the dump grate at|
|The clean out door is in position, and HD is busily replacing the|
lids in the cooktop for the umpteenth time.
|A scan of part of the page from the|
1958 Montgomery Ward catalog
where Kevin's stove appeared.
Economy Cook Stove
Welded steel body, steel oven--17 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. high. Four 8-inch cooking lids. Easy-to-clean white porcelained panels. Cast-iron cooktop. Cast-iron firebox, 17 x 7 x 7 1/2 in., has flat dump grate; burns soft coal, 18-inch wood. Size overall: 26 x 21 in. deep, 25 in. high. Use 6-in. stovepipe--see Notice, Page 906. Pay Freight from Factory near St. Louis, Mo.--shipped promptly. Ship. wt. 120 lbs. 68 A 1518F-$2.50 Down; Cash $22.95
When all of the lids are removed from the cooktop, I can lift the stove by myself. I was surprised at how roomy the oven is. Had I known that the catalog didn't include the dimensions of the oven, I would have measured it and included them here. Suffice it to say that a 9 x 13 pan would easily fit with a little room to spare.
Now here is the part where all of you readers will discover just how weird I am:
I don't consider myself a prepper, but the fact that Kevin has this stove makes me feel a little bit more secure. You see, on the farm where he lives, there are three homes: Kevin's, my grandmother's, and my cousin's. Each of these homes is equipped with only electric stoves for cooking. I feel better because in some kind of drastic emergency, this little cookstove could be easily put into service. It wouldn't take a huge crew of men to transport it to my grandmother's basement where a furnace duct could be taken down and fashioned into a stovepipe that would be sufficient to attach it to one of the two old, but lined and safe chimneys which can be accessed down there. My grandmother would probably be able to remember a little about cooking on a wood cookstove, and my sister-in-law is a brilliant cook who could probably prepare a five-course, gourmet meal over a can of Sterno, so I know they will all be able to eat because she would easily be able to figure out how to cook on a cookstove.
As it is, I'm looking forward to the day when we can try out this little cutie, and of course, I'll write a post about how it works so that you'll all know too.