Saturday, October 11, 2014

Request for Information about the Olympic B-18 Range

If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know that every once in a while I get a comment from a reader that I feel needs more attention than it would receive if simply left in the comments section of a blog post. Such is the case with a recent comment put on the "Purchasing a New Wood Cookstove" entry from June 2013.

Blog reader Charlie G. asked if anyone had any information about the Olympic B-18 range made by the Washington Stove Works in Everett, Washington.  I will share the little bit that I had on hand here, but if any of you readers can help Charlie out, please use the comments section below.

The Olympic B-18 Family Range made by the
Washington Stove Works.  Pretty sharp looking
cookstove, in my opinion.

I knew which range Charlie was asking about because my grandmother on my dad's side was a great catalog saver.  I have 1950s Sears catalogs that she saved which were found "over top of the garage" and various catalogs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  Thus, the picture that you see above is a scan of page 990 from a JCPenney catalog.  Unfortunately, I do not know the exact year because I took this scan from just a few pages that were removed from it.  I can say with certainty that this stove was not carried by Penney's in the early 1970s, but did appear in their catalogs for a space of about three years in the late 70s when wood heat was making a comeback due to high energy prices.

Compared to the other wood heating stoves that Penney's advertised on the near pages, the price of the Olympic was quite high, which leads me to believe that its quality might have been pretty good, too.

The catalog description reads as follows:

One of America's Classic Stoves . . . authentic down to the smallest detail.  Cast from original molds by Washington Stove Works, builders of fine wood-burning stoves since 1875.  All castings made of Western Gray Iron, famous for its strength and toughness.  Ideal for your home or country retreat.  Superbly crafted, this stove lets you heat a large room or cook a complete meal on its full-size, cast iron cooking surface.  This surface also has cast-iron polished tops, 32-in. rag rack and commercial-size 27x40-in. griddle.  Lids and center are reinforced to prevent warping, sagging and crackling.  Two center posts support the top section--helps keep it flat.  Linings are sectional to avoid burning out.  Oven is heavy-gauge, rust-resistant steel with heavy cast-iron braces.  The body is one-piece 20-gauge polished steel, features triple-wall construction accented with heavy nickel-plated trim and legs.  Kettle shown not included.  Firebox: 9 in. wide, 20 in. deep, 9 in. high.  Cooking surface:35 1/4 in. wide (wing shelf adds 4 1/2 in. to width), 26 1/2 in. deep, 31 1/2 in. high.  Oven: 18x18 1/2 x 13 in high.  Overall: 59 3/4 in. high.  Installation: use with 8-in. stovepipe, sold above, from stove to ceiling or wall.  Finish the installation with 8-in. Metalbestos Chimney Pipe, sold on page 998.  Not fully assembled--only pliers and screwdriver needed; instructions included.  See Clearance information below.  Warranted by manufacturer--see page 802.
RJ 904-2078 A--Delivery Class C--see page 808.  Wt. 490 lbs. ....1299.99

The clearance information states that the required space between the sides of the stove and a combustible wall is 36 inches.  The clearances from the stove to the outside edge of non-combustible floor protection is 12 inches on all sides.

Charlie is looking for any information that about this stove, and he wonders if anyone has an owner's manual.  Again, if you have any additional information, please utilize the comments feature below.

P.S.:  With the two brand new cookstoves that I have purchased in the last seventeen years, the information that came with them was sparse to say the least.  That's why I started this blog.  I'll do my best to answer any questions that anyone has.


  1. Thanks Jim,

    That's my stove and all your information is very helpful. Its not hooked up yet but I am looking forward to the day it is.


    1. And when you get it hooked up and in use, please feel free to chime in on the blog with an Olympic owner's point-of-view. I'd also enjoy doing a post on your individual installation, too. Best wishes!

  2. I just bought this stove. when I got home and took off the top plates I found three pieces under them just laying there. if you have any instructions that show where all the pieces go, it would be very helpful. if this is Jim I'm talking to I sure would appreciate your help. my name is Rick. thank you.

    1. Rick,

      If you can, please e-mail me pics of what you found. My address is
      I don't know whether I'll be able to help, but I'll give it my best shot!

  3. I sent the pics. I was just wondering if you got them? Thanks Jim

    1. I did, but the e-mail landed in my junk, so I didn't see them until I went looking for them after I saw this comment. You should have an e-mail from me waiting for you. The pieces are the firebox liner.

  4. Yes sir I will look and see. And your right it was bought and never used. I bought it at an old antique store in Nashville tenn. We bought some property in falkville Alabama. We are going to build a log cabin on the 19 acres. And we are going to hook it up in the cabin to use during the winter to cook and heat. And also looks. When we get it built and the stove hooked up we will message you. This was my wife's birthday present. She has been wanting one for a while. And she was very happy when she got it.thank you so much for your help Jim.


  5. I just purchased the same stove from the grandson of the original owner. From a sheep ranch in Northeastern California; to be installed in a bunkhouse on a ranch in eastern Oregon.

    1. Cool! Welcome to my blog, Shaun. When it gets installed, be sure to let me know so that we can get a picture posted. Enjoy using your new stove!

  6. Hi Jim, I had this model given to me and it needs some serious TLC. Parts missing, parts broken, but still it's a beautiful stove. Do you know where a person can pick up some sort of parts guide? A manual (I'm not sure that a wood stove would come with a manual)

    1. Hi, Paul.
      I'm sorry that I don't have good information for you on this one. After a little bit of research, I found this link which may offer some assistance:

      I think you might try calling Lehman Hardware in Kidron, Ohio also. They used to carry an extensive line of repair parts for various cookstoves, but I don't now whether they still do.

      Other readers have had good success with small local metal working shops, too. You might take a look at this post to see what Gary Dutko was able to have made for his stove:

      I'm sorry that I can't do any better for you. Best of luck and keep me posted!


    2. Thanks Jim, I appreciate the info.....thanks for all you do