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.