Antique Wood Stove Restoration

When it comes to antique wood stove restoration, Bill Eckert is the master.



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 A rusty old wood burning cook stove awaits the restorer's magic. The first step is to make sure that the body is sound and the cast iron not cracked.
BARRY DORDAHL
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Looking better than the day it was made, this antique wood stove—which sold for $1,000—is ready for many more years of faithful service.
PHOTO: BARRY DORDAHL
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Frozen rivets and bolts that won't submit to logical persuasion wlll yield to a hammer and chisel. It's necessary to remove the brightwork.
BARRY DORDAHL
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Attack all that encrusted rust with a coarse rotary wire brush on an electric drill or send the job out to be done. If the trim won't come off the stove, dipping the whole works in a chemical bath will remove the corrosion.
BARRY DORDAHL
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After a trip to the monumentmaker for sandblasting (the trim was removed first), Curly is clean once more. Meanwhile, the wood heater's trim paid a visit to a nickle-plating concern and once again gleamed.
BARRY DORDAHL
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With brightwork shining and the cast iron burnished to a fare-thee-well, Curly is now worth $500. Renovating stoves can be messy and time-consuming, but the reward sure is great!
BARRY DORDAHL
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Curly covered with corrosion, before the process of restoration began.
BARRY DORDAHL
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Stove polish is applied with a toothbrush. Two coats and a good buffing, and Curly is almost home! Sheet metal parts may be painted, but cast iron should be polished.
BARRY DORDAHL
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This array of wood cookstoves lining the wall of Friendly Fire's workshop represents a very impressive (as well as virtually inflation-proof) "savings account!"
BARRY DORDAHL











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