Old Wood Stoves: Making a Comeback

Do you have an interest in old wood stoves? Learn how to restore and keep them going.



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With the right tools and a bit of elbow grease (well OK, maybe a lot of elbow grease), you can give old wood stoves new life.
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After retrieving his old 1972 Upland cast-iron wood stove from the basement, Pete Schroeder begins the restoration by brushing out leftover wood ashes.
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Steel wool removes rust that, unfortunately, had formed on the stove top.
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Pete next makes some minor adjustments.
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Black stove oil rubbed into the cast iron brings back the stove's original coloring
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For safety's sake and to create a thermal mass, the restored stove will sit atop a base of firebricks.
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After putting the stove in place and attaching the flue, Pete enjoys the fruits of his labor.
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