Old Fashioned Stoves in New England

By December 29, 2014links, Living in Vermont, Uncategorized

I grew up in Maine with a large wood cookstove similar to this one.
old fashioned wood cook stove
Cooking in it was sketchy and it was far from tight or efficient. The top surface and oven provided excellent places to keep pies and already cooked food warm on Thanksgiving. My own home has a small efficient and relatively airtight woodstove tucked into the stone fireplace. It has a knurled top surface which makes it hard to even heat water on but it does a good job of heating the house and the front is a large widow so we can watch the wood burn. (nice) We used to have an old fashioned parlor stove but it was too big and inefficient (and a bit scary when it ran hot) It now sits in the barn awaiting installation out there for use during barn parties. Here is what it looked like in place:
antique parlor stove in my fireplace
Please ignore the pink fuzzy slippers and yellow koosh ball. And the socks…
I would love to have a spot in my home for a modern wood cookstove such as this:
Ellis cookstove by Boru of Ireland

Here are some places in New England that restore and sell antique wood stoves.

Once Upon a Time Antique Stove Shop in Vermont. VPR recently did a story on them HERE

Good Time Stove Co. in Massachusetts
parlor stove at good time stove co. in Goshen MA

Bryant Stove and Music in Thorndike ME
wood cook stoves at Bryant Stove Works in Thorndike maine
I purchased my own parlor stove from this place and it is truly amazing. there are not only hundreds of stoves but an antiques museum and a huge room packed full of dolls and gizmos that, when you flip the switch upon entering all erupt into action including merry go rounds, dancing dolls, teddies on airplanes, circus bands….I can’t really describe it well. Here is a Boston.com article that does a better job and an image from their article
Bryant stove Works Doll Circus photo from Boston.com
did I mention Slinkys?


  • Jeff says:

    Good memories – I’d forgotten about the wood cookstove my grandparents had in West Virginia, very similar to what you picture – and yes, I recall food being kept on it at the holidays to stay warm! They also had a small wood stove in the living room, I still remember one time an over-eager cousin (or was it me? 🙂 overloaded it with small pieces and it got so hot the sides glowed red!

    A good wood stove is an amazing thing – I also studied at a camp high in the Sierra Nevada, where every morning I’d get up early and start a fire in an outdoor wood stove… pipes inside circulated water to a huge hot water tank – no pump required, the laws of physics dictated that the cold water sank in the tank, pushing cold water into the stove, where it was (quickly!) heated and fled into the top of the tank. Eventually it’d be rolling so strongly you could hear the water moving in the pipes. A note of caution, though: Such a system needs a relief valve – we discovered that one morning when again the fire was banked a little too high, and the first think to come out of the shower heads essentially turned to steam as soon as it left the (now pressurized) tank!

  • You have a picture on this website of a large old fashion wooden stove in New England. Would love to know how much it is.

  • Mariano Hernandez says:

    I’m just like to know how much cost one of these wood stoves

  • bob says:

    Check some of the links in the blog post. I think the old fashioned ones are several thousand dollars fully restored. I’ve known some folks who find them cheap on craigslist and restore them by themselves too.

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