Antique Stove Restoration

A lot of our customers are curious about the stove restoration process, especially when they see what stoves look like before they are worked on (like the example below).

Great Western 1521, before restoration

The first step is get your hands on a stove. We buy them at auction and from private sellers looking to clean out the attic or garage. Then we transport it (and any loose parts) to the workshop floor and start to take it apart piece by piece.

The extent of restoration work depends on the stove. Some are in pretty good shape with their beauty hidden under superficial layers of dust and rust. These are simply cleaned and buffed off. Then the stove is disassembled, resealed, cleaned and polished.

Other stoves are literally in pieces, and what’s left is rusted through and rife with cracks and holes. New sheet metal is often required. Then a search for original replacement parts begins, and if they can’t be found, new pieces are cast as needed.

After the stove is put together and resealed, it’s time for the icing on the cake: the gleaming nickel-plate! Trim parts are sent off to be professionally re-nickeled and then are re-attached to the finished stove.

All that remains is a good cleaning and polishing before the stove is rolled onto the showroom floor.

Great Western 1521, after restoration

Antique stove restoration is a grimy and time-consuming process that will leave you covered with dust, stove black and soot from head to toe, but the results are well worth the effort. Antique stove restoration isn’t just about bringing a functional heater back to life; it also preserves a piece of American history and creates an heirloom to be used and enjoyed for generations to come.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 12:25 am  Leave a Comment  

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