It took a while, but with a great deal of grunting and swearing (and wishing my strength was a little better; I haven’t been firing on all cylinders lately) I managed to get the job done. I repositioned the stove, cleaned it out, and reassembled it.
That last part is a miracle! How often do you leave a bunch of parts in a box for the better part of a decade… and then find them all when you want them?
I don’t know the age of the stove. I’m guessing it’s from 1939 but that’s just a guess. I looked up the make and model on the internet and found nothing. Funny thing, grab the serial number of a 1940’s tractor and someone somewhere has a web page explaining who made it and what they had for lunch. Not so with kitchen stoves.
It’s not a pristine antique but I’m very happy with it’s condition. It’s just new enough that it’s probably not a valuable antique. It’s just old enough to be cool.
Also it looks to be fully functional. It has a damper that works. There is a wood dumping grate lever thing (that’s a technical term?) and after some reassembly and a few “taps” with a mallet I got that working. There’s a flue adjustment lever over the oven and that works. The oven door spring is weak but looks fixable (and I don’t plan on baking a pie in my garage anyway). The oven door thermometer is probably toast but who cares? Everything else opens, closes, fits, seems straight, isn’t cracked etc…
A few details remain. I’m fabricating one small part. Nothing too big. I plan to install that before the “test firing”. Also I need to noodle around with black pipe and it’s junction with the existing insulated chimney (probably Metalbestos… it looks old but solid). Also I put the stove far enough away from the wall that I can slap up some paint. (And yes, the wall is “fire resistant” drywall; old and dingy but in good repair.
All told I’m not far away from having the cutest little kitchen stove in my garage. It’s like Christmas came early. I have plans to brew coffee on the cooktop, park my ass in a chair nearby, and hang out in my garage this winter. Ostensibly I’ll be working on a project. More likely I’ll be enjoying the space… something about wooden cookstoves really appeals to me.
Pics or it didn’t happen? Here goes: