For some time now, we've been on the lookout for a wood cookstove. We heat exclusively with wood and cook with propane, but a couple winters ago we were snowed in and ran so low on propane that I feared we'd be unable to cook except on the surface of the woodstove (which will do in a pinch, but a woodstove isn't really set up for cooking).
So we've been in the market for a cookstove. I spread the word that we were looking for a unit in good condition - I've seen a few that were so rusted-out as to be unusable - and wondered if we'd find what we were looking for because our budget was so tight.
Thanks to the vigilance of some neighbors, we are now the proud owners of a good-as-new wood cookstove! It was made in 1926 and, in the words of our friends who found it (and who, since they have vast experience with wood cookstoves, went over it with a fine tooth comb), is in "phenomenal condition." (It was also a phenomenal price.)
Here it is still in the store, one of those rent-a-booth type antique stores:
Broken down in the back of our truck for the trip home:
Set up temporarily in our house:
Can you believe the condition it's in?
It's not hooked up yet, of course. We have a lot of work to do to install it - cut out the carpet and put some tile down, put a fire-proof backing against the wall, install a triple-walled stovepipe, that kind of thing.
But this cookstove is one more step on the road to self-sufficiency. No more will we have to worry about running low on propane in order to cook. It will be an additional source of heat on cold days, too. What a find!