Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A nice find

A friend of ours has been on the hunt for a wood cookstove.   She took a tour of Enola Gay's stove and came away impressed enough to look for one of her own.  After a great deal of searching, she was able to locate one outside the town of Sandpoint, to the north of us.

She invited me along for the ride to go see it.  I hadn't been to Sandpoint for years so it was nice to see it again.  It's a pretty little yuppie town on the shores of a lake, with a long causeway over the water.

There's also a long railroad trestle going over the water toward the town as well.

Downtown Sandpoint is charming.  Yuppified, yes; but that's what has allowed it to keep its charm.  No complaints from me!

The stove was in beautiful condition.  It had been used very little and mostly just stored in an unfinished building on the seller's property.  What a find!

So a couple days later, Don went with the friend to load the stove.  It was a bear to get it into the back of her van, and an even bigger bear getting it unloaded and into her house.  It was all hands on deck for the unloading.  The stove weighs about 600 pounds and space inside the van was cramped.

But with a great deal of effort we got it out of the vehicle and onto the porch.

After this we were able to get the stove onto one of those low wheeled furniture-movers and we pushed it into a corner of her mudroom, where it will stay until it can be installed inside the house.  Phew!


  1. Wow! That is a nice find. I wish they made them in about 1/4 that size so I could get one. I have wood cookstove envy.

    Anonymous Patriot

  2. Wow, that brings back memories. My great grandma had one in her cabin in Virginia (she burned coal), I was given my very first cooking lesson on that stove. If I ever get to escape from Southern California, I want to install one of those in my kitchen. I wouldn't do it now as my kitchen is to small, and I am not planning on staying here long-term. I think putting one in a u-haul would be a hassle. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  3. Yes, that is one beautiful stove. Makes our 1924 Charter Oak cookstove look like the sad little sister! But it belonged to Tramp 1's grandparents, so it is special to us.

  4. Beautiful stove ! Wish I had space for one. But hey, on a side note I did just order an " All American " 21 1/2 qt. Pressure canner! :) Now if I can just get my husband to agree to knockout that kitchen wall........hummmm.


  5. What a find indeed!

  6. Save the Canning JarsNovember 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Joy Joy Joy! That stove is a beauty!
    Congrats to the new owner!

  7. Do you mind if I ask how much they paid for it?

  8. I'd love to know how much they paid also? Just the comparison shopper in me I guess. : )

  9. I believe the stove was $1500, and at that price it was a steal...**especially** since she didn't have to pay shipping.

    - Patrice

  10. Makes a girl wanna build a biscuit!

    What a kitchen treasure!


  11. That stove is a beauty! Well done everybody.