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Here she is. Our new 1930’s South Bend wood cook stove. I think I’m in love.

I’ve been waiting to show it to you until I’ve actually had a chance to cook on it, but I’m not sure when we will get it all hooked up and ready, and I just couldn’t wait any longer to tell you about it!

I’d been looking for a wood cook stove for the past two years. I scoured Craigslist several times a day trying to find just the right one. We looked at several, but none were in good enough condition for me to cook on, or else they were entirely out of our price range (like, over a thousand dollars!). I kept praying about it. And then, we finally came across this gem. The guy who was selling it had just bought a little cabin in the mountains which came with this stove. He knew he wouldn’t use it, and wanted it out of the way. The previous owner had still been cooking on it up until he moved out, so we know it works fine. I talked the guy down to $175, which is a steal in my opinion!

For those of you who don’t know much about these stoves, they are heated with wood, not electricity. You just need to run a stove pipe out through the ceiling or wall for ventilation. We have our stove in my husband’s workshop for now. I’m waiting for him to have time to hook up the stove pipe.

Here’s what the oven looks like inside:

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Pretty neat, huh?

The temperature gauge is on the oven door:

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Though I’ve heard that these gauges were notoriously inaccurate.

There’s a place on the far right of the stove where a water reserve used to be. We’re missing the bucket insert that would have held the water. It was used to keep hot water on hand at all times. It would have slid into the top shelf…

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Maybe the bottom shelf was a bread warmer??

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And here is what is behind the far left door. The top slot is where the wood pieces go. The middle slot is where you turn the grates to dump the ashes. And the bottom door opens to remove the ashes. I think it’s really cool that you can then use the ashes to make lye, for soap. (I’ll get there one day.)

The top of the stove has six burners. Two are round ones which can be removed to place wood in through the top,

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The other four burners make up the flat spot directly over the stove.

I know it’s going to take a LOT of practice and getting used to cooking on this thing. But I’m dying to learn!!

If any of you have cooked on a wood cook stove, or have any tips for me, I’d love to hear what you know!