Great Western Stove Co. "Handy" small cook stove questions.

desert rat Posted By desert rat, Jul 2, 2019 at 2:59 AM

  1. desert rat

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    Hi all, I picked this stove up cheap, and have a few questions. It seems complete except the grate is missing. I think I can fabricate something.
    Questions, can it be used with wood, or only coal ? Firebox seems small. It has a damper, how would you cook with this stove ? Any idea as to age ? There is a spare part, matching casting numbers but can't figure out where it goes.( last pic) I have a pot belly I use, but this is all new to me. Thanks ! John

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  2. SpaceBus

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    From reading many posts on here from folks that know way more than me, that looks like a coal fired laundry stove.
     
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  3. begreen

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    With the oven and 4 cook plates, this looks a bit more like a camp or summer stove. Laundry stoves were typically 2 burner with the fire directly under the top. Hard to say its age. Great Western made a lot of stoves from around the beginning of the Civil War to the 1930s.
     
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  4. desert rat

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    Thanks for the replies. It's definitely a cook stove with an oven door, I'm just not sure how you would regulate the temp accurately. I may attempt to cook a turkey in it outside someday just for kicks.

    John
     
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    I'm guessing that accurate temp regulation is not built into this stove. There doesn't appear to be a bypass and the fire is in direct contact with one side of the oven. It looks like portability was a more important feature. Temp regulation would be governed by the air supplied to the fire and duration of the burn.
     
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