Installing old wood cook stove

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New Member
Mar 21, 2023
Fort Shaw MT
Just bought this for in our home for heat and cooking. We live in Montana. What is the best way to install it ? Best thing to protect wall? Underneath? Thank you, Ellie Edens



Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
The first thing to do is to go through the stove completely to clean out all passages and verify that all parts are in good working order. Is this a coal stove with shaker grates?

For installation, this is most likely an unlisted stove so verify with your insurance company that it is ok to install via NFPA 211 requirements. If there is no manual or tested clearance label then it will need 36" clearance all around. This can be reduced to 12" by using properly ventilated NFPA 211 wall shielding. If this is on a combustible floor then the hearth pad will need to have an R=1.19 insulation value.

@coaly should be dropping in soon. He's the expert on old cookstoves.


Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
Downeast Maine
It appears there is a missing panel cover for the front clean out.


Fisher Moderator
Staff member
Dec 22, 2007
It appears there is a missing panel cover for the front clean out.
That clean out door is the most common missing piece.

Need pics of the doors open, lifter openings on lids, and grate to give OP a good idea of what may be needed.