Our Process

Picking

There is something special about Victorian Era cook stoves and heaters that sets them apart from any others. For that reason, they are our passion and specialty.

Classic Stoves Emporium has two “pickers” that scour the United States, looking for original, restorable stoves built any where duing the pre-Civil War period to the early 1900s.

After over 40 years in business, we also been able to establish an inventory of classic stoves that are working their way toward restoration. After a stove is located, it is inspected thoroughly to ensure it can be properly restored to as-new, showroom (working) condition.

Upon approval, the stove is transported to our Colorado workshop, located in beautiful Pagosa Springs, to begin its journey toward restoration.

Preparation

Upon the stove’s arrival at our shop, work begins in preparation for restoration. Each stove that comes in is completely disassembled, down to every last nut and bolt. An inventory is taken to catalog every detail and assemble a list of any missing or damaged pieces that will need proper attention during the restoration.

At completion of disassembly, all parts of the stove are thoroughly cleaned and in most cases, bead blasted (using primarily glass) to remove years of dirt and buildup. This process can reveal hidden cracks or other damage that may not be visible on initial inspection. Any cracks or broken pieces are hand welded and refinished to original quality.

After repairs are completed, any missing hardware is located so all pieces are accounted for and restoration can begin. Missing pieces are sourced if they can be found. Pieces that cannot be found are recast by specialized craftsmen.

It should also be noted that we use only original, period correct nuts and fasteners. No modern style nuts and bolts are used; these 125-year old stoves remain correct in every detail.

Restoration

Restoration of Victoria Era stoves is a painstaking process, one that we have enjoyed for over 40 years.

With a completely disassembled stove, all pieces cleaned and accounted for, the restoration process can begin. Any parts that were originally plated are sent out to be plated in period correct copper or nickel. We do not use any chrome plating on these stoves as the process did not exist until the 1940s.

All painted parts are painted in a two step process using high temperature, 1200 degree, stove paint. The pieces are primed and painted with 1 coat during assembly and later, one more coat before any nickel plating.

To comply with modern health standards, we use a non-asbestos stove sealant, ensuring these stoves function as new, without posing any health risks.

A completed stove is period correct and fully functioning, ready for a new place of honor in someone’s home.

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