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Wood & Coal Stove Restorations

There’s nothing like the old wood and coal stoves. They go from the simple “farm house” style to the very elaborate with all the bells and whistles the Victorians loved.

The old stoves can be converted to gas, electric or a combination of both. Better start saving, we’re talking thousands of dollars but the end result is beyond belief.

Here’s an example of a Majestic Stove Rich Allen and his team at Vintage Appliances here in Tucson has converted to a smooth top gas range with an electric oven.

A 1889 Pilgrim also has been restored with the gas/electric option. This Pilgrim has a wonderful back piece with a colonial design and a pictorial in metal of our ancestors greeting the Indians.

This Copper Clad has been sold but I personally love a stove with porcelain and that blue is stunning.

Here’s a Monarch, not sure what you’d put in that water reservoir – maybe use in as a warming cabinet!

You’ll need a good-sized wall and a good kitchen design for one of these beasts. It’s sad that my kitchen is small and these are way over my budget. Dream on Jan! Dream on!

Holly Abston – Artist and Owner of a Chambers C

My Vintage Kitchen Stove (chambers c model) when we first built, we've upgraded the counters since.

Holly Abston is an artist, a designer and the owner of this precious “jadeite” color Chambers C models.

The color is 40’s all the way and is one of my favorites.

(A restoration company or porcelain company can do these stoves
in almost any color. The color is baked on like an enamel. The red color is more expensive because of EPA laws.)

flowers from my garden

What a stunning kitchen!

Holly’s blog features her jewelry, paper dolls, designs and home. She’s one creative gal – Holly Abston’s Blog – These are the beautiful days

pretty girls in a row
paper doll round robin
These wonderful paper designs are available inHolly’s Etsy store

Thanks Holly for letting us take a peak at your Chambers and your creative life!

horse paperdoll

The Cool Features of The Chambers

In this old advertisement (stolen with permission from Todd at www.chamberstoves.net) we get to see all the cool features of The Chambers. You can see more on Todd’s page on Chambers features

Love the racks that don’t tilt, the handles which little kids can’t work, all the insulation and the features here –

The In A Top Broiler – How cool to have the broiler and “sizzling platter” (you can remove the bottom platter and take it right to the table)
on top of the stove. “No stooping, no squinting and no smoke or fumes”.

This broiler has a heating element on the top lid so there’s no turning. One advertisement boosts, you can make 8 grilled sandwiches at once without having to flip them.
Bring on the Grilled Pastrami and Swiss!

Stole the pic of the Chambers broiler from Josh at Bungalow23. Great site with
his journey at restoring his bungalow and also re-doing and installing his 1951 61C. Some good photos and tips for the do-it-yourselfer.

The ThermoWell and ThermoBaker-

Here’s the ThermoWell which is a well which is independently insulated and used with different “kettles”. The one pictured is a triple. You can cook 3 different dishes all at once!

The C models have a ThermoBaker which you insert into the well to bake pies or biscuits.

Here’s an unrestored one from Vintage Appliances. What color do I want? Love the copper!!

I want a Chambers (hint to “the boss”), if I can’t afford one I’ll just write about them. Maybe the stars will align in my favor and make this dream come true!

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Ready to take this blog to the next step. Moving the blog to wordpress.org.

As my “little blog” continues to grow each day I grow more fond
of it. The saying “You feed it,it grows.” seems to be working. Believe
me I’ve been working too!

Having my blog on wordpress.com helped me get use to how wordpress works. Now we’ll add all the bells and whistles – a domain
name, better application and best of all advertising.

Being a “wheeler, dealer” of vintage books, junk, vintage appliances
and who-knows-what has been my life for 20 years. Now I want to
share it all.

I’m making the announcement in the post today and am trying for an
“extreme” adventure in blogging. I’ll continue a few more posts on our vintage coffee maker week.

2011 is off to a great start!