ANTIQUE STOVE HOSPITAL
About Antique Stove Hospital
Covid 19 virus no shock to us!
Each member of the family that operates the Antique Stove Hospital has had another occupation previously dealing in both history and the biological sciences at some level. We find it quite interesting to note and observe the reactions of the modern current population to the recently emerging virus as if this is a "new" problem. Please refer to the following list of events:
- Athens Greece Plague 430 BC
- Roman Small Pox 180 AD
- Byzantine Plague 541 AD
- Black Death 1346
-London Plague 1665
-Plague of Marseilles 1720
- Russian Plague 1770
-Philadelphia Yellow Fever 1793
-Great 1889 Flu
- "Spanish" Bird Flu 1918
-Asian Flu of 1957
- Hong Kong Flu 1968
- AIDS 1981
-Swine Flu 2009
-Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) 2012
- Ebola Early 2000's
- Covid 19 2020
Above is a short list of some of the more notable plagues to surface throughout the common era. The fact is that these events do happen on a regular basis and have done so throughout recorded history with an alarming frequency rate starting at the beginning of the 20th century. Although modern medicine is able to reduce the effects of these occurrences, they still do surface on a regular basis and we believe that is is essential that all people prepare themselves in such a fashion as to deal with these events as they surface to the best of their abilities.
Remember that old Kitchen stove that Great Grandma and Grandpa stopped using and had it put into the basement rather than sending it to the dump or scrapyard? These individuals lived through some hard times like the 1889 flu, the 1918 flu and the great depression. They reflected on the fact that the new technology was great and "modern", but they refused to get rid of the old technology because they realized that they may have needed it again, and at very short notice! In fact, younger people have often made the mistake of thinking that the older generations were "holding onto past memories" by keeping that old stove or wine press in the basement. How different they think now!
We have had a tremendous call for relatively plain wood burning kitchen ranges since the recent outbreak of the Covid 19 virus. Although we have tried our very best to keep up with the orders, we are only a small shop and we are struggling to keep up with those orders in addition to our regular work. The fact is that subsequent generations after the great depression and certainly after WW2 have had it relatively "easy" and have forgotten about how Grandma and Grandpa were quietly and wisely preparing for an unseen sudden event! We would encourage potential clients to "do as they did" and have a range put aside that will allow you to heat your home, and cook your food, and allow you the freedom to stay at home and not endanger yourselves if there is an order to "shelter in place".
In our opinion, it is probably too late to consider having a stove restored at this point for this pandemic, but it is a reminder for future events. If you do not have a wood burning kitchen range put aside, or if "Grandma's old stove" is still downstairs in the family home, you may want to consider a purchase or having her old stove restored. It is one of the least expensive and most needed things in a home when hard times hit in any form. It is "piece of mind" if anything to know that you have the ability to wait out the emergency at home where you and your family belong!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ALL READ THIS:
We at the Antique Stove Hospital have noticed a troubling trend in the past months. There have been several businesses around the country that have opened up with very similar names to ours. Please note that the Antique Stove Hospital HAS NO ANNEXES OR SUBSIDIARY BRANCHES, and is not under any circumstances affiliated with these other businesses trying to masquerade as being one entity. If you are questioning the authenticity of your potential purchase, it is important to make sure that you are buying from either Emery Pineo or Brandon Pineo at the Antique Stove Hospital in Little Compton, Rhode Island. If you have been solicited by ANY other individual who represents themselves as being part of the Antique Stove Hospital, please let us know so we may take appropriate legal action.
Here at the Antique Stove Hospital we specialize in returning wood and coal stoves to day one condition. All stoves are totally disassembled, cleaned, parts welded or replaced as needed, caulked, reassembled, painted, new grates installed and nickel replaced. Our stoves are rebuilt one at a time from good original stoves and guaranteed to operate as they were designed. Kitchen ranges and parlor stoves are available. We carry stove that range from AD 1790 to AD 1930.
Wood/gas combination ranges were the top of each manufacturer's line. They combined the advantages of both the wood/coal winter range and the gas fired summer range. We restore the solid fuel fireboxes to either wood or coal. The gas fixtures are completely rebuilt for propane or natural gas depending upon the planned use of the stove. Gas ovens and broilers are insulated if needed and thermostats and safeties are added to the unit.
We are not a large operation that is restoring stoves on an assembly line. Each stove is personally attended to by Emery or Brandon Pineo and will not leave the shop until it is ready. We do not sell stoves as decorations or curios but for everyday use in your home. I am not a broker. With the exception of castings and nickel plating, all work is done here at the hospital. In rare cases when we are backed up for several months or a year we will give a customer the option of purchasing a stove wholesale with the understanding that it will be delivered by us to a trusted competitor and will be restored by that individual. This is ALWAYS known to the customer and generally is only in extreme circumstances with very large restorations when we are too far behind.
We maintain an inventory of about 300-400 stoves at all times. Call and we can discuss your wishes and the availability of the stoves. I prefer not to accept deposits on sales, but rather ask for payment when you are happy with the stove.
Emery Pineo "Paleostoveologist " and son Brandon "Stove whisperer"
THOSE SEEKING RESTORATION SERVICES PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NEW INFORMATION!!!
Changes in business; People used to come in and buy stoves for occasional use and nostalgia. No more! I'm seeing folks that realize that some winter there will be a shortage of fuel and lots of cold people. They are preparing by having a coal/wood range or a parlor stove. Both run on fuels that are available locally and can be stored. Coal can be bought years ahead and stored in the cellar(I buy mine in July , in plastic 40 pound bags on a pallet.I'm still using some that I bought several years ago). When we loose power I often don't know till morning when I try to brush my teeth.--no water!! Most modern stoves use electricity, or worse --a manufactured product like pellets! This year many dealers got their pellet supply in March--almost spring!! I like my winter fuel supply where I can see it.
My wood and coal restoration has reached the point where I will be doing mostly the coal/wood end of the business and less in the gas area. We send most of our gas work out to a man who specializes in that work only.
Our business has expanded greatly this year. Let's face it, things are pretty uncertain right now. I am currently swamped with folks that are worried about winter heating and the availability of various fossil fuels. My son who originally took a year off from teaching in order to help here, is now full time. If you are thinking of a wood/coal range or heater, please do not wait till the last minute. Order early if you plan to use a stove this winter. We will do our best to meet everyone's needs.
1. I've turned seventy five and I have started to bury my friends. My very best friend of forty years died on election day. Two others in the month before or after.
2. My insurance has taken a quantum leap that means , in effect, I would be working to support them. I now know why they own the large buildings like the Prudential Center
3. These stoves seem to be getting heavier. I need help now to haul even the smaller ranges up a flight of stairs.
4. Time is much more important than money right now . Someone else is catching the fish, I have cars to restore, dogs to walk, and sunsets to be viewed.
You will see that many of the stoves on this site are sold. I do have around 350 right now in stock and we are restoring as fast as possible but cannot catch up. Folks have realized that a wood range may be very important one of these days and are buying now. If you see one you like you can order now and pick it up when it is done. Deposits; We do not take deposits. You tell us what stove you want, we restore it, then you decide if you like the stove. If you do not like the stove you are free to walk away.
BEWARE OF "FRANKENSTOVES". More and more lately we have been encountering stoves where a dealer has taken a body from one manufacturer and added shelves or other parts from another manufacturer. Some such arrangements may consist of a warming oven of unknown origin, or legs that sort-of...maybe fit etc. We believe that you came in to buy a restored genuine complete antique stove and we will not sell you a stove that has mismatched parts. These are antiques and not getting any younger. As a buyer in the market for a stove you must protect your investment by getting a quality restoration of an original whole stove. If you don't buy here, be sure to ask/ investigate!
I do ship stoves all over the country. I am forced to charge for crating as it takes time and pallets, particle board, ,a trip to Home Depot, etc. Recently I have developed a relationship with a broker that has allowed me to get discounts in the 70% range. The trick is that I must pay up front to get the discount. I usually crate the stove, get the price, then have you pay by credit card before pickup. The difference is enormous. A $1000 shipping charge will be more like $200. Delivery to your home by liftgate can also be arranged if you wish.
We are often asked if the stove in the photo is the one for sale. We do not show one photo and deliver another stove like some shops. The stove in the photo is the exact one you will receive. Some dealers use a filed photo and deliver another example or a similar stove to the customer. We will not do that. Many of my stoves say SOLD on the website. That means that that particular stove is sold, however we may have several others of the same make and model available. An example would be a Glenwood C. We usually have 8-10 around at all times, but we would rather send you photos of the exact stove we have to restore for you before you decide on a stove. We are trying to be completely honest about the stove you buy. It is a big investment so take your time, as you will have to look at it for many years!
If you think things are fine in the USA, you better think again
1. My supplier of firebrick just closed after a lifetime of service.
2. My supplier of sand blast materials just closed after being in business since 1837!
3. My good nickel welding rod has been discontinued as it was too expensive to make.
4. My nickel plater has closed and moved and is no where near up to speed.
5. Every item I buy to work on stoves is getting more expensive at an accelerating rate.
Everything is not OK. Best to get prepared as it looks like trouble is headed our way
Antique Gas Valves
We have been getting lots of calls from folks with gas valve problems. The valves on antique gas stoves NEVER wear out. The proprietary sealant inside them does get old and dries out after 50-60 years. They get hard to turn or you can smell gas leaking from them. You do not need to discard the valves and replace them. We can rebuild these old valves and make them like new.
Call and talk to Brandon if interested.
Coal versus wood in Ranges
I own a 7 acre wood lot but I burn coal. In places where wood is plentiful like Maine, wood makes lots of sense. In my area I have a choice and have tried both. Coal in a rebuilt range will burn for 8 - 12 hours at a time without any tending. There is no dust or odor if you are using it properly. It does take practice but once mastered is great to use. There is no danger of a chimney fire with coal. If you just light the stove for cooking or special occasions then wood is your best bet but if you heat full time think a little about coal .
1. Glenwood thermometers come in two types. The early and the late ones. The late ones always work and the early examples usually don't. Reproduction thermometers are a poor replacement for an original, and usually come from China. My son has developed a method of rebuilding early Glenwood thermometers. It does require that the original be complete, but if it is, it can usually be made to run like it did one hundred years ago. It is a long, complicated process but will cure the problem forever. Call and ask for Brandon about this service.
2. Stove lessons. If you buy a stove from us , we will gladly hook it up in our showroom and teach you how to run it. We do charge a small fee for this since we need to do set up, get stove pipe, fuel, etc. It is a fine way to eliminate most of the questions folks have when they get home and actually plan to use the stove. Bring some "fixins" and try cooking on your new stove. The fee is $75.00 for this service which covers the time of the technician and fuel etc.
3. Video disks. We are currently working on making CD's available on how to run various stoves such as: base heaters, upright coal stoves, ranges, oak stoves, and others will be available.
4. We are building a large addition to our shop. It will house a Goff wheelabrator and large generator. This will speed up our business and result in an even better product. Currently we cannot sand blast below freezing but with a wheelabrator there is no problem. It will also eliminate all dust leaving the shop and be more friendly to the local environment.
Buying Your Own Stove
Be careful! I paid way too much for the first few stoves that I bought. Now I often walk away and pass the stove by. Here are some good things to keep in mind when buying a stove.
1. Stoves on Ebay and Craigslist are usually MULTIPLES of the actual value. I often see stoves advertised for more than we sell them for when they are restored.
2. Most stoves are not "rare". Maybe you haven't seen any like it but we have. When you start looking you would be surprised at the number of ranges around. Many just have not been looked at in years.
3. Not all old stoves are expensive or even desirable. Many are in such poor shape that they are really best used for parts for other stoves. Some will need so many parts that they can't be realistically restored for a reasonable price.
4. Some are just illegal and of little value. Gas/wood ranges with one oven usually fit this category.
5. Some are rare. That can be a problem. If you need parts they may not be available. That lowers the value of the stove.
6. Some are just for museum pieces or decorations. They have to be bought at a value that will let you just set them aside to look at.
7. If you pay too much, you will actually spend more in the long run than if you came in and just bought a stove from a restorer.
8. Do not use a stove without it being rebuilt. I have only seen 2 or 3 that did not need a rebuild and that includes new old stock stoves that were never sold.
9. FRANKENSTOVES! This is a stove that is made by combining pieces from other, usually unrelated stoves. When you buy an antique stove you should expect to get the whole stove and not a base from one company, a body from another company, and a back made by someone else. Some dealers do this. Look the stove over well to make sure the parts are marked from the same manufacturer. An antique stove can be an investment , but not if it is a conglomeration of parts from other stoves.
We usually pay from nothing to about $300 for ranges. Some are more but they have to be very good, very unusual, or something we have an order for. When you buy you need to figure in the cost of restoration. Nickel can run to $600 or so, a rebuild can run $1500 to do it correctly, Grates can run to $3-400. Are any parts missing? They need to be found and paid for. That can run into real money.
Service Glendale Range
The Glendale Service is the smallest of the Leonard and Baker ranges. This one can be set up for wood only with a 19" fire box or it can be set up for coal with the superb grates provided by Land B. Either way it is a fine smaller range that will provide many years of faithful service.
These ranges all have the revertable flue system which sends the hot gases around the oven twice. This provides for very high efficiency and a great deal of heat for the home as well. We like the Land B ranges because they are very well designed and built. they are very plentiful as well and parts can almost always be found easily. A great choice for a smaller area. $2900 SOLD
The Household Pearl was a transition range. Most companies made similar ranges for wood/coal and gas. This is one of the great ones with three propane burners on top plus the rest of the stove runs on wood only. It has an 18 inch fire box and is 44 inches long. $3600 SOLD
Magellan: Rest in peace
Here is our new Goff Wheelabrator machine. At my age it is getting very hard to dress up like Neil Armstrong on the moon and shovel all that sand in the sand blast room. We were also exhausting dust into the environment. It was not harmful but was a nuisance. We now have a completely self contained system that cleans the stove parts with tiny steel shot. It also reuses all the shot and collects all the dust and rust inside the dust collector in the background. Nothing leaves the building except fresh air. This was a huge expense but we feel it was worth the effort to protect the local environment.