I don’t do very much cooking here, but I sure do a lot of eating. I can’t thank Heather enough for all she does, but as the saying goes ‘a womans work is never done’. She’s my treasure as are the kids. But…. This has got to be one of my favorite of all time material items, an early 1900’s Glendale 400 wood and gas combination cook stove. The patent listed on the temperature gauges are dated 1916, and to beat it all, all the gauges still work. That puts this baby at 100 years old in 2 1/2 more years, sweet! We use it mostly for supplemental heating this old farmhouse along with another firebox toward the front of the house, I tell ya, it gets cold in here.
My parents have had a similar wood cook stove for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen my mother cook many meals with it. She also makes some homemade bread that’s simply amazing, I’ll try and get the recipe for that soon and post it here to Summerfield Farm. Growing up I can brag about eating many, many meals off that wood stove, but I just can’t say too much about actually cooking on it. Well, on it yes, but in it no. I can’t remember ever using the oven for anything other than maybe to warm something up…. So, now that we actually have one of our own I’m kinda learning how to use it.
Now, back to our Glendale…. As I mentioned before all the gauges work. In fact, as far as I can tell everything on it either works or is still in really good condition. Most stoves this old would have areas that are completely falling apart, especially in the firebox area. But on our Glendale 400 it’s all good. Granted some of this may be from some restoration work prior to us owning it but I’m good with that. Also, we don’t have the gas burning side of this stove connected to any gas lines, and aren’t likely anytime soon (unless I can talk sweetie into it that is :)).
So far I’ve managed to cook on it many times, and in it a few times. Our first couple of attempts at bread didn’t turn out so well. The pizza turned out fantastic, and our last bread attempt turned out an absolutely perfectly cooked loaf of banana bread (recipe coming shortly). I’m familiar and quite good at cooking on the top of the stove and love doing an old fashion breakfast in an iron skillet and butter or bacon grease.
So to follow up, if you get a chance to get your hands on a wood stove, doesn’t really matter it’s age or date, grab it. You’ll love it 🙂
A couple more pics to share: