Misc What to do with a wood cook stove?

LibertyMom

Senior Member
We have inherited an old, wood-burning cook stove (a Martin “Marco Pride”.) While we would love to make use of it, there just doesn’t seem to be a place in the house that we could use it. We’ve discussed the possibility of putting it out on our screened-in porch, but obviously the deck wasn’t built for that kind of weight. We would also need to consider how to keep the cast iron from rusting (rain can blow in if it’s windy) not to mention a hearth and stove-back to keep from burning the place down. Has anyone done this or have recommendations of other ways to use it? We’ve considered building a kind of covered patio addition to the deck but that’s not something we could do for a while due to cost. It’s currently sitting in the garage. I suppose if disaster truly struck we could rig something there, but short of absolute desperation that’s not a practical solution.
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
I can tell you that, for me, that puppy would sit in the garage as I rapidly worked, little by little to provide it a permanent protected place right outside the back door. Even if it was just one $20 gift card at a time and one piece of lumber at a time. (The gift card is because concrete doesn't store well around here.) When plan the structure and know what you need, you can grab it a bit at a time. You'd be surprised just how quickly it can come together that way.
 

frazbo

Veteran Member
We have inherited an old, wood-burning cook stove (a Martin “Marco Pride”.) While we would love to make use of it, there just doesn’t seem to be a place in the house that we could use it. We’ve discussed the possibility of putting it out on our screened-in porch, but obviously the deck wasn’t built for that kind of weight. We would also need to consider how to keep the cast iron from rusting (rain can blow in if it’s windy) not to mention a hearth and stove-back to keep from burning the place down. Has anyone done this or have recommendations of other ways to use it? We’ve considered building a kind of covered patio addition to the deck but that’s not something we could do for a while due to cost. It’s currently sitting in the garage. I suppose if disaster truly struck we could rig something there, but short of absolute desperation that’s not a practical solution.
The BEST practical solution? Well, you call me and I'll take it off your hands so you don't have to make all those decisions and just complicate your life. See how easy it was to solve such a huge problem?

MUST be enclosed and out of the rain and wet if you put it outside...and yes, many around here used to just sit on the front porch and left to rust...what a shame! Do like kyrsyan said, a little here and little there to enclose it properly and you will have years of use and get to pass it on to a family member....but I'm still open to just taking it off your hands... ;)
 

LibertyMom

Senior Member
Does anyone else have a wood cook stove “outside”? Let’s say our deck could support it, or we shore it up so it can, would a slab of slate or some brick pavers be sufficient material for a hearth under it? What about behind? Any idea how much clearance it would need around the sides and back? How much humidity could it tolerate even if rain weren’t an issue?
 
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West

Senior nut
Shore up your porch and put it out there.

If you put the feet on it on 12x12 patio bricks that will help distribute the weight better too.

The important thing is the combustion chamber shakers, and the cold rolled stove body shape. Is it rusted through?

Need pictures.
 

rosepath

Member
I hate to admit that I have two. One in the kitchen, and one at the farm's polebarn. Never hurts to have a spare :)
Hope you can find a way to include it in a protected space, the rust creeps in quickly if moisture gets to it.
They are wonderful to cook on.
 

LibertyMom

Senior Member
It looks to be in pretty good shape. I don’t think it has actually been used in 20 years or more, but has been kept in a newer house, a new-construction barn in the heated office area, and in an attached garage, before coming to us.
 
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