Cleaning and caring for an iron cookstove

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by hillbililil, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. hillbililil

    hillbililil Guest

    I have my mother's old irpm cook stove which has been just sitting for quite a long time and I would like to know how to go about cleaning it and making it look like new. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. Bonnie
  2. Jack

    Jack New Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    New Zealand
    Gidday from way down in New Zealand.
    I had an old stove some years ago, that had been coated with enamel that was very badly chipped and looked disgusting. I hired a sandblaster, made a tent over the stove and got all rigged out in protective clothing and got inside the tent and sanblasted it. The I painted it black, and it looked like a brand new old one.


  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Is it rusted? Rust can be removed with a mechanically driven wire brush; a second method is to use a propane bottle torch to sweep over the rusty areas. Either method requires eye protection. Maybe compressed air to get the loose material off first, blow out the cobwebs, ect. Sandblasting is also an option, but a high labor one.

    After cleaning tobare metal you can apply 'stove black' (found at an older hardware store) or use high tempature paint, found in use for auto exhaust headers at an automotive 'speed shop'.

    If you intend to use the stove, make the first fireing outside so the coating fumes will have a chance to burn off outside.
  4. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

    Mar 11, 2004
    Northeastern Minnesota
    Herself cooked exclusively on a wood fired range for over half our 33 years together and used one 70% or 80% of the time during the remaining years. She has always just brushed off any rust that has formed and blacked or polished as necessary.

    Interesting thing, when we came to Minnesota 10 years ago we had never seen a wood/LP gas combination range; we bought one straight away and used it until two years ago when I bought her a new Sweetheart wood range. Now the old wood/gas range is stored away until she decides she needs the space and sells it.

    We only use our wood heating stove from about Thanksgiving until the middle of March here and the wood range heas the house the rest of the time.

    Haggis @ Wolf Cairn Moor