Who doesn’t love the old wood stove, the cook stove, the cast iron wood oven used by our mothers and grandmothers every day of the year?
This built-in cast iron wood oven/stove takes pride of place in our kitchen.
This is an older photo before the brick alcove was finished in a charcoal hue for the dark, rustic look usually found around old cook stoves in kitchens of days past. I first spoke about this stove and my small collection of ironmongery here.
It’s an Australian made Metters No2-V Royal, the same model we had when I was growing up at Leasingham. I wanted this model because I knew its capacity, how well it worked as a cook stove and heater.
There is a magic about these vintage pieces, something deeply satisfying and soothing in using them.
In the earlier post mentioned above I talked about these old cast iron pots, pans and kettles unwanted and abandoned when I found them. I had to bring them home. Had to.
From that post:
Solid cast iron made to be well used, they are utilitarian in their style and shape with deep bowls and long handles. Big cooking pots with true grit and substance, big character and big weight.
And home they came to form a part of my small collection of ironmongery, of old cooking pots and pans and other kitchenalia.
Well ensconced in metal pot-stands, one each side of the hearth now, they make a pretty vignette I think.
This old Mettters 2 stove is listed for sale on social media. Rusty and in need of some TLC/repairs, I share it because it is the exact make and model as ours.
When we found the one we wanted, it was sitting in a shed at the rear of the owner’s house in Angaston well covered and in good working order with no rust, broken or missing parts. It was in its original finish of green and cream enamel as above and common in these stoves.
And of course I wanted the stove without the cream and green enamel finish, wanted it brought back to its orginal pre-enamel state – raw steel then blackened.
I just love the old stove in its cast iron black state, so much more strength, depth and earthiness in its appearance! What a great job Lobethal Sheet Metal (at Lobethal) did!