Sometimes Being Stubborn Is The Only Way Forward

I’m paying for it today but I won again.

I have had this antique wood cook stove for 25 years now that I have been dragging around whenever I have moved that has been sitting in my step mothers half garage for the last 15 years.

It had to be gotten out of there so we can get her place on the market.

It’s a heavy, two piece bastard. The actual stove is separate from the base and will lift out.

That makes it an even bigger bitch to move.

One of my brothers has an Office Furniture business and they have those Isuzu box trucks with lift gates.

He talked one of his guy’s into coming over on his day off with one and we got the stove up onto moving dolly’s, got it on the lift gate and then into the truck. It’s only two and a half miles to my place from there as the crow flies and he followed me back here and we managed to get it out of the truck, off the dollys and get it sat down out in the driveway here. I gave the guy $50 for doing this on his day off and it’s all good, right?

Except I can’t seem to get lined up with anyone to help me get the bastard inside the garage so it’s been sitting out there under a tarp for two weeks.

First I had to empty out a bunch of shit into the driveway, then I had to ponder the situation and come up with a plan.

Hydraulics baby.

That is the way forward. That and sheer stubbornness on my part.

Just to make it more of a challenge, we had set the thing down backwards from the way it needed to go in and the driveway is sloped so everything wants to roll down hill.

It took me over an hour to get it to that point above and then I had to swing the hoist around and back down the driveway a little to get it turned the way it needed to go back in.

Having it hang kind of crooked like that actually turned out to be handy.

I could gently rest that one leg on the concrete as a stabilizer as I rotated around to keep it centered.

Then it was pick it up, go drag out a heavy duty pallet I had, pick the thing up, sit the pallet on the legs of the hoist and set the thing down.

At that point I could get it turned around all the way, get a little Horror Fright floor jack I’ve had laying around underneath with a 1X4 on top and jack one side at a time up to stick pieces of 4X4 underneath as you can see there on the left side.

Even that wasn’t enough to be able to get the hoist back out and I had to jack it up again and put some 2 inch strips of 5/8’s plywood in between the 4X4’s so I could pull the hoist out.

I finally managed to do that and then it was just a matter of putting some 1X4 strips on the pallet jack, rolling it under the pallet, picking it up and then lining it up and rolling it into the hole I had kicked in all the crap to set it down.

I wound up having to put the 2 inch strips of plywood under the 4X4’s of the pallet so I could get the pallet jack back out but I got the damn thing in there finally.

Then it was time to take a break.

After getting enough energy back to continue, then I had to stack a bunch of shit I had taken out, back in there.

You pretty much wouldn’t know that stove is in there now without a close look but it is.

I could get it uncovered in about 5 minutes though. It’s just got a couple of empty coolers sitting on it and a whole bunch of other stuff stacked around it.

There was someone who was interested in this stove and I was going to make them a deal they couldn’t refuse but I haven’t been able to get an answer from several Emails I have sent, along with pictures.

I am hoping that that certain someone sees this post and gets a hold of me.

I took a walk around video of the thing I can upload to my Youtube channel and they can get a better idea of what we are looking at here and then they can decide if they want to mess with it or not.

In the mean time my back is hating on my ass today, I did all this yesterday and am paying for my stubbornness.

Meh, just another day in the life, ya know?

But I won.

22 thoughts on “Sometimes Being Stubborn Is The Only Way Forward

  1. That is a beauty of a stove! I remember baking in one a tad bigger, and oh, the joys of having to split enough wood for feeding it. The firebox on ours was not big enough for whole logs (not even permafrost-stunted spruce) and I was the family woodcutter. I do not miss that one little bit. Still, I appreciate the aesthetics of the wood cookstove.

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  2. a bit on the smaller side. my grandma had one a bit bigger and a warming box on top. she was still
    using in back in the 1970’s until they (her kids) got her a new electric one.. at which time it went in
    the summer kitchen and stayed there until 1980-90″ where it went after that, i have no idea.
    but it did keep the kitchen warm though. I do remember bringing in firewood for it as well.
    had it own wood pile, 16″ i think. unlike the fire places, house had 2 of them. but that was over 20 years ago now. last time i was down that way, eastern ky. hill country.

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  3. What fun! An engine hoist AND a pallet jack? You’re in fat city Phil.
    I have moved sheds and a gazebo with bottle jacks, pairs of planks, and short chunks of iron pipe to go between the planks. Hard to describe in words, a picture would make it obvious, but with the structure sitting on the top plank, it can be rolled with ease, picking up the pipe pieces at the back end and feeding them under the front end. Turning a corner was a little more complicated. The other trick is the old lever and fulcrum. With a 16′ 4×6 shoved under the edge of the building, and the fulcrum set within a few inches, I can lift tons with one hand.
    I always enjoyed moving heavy stuff like that when my wife was at work, and when she got home asking “How in the world did you do that?” The answer is always the same: “It took awhile.”

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  4. Advertise that fucker! They bring big bucks. We have one in our garage. Took me a year to figure out the multiple drafts on it. We made a whole thanksgiving meal on/in it last year. There’s a guy in Rhode Island that has a business just finding/selling/ restoring them.

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  5. Phil- I hope you not home alone when you move that thing. Friend of mine dad managed a ranch. Closed big elec. gate. It came off the rollers and pinned him to the ground. Suffocated.


  6. Nana, b. 1892, (my Mom’s Mom) had one in her kitchen that was 6 burners, 2 ovens and a warmer. My Grandfather would fill the wood box every morning before he went to work. He got her a little propane range in the early 70’s but she never would touch it.

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  7. How would you keep a steady temperature that oven, to get the good pies and bread to come out not all black and burnt? Obviously them women must have been pretty smart.
    Like to see some young chick manage that today.

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  8. I had the same idea, I should just hook the trailer up and drive up there…. Only take a week or so.

    I do the same stuff. Exactly the same way. Just brain my way through until I have to muscle it out of the hole.

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  9. You did a good job there. Several years ago, the starter went out in my SUV. It’s heavy, and my driveway is steep. So I rigged a 2×6 flat just inside the garage door (against the concrete foundation) and a come along. Jack it up the driveway until I ran out of cable, block the wheels, rinse repeat. It took several tries, but I finally got it into the garage enough so I could push it on level ground. Then I had a roof to work under.


      • I have, in order to work on the starter of a 1991 Chrysler Imperial (yeah, F me, it was cheap and it sort of worked but what a complete piece of dogsqueeze) parked facing downhill on a pretty steep slope, jacked up the car using the carjack to shove cinderblocks on it, working one side to another, until the nose was pointed above the horizon and it was stacked on a dry wall of cinderblocks about 4 blocks high.

        What a dumbass I was, but I had the rear wheels blocked with 4x4s and rebar pounded into the road. So I wasn’t a complete dumbass.

        But got the starter out. By the way, AutoZone and other auto parts stores don’t test starters and alternators on load, so what looks like it might be a good starter or alternator may not be.


  10. The gentleman who said he wanted it a couple months ago contacted me and still wants it. There are good reasons why it has taken him a while to get back to me.
    It is spoken for unless he tells me different at a later date.


  11. Damn, Phil. Instead of TWU just walking by muttering, why didn’t you have her roasting a meal in it? My old gram lived in a tin shed, no power or running water, would whip up the lightest puff pastry from scratch, and cook the best pies and roasts possible in her wood stove. Should be enough mistakes/offcuts left from your woodwork projects to get you started. That apple tree would have been sweet to burn.


  12. save your bigger pieces of apple wood for tool handles and other things. fruit wood makes great
    handles. i like pear wood the best. very smooth almost glass like after sanding. burn your scraps
    from that. used to make baby rattles from pear wood, people loved them !
    you know, the one with 3 rings turned out of one piece. i know people who saved them for when the kid got older so they wouldn’t break them. one even had a box made for it with her name on it.
    thing i remember most is grandma biscuits, warm and fresh every morning. ham slices or bacon
    black slop gravity and lots of eggs ,she kept a lot of chickens on the farm. often wished i could go
    back in time and just stay there. life WAS BETTER BACK THEN. life was better in a wood stove
    kitchen. fried rabbit and taters butter beans, pickled corn. things kids today will never know.


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