Sunny Boy wrote:BTW, for anyone interested in cooking on an old range, there's a pretty good book about it. Lots of info on kitchen range manufacturers, what to look for before buying, how to hook one up and operate it with either wood or coal. With over 100 pages of recipes, plus many more pages of other uses for wood/coal ranges. 196 pages in all, with drawings.
The title is, WOODSTOVE COOKERY, AT HOME ON THE RANGE. by Jane Cooper. I see Amazon.com still offers it for sale for under $10.00 in paper back.
Printed in 1977 by Storey Publishing, it's geared more toward the novice with the info it provides about how to check out, hook up and operate old cooking ranges. And, even more of the range manufactures listed in it are out of business, but all the other info is still very valuable.
And, giving the wife a copy may help lean her more toward letting you get an old range.
Hope you enjoy.
Paul, you are right about the book "Woodstove Cookery, At Home On The Range" is a very good book. Another one I ordered from Lehman's was a cookbook that Home Comfort ranges use to hand out to people who purchased their ranges. I like this book even better than the other one because of the historical value of it. Lehman's had it re-printed directly from the original. Some of the recipes are hard to follow, example: for starting out to make bread, it says start with a "good amount of flour". LOL How much is a good amount? LOL The back of the book is full of information pertinent to running a farm/household.
I got back tonight from driving to Lehman's in Ohio. The store is awesome and overwhelming to the senses, if you like this sort of thing. (I certainly do) The snow storm that hit Western NY today around 1:30 made a mess of things and I got home an hour and half later than I planned but made it safely. Overall, I am glad I got to see the store and was a good trip.