Minnesota couple warm up to vintage cast iron stoves
A collection of Round Oak baseburners. Elaborate detail on ornate baseburners started out as hand-carved wooden molds. Nickel plating – not chrome, as many mistakenly believe – adds luster.
Two handsome pieces from the collection of stoves gathered by Bill McCann and Chrissy Nord. A Radiant Estate Model 214 (left) and a Royal Acorn Model 142 (right). "Many of these stoves I've told the kids 'You're going to sell these, not me,'" Bill says. "This is a real family interest, with my daughter and son and Chrissy all involved in it ... they give me the drive to get it done."
Bill McCann and Chrissy Nord (shown here with the Art Garland 25 they use to heat their home) are active partners in collecting and restoring antique stoves. "Chrissy is in love with the stoves," Bill says. "I'm so fortunate to have someone like her. She really fuels the fire."
A selection of Round Oak 14-inch heaters. Antique stoves occupy a place of honor at the Bill McCann home. "My daughter asked 'How many stoves are we going to get?' If I had my way, I'd fill the entire house with old stoves!"
Regal Peninsular stove.
An 1889 Art Garland cookstove.
Detail on a Regal Peninsular stove built in 1879. Faces of a boy and girl are shown in the tile.
Detail on a Regal Peninsular stove built in 1879. Collectors differ on whether the stove's finial depicts a gladiator or a knight.