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Old 11-16-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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A few months back my uncle called me and told me about an old wood burning stove that has been sitting in my great uncle's backyard for at least the past 40 years. Before that it was in an old cabin deep in the woods in Colorado County where my grandfather and his twin brother had a deer lease for 25 years from the early 50's and well into the 70's. Both my dad and uncle were raised hunting on this place.

My great uncle's house was sold not long ago. They were having an estate sale and thought I might want it. I immediately jumped in the truck with my dad and off we went. I made my way around back and there were a few people looking at it. I tracked down the lady running the sale in a hurry and told her name your price!

Soon after I got it home, I unloaded it in front of my shop and pulled up a chair. My grandfather was a staple in my life up until he passed away in 2008. He was a huge outdoorsman and he passed that love on to my dad and my uncle Bobby which was passed down to me.

So I sat there for a bit letting my imagination take me back to a better time and a simpler way of life. I grabbed a few pieces of chopped oak wood, started a nice fire inside that ol wood burning stove and imagined sitting around that cabin deep in the woods of Colorado County.

Just recently I asked a good friend of mine Brad if he would be interested in restoring this stove for me. He is the best fabricator I know and boy was I glad to hear he would love to. Of course, he knocked it out of the park and this ol stove is ready to roll smoke for another 50 years.





















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Old 11-16-2021, 07:47 PM   #2
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About as cool as it gets!
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:50 PM   #3
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Wow awesome piece of history and good on you for making sure it will be here for making more memories for your family!! Looks awesome and those pics are so cool! What it would be like to be able to step back in time to those days when life was much simpler. Thanks for sharing.


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Old 11-16-2021, 07:52 PM   #4
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That’s awesome!
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:52 PM   #5
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Great story!
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:53 PM   #6
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That is absolutely awesome! So glad you were able to get that stove back.
Congrats, now you can make some new memories with it.

It really is priceless.
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:56 PM   #7
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Way cool! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:57 PM   #8
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Very cool
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:59 PM   #9
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That’s awesome sir.
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:59 PM   #10
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Thank you for sharing
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:00 PM   #11
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Grew up with the same stove sitting in the kitchen. Only heat we had. We toasted our morning breakfast on the plates. Home made bread, butter, and jelly. That stove can take the heat, and it radiates heat very well. What a prize!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:01 PM   #12
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That is so legit!!!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:03 PM   #13
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Man this is great! Awesome job all the way around.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:05 PM   #14
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Awesome! Great piece of family history.


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Old 11-16-2021, 08:08 PM   #15
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Great story
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:08 PM   #16
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Pretty awesome stuff, Johnny! That ol stove looked really good for 40 years outside...looks even better now.


Where are you gonna put it now?
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:09 PM   #17
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I wonder how many kids learned the importance of “Don't touch that it will burn you” on one of those.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:12 PM   #18
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Cool


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Old 11-16-2021, 08:15 PM   #19
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That’s awesome
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:24 PM   #20
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I have one from my grandpa I need to get restored. Yours looks really good!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:25 PM   #21
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Yes sir! The good old days when hunting success was not measured by the size of the horns. My retirement man cave will have an old wood burner very similar to yours when I retire.
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:31 PM   #22
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That’s better than new, and I love those vintage photos
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:32 PM   #23
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don't ya just love it ???
thanks for the rest of the story........
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:33 PM   #24
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Awesome stuff !


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Old 11-16-2021, 08:37 PM   #25
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Bad ***!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:38 PM   #26
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Good stuff right there Johnny! Heckuva get right there and nice work by your buddy....
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:43 PM   #27
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Priceless!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:55 PM   #28
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Very cool!!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:57 PM   #29
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Great piece of history, I’ve been looking for one of those for a while and I can’t find one so you have a gem all the way around!!
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:00 PM   #30
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Man I love this story! Brought me back to the “good ole days” as well! Well done!
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:04 PM   #31
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Thats wicked cool. I just love old stuff from back when. Especially stuff that’s been used by family.

We have an antique miniature “show and tell” type stove here at the house. It was taken from town to town in late 18 and early 1900’s in wagons by salesman. Its missing one foot but the whole thing needs restored as well and is actually functional.


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Old 11-16-2021, 09:14 PM   #32
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That's awesome Johnny and cool to have a piece of family history back then. It was definitely a much simpler way of life in those times and I would imagine so much better.
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:31 PM   #33
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Great story. It don’t get much better than that.
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:41 PM   #34
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Good stuff, looks great
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:46 PM   #35
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Awesome story! How were you able to photoshop all the Mossy Oak and Realtree out of those pics?
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:51 PM   #36
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That wood burning stove belongs with your family, but it almost got away. Glad to hear you and your dad made sure the family hunting stove remains in its rightful place. Great restoration of this wonderful old stove. Here’s hoping you and your family keep on telling hunting stories as you gather around that stove for many more years.
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Old 11-16-2021, 09:58 PM   #37
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What a great story, thanks for sharing. Love the old black and white pictures too.
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Old 11-16-2021, 10:06 PM   #38
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Great piece and even better story


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Old 11-16-2021, 10:12 PM   #39
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Hope you enjoy it to its fullest, awesome story.
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Old 11-17-2021, 01:10 AM   #40
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Cool where you going to put it?
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Old 11-17-2021, 01:50 AM   #41
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Looks great! Just curious about the restoration, did your buddy sandblast all of the rust off, down to bare metal, and then repaint?
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Old 11-17-2021, 07:15 AM   #42
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Thats pretty cool. I know where one like that is sitting that needs about that much work. Where is this guy that fixed up for you at?
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Old 11-17-2021, 07:21 AM   #43
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Super Awesome! Great story and pics MrJohnny. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the old amd new memories that thingll warm up.
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Old 11-17-2021, 07:22 AM   #44
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Awesome story! The history is just neat. Glad you got it back.
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:20 AM   #45
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Pretty awesome stuff, Johnny! That ol stove looked really good for 40 years outside...looks even better now.


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Cool where you going to put it?
I have a good sized screen in back porch coming off my back bedroom that is absolutely useless. Next year the plan is to close it in with with an ol school log cabin look for the interior. Everything inside this room will be rustic and this stove will go in the corner with a good view overlooking the back acreage. Gonna aim for something like this...





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Old 11-17-2021, 08:25 AM   #46
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That is about as cool as it gets! Pride in our hunting heritage.
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:33 AM   #47
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Very cool!
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:38 AM   #48
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Name your price - same thing I would’ve said if I was in your situation. Pretty awesome piece of history you got there.
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:39 AM   #49
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Awesome story. I’m glad you were able to get it back and restore it.
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Old 11-17-2021, 11:40 AM   #50
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Awesome story! How were you able to photoshop all the Mossy Oak and Realtree out of those pics?
Lol. They hunted out of trees in regular clothes and smoked cigars while hunting...drew the deer right to him my Peepaw use to say.
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Looks great! Just curious about the restoration, did your buddy sandblast all of the rust off, down to bare metal, and then repaint?
I'm not really sure. Brad goes by Ambush on here. Maybe he will chime in.
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Thats pretty cool. I know where one like that is sitting that needs about that much work. Where is this guy that fixed up for you at?
His shop is right across the street from my house.

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