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Perfection Cook Stoves
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Tom A    Posted 07-04-2002 at 03:13:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm thinking of getting a Perfection kerosene cook stove for canning. I want to do the processing outside so the kitchen doesn't get so hot when we're putting stuff up.

Does anybody know if the Perfection stoves (either the new ones or the old ones) work well outside? I have a similar kerosene room heater, and it doesn't burn well in any draft at all, but I thought I read somewhere that some old timers used to can outside.


Scott    Posted 10-07-2003 at 17:36:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering a Perfection Model 790 heater for my cabin. Can anyone tell me when they were manufactured and how well they heat and are they easy to maintain. Also, do they have an anti-tip over shut off feature. Any web sites with manufacturer info??

Arnold    Posted 10-07-2002 at 12:20:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have used two Perfection kerosene cookstoves for over 50 years! They are one of the best and safest kerosene cookstoves ever made, and preferred by the Amish. The Perfection Co. of Cleveland Ohion also made a lower priced kerosene cookstove named IVANHOE that is equally as good, but a bit less fancy. Other brands of Kerosene stoves not using the Perfection design, can be quite dangerous to use. Insurance companies do not recognize the difference and have attached an unfair stigma to all kerosene stoves.
Unfortunately Perfection and Ivanhoe cookstoves do not perform well outside or in drafty places. You might consider building an outdoor wind screen for outdoor use. There are one burner portable models with a built in wind screen, but still do not perform well in drafty places. The wicks require wiping smooth every day and gently with a soft cloth or piece of paper towel. Never let your Perfection stove run out of fuel, for it will consume and destroy the wick. Otherwise the wicks will last for a couple of years. The last I knew, there was an Amish store in Berne Indiana called Schwarts manufacturing Co. They have some parts for Perfection and Ivanhoe stoves. Once you get used to cooking on a Perfection or Ivanhoe, you will wonder why more people do not use them. I would never go back to cooking on electric or gas! Arnold

Diane    Posted 07-26-2004 at 17:51:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have acquired a 1917 Ivanhoe R109 kerosene stove, P.Stove Co. Patented Nov. 1917 and April,1919. Top Cond. What would be the value of this stove. Have offer made on it, need to know value. Thanks

pcc-AL    Posted 07-04-2002 at 03:50:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Tom A,
I can't tell you much about Perfection stoves as I am unfamilar with them. I remember the old kerosene stoves when I was a child and they were very inefficient and smelly.
I do all my canning on my screen porch with a propane gas fish cooker. Even with propane, if it is very breezy, the flame flutters and is not steady. If the flame on a Perfection is exposed, I would think that you will have the same problem. I improved my situation by rigging a plywood wind shield that will stand around the cooker. Good luck.

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