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Ideal cooker box HELP HELP
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ed    Posted 08-06-2001 at 18:28:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need some help. My sister was given a box the other day from a neighbor. She has never seen anything like it nor have I. The box has a metal tag on it saying IDEAL manufactured by The Toledo Cooker CO. Toledo OHIO #14 pat april 14 1914 pat july 7 1914.
This box is 16"x16"x24"high. I though it was one of those boxes they used for milk delivery but the inside is'nt square. The inside is insulated and lined with tin or zink. There is a 14" round hole nearly to the bottom and a vent hole in the top. Does anyone know what this box is? Any help would be greatful. Thanks ED




Larry Hettick    Posted 08-11-2009 at 13:11:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anybody got anything on a Toledo Cooker No 181? I have one but need to know more about it. Thanks.


Stephanie    Posted 05-27-2009 at 20:23:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a true Toledo fireless cooker, a bit diffent than many in that it is a "three hole" model made of oak. It has several soapstones which were heated on a cookstove or fire to warm the various wells. I have an egg poacher for one well, a drop in unit with holes presumedly for steaming vegetables such as corn. Two of the three holes are vented each with brass vents. The vented wells are for vegetables, fruit, or breads/dumplings. The unvented hole was typically used for meats or items most effectively cooked with some pressure. It was typically carried either to the battlefields or in peacetimes, farmfields, or on picnics and outings. I've never been able to obtain a price or value--either at the time of manufacture or now. I purchased mine at a farm auction and use it as a charming coffee table. I need a cookbook if anyone has one for sale.


Claudia    Posted 03-28-2009 at 13:56:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just purchased the same box at a yard sale and was told it was a field cooker, carried into the fields by soldiers so the officers could have a hot meal. Thats all I know now. Thanks Claudia


Sandy    Posted 03-01-2008 at 20:42:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Several years ago we purchased an IDEAL No. 14 mfg. by The Toledo Cooker Co, Toledo, Ohio at a large antiques flee market in CT. It has patented April 14,1914 and July 7, 1914 on it. A well crafted wood box approx 14 X 14 X 16 5/8 high sits on metal legs making the total hight 28 1/4 inches. It is tin lined on the inside and fitted with 2 round stones and 4 tin boxes. I was told it was a "field cooker" carried into the fields by soldiers so the officers could have hot meals. However, it is rather heavy.


Steve Simons    Posted 03-25-2009 at 16:06:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found a Toledo Cooker Company item in an old barn. It has two doors, inside are two metal racks (like oven racks) and in the top is a small hole. It appears to be a "smoker" as there is room under the racks for small pieces of wood or what ever to be burnt. I can not see how it could be used for anything else. Can anyone tell me anythings about this item. I have not been able to find any numberings on the unit.


amy schumann    Posted 07-19-2009 at 17:05:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If anyone has a copy of the book for the toledo cooker conservo or a pdf file of it, I would love to have it. I have one and it is quite a conversation peice when people come over, but they always want to know exactly how it works. I would love to have a manuel or cookbook for it. I would compensate you for any help. Thanks Amy


jan honkisz    Posted 07-25-2007 at 05:17:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a conservo , made by the Toledo Cooker co 1907. Its complete with 4 shelves and I use it for canning . I prefer it over the water bath method . I would love a copy of the manual if anyone has it!


Iva Lou Bergman    Posted 07-01-2008 at 10:37:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in desperate need of a Toledo Conservo Cooker manual! I'm am willing to pay for a reprint of one. Can anyone help? Canning season is just around the cornor.Thank you!!


Kathy Wood    Posted 10-10-2008 at 08:44:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I saw your note and wanted to ask you a question, if I may? I do quite a bit of canning and the idea of being able to can 14 quarts at a time is absolutely fantastic. Can you please tell me about your canner (there seem to be a coupld of different types) and what all you have canned in it? Thank you so very much for your help.


Mike Murphy    Posted 08-11-2008 at 14:09:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a little booklet from the Toledo Cooker Company of Toledo Ohio titled The Secrets of Cold Pack Canning published in 1923, it has pictures of the No.20 Conservo Steam cooker stove top unit along with many methods used for canning in both glass and metal. It also has general instructions for using the Conservo.If you want a copy we can scan them in and email.


Jerry D. Carlson    Posted 02-17-2009 at 09:16:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My name is Jerry and i came across my conservo four days ago and was just looking it up on the internet and saw youre reply to someone about scanning to email a copy of youre manuel ? could i please have a copy ? would be very greatful thank you maybe i can return the favor i love collecting antiques.


Shar    Posted 01-21-2009 at 13:27:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mike - do you still have a copy of the cook book? I just came upon one of these cookers and would love to try it out.
Thanks much!


David Sonenfild    Posted 02-03-2009 at 10:19:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Mike,

I just bought a used Conservo canner and noticed you have an
e-mail file of the instructions for canning using it.
Please send it to me at "backtolife@safe-mail.net".
If you wish some money just let me know how much you need
and I will send it to you.

Best Regards,
David Sonenfild
513 200 2340


amy    Posted 09-29-2008 at 18:13:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I woulld like to get a copy of your little book


Kathy Wood    Posted 10-10-2008 at 08:14:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I could really use a copy of that cooker book if you don't mind. Please let me know how much you would charge for a copy. Thanks a million


Howard Amborn    Posted 06-27-2007 at 18:00:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have Toledo Cooker No. 14 with the soapstone and the pots. It was used by my wife's grandmother to prepare food for the workers on the farm harvesters working in the Pleasanton, CA area. We are going to donate it to the museum in Pleasanton.

Sorry we do not know the value.



BJ    Posted 05-22-2004 at 20:34:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have just purchased the Ideal Toledo Cooker Company piece. We bought it at auction. A gentleman there told us that the military used these also. I am not sure of the credibility of that statement but would like to learn more about the piece. Ours still has the soapstones and the cooking pots.

What are the holes in the top for? What came in the set or with the unit when purchased new - does anyone know? I found an interesting article online by Alice Ross (http://www.journalofantiques.com/Nov/hearthnov01.htm) that gave a very interesting history and a picture that wasn't very clear showing the diagram of the piece.

If anyone knows anything, please let me know. (Or knows where I can look). I found very interesting comments on here and hope to learn more! Thanks!


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ruth    Posted 07-26-2007 at 15:24:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the book that came in the oven. It is titled The Ideal Steam Cooker Cook Book. This book came in a double door oven patented Feb 1907. There were square pans inside of tin. The hole at the top was to let the steam out. It was really neat. I cooked bisquits and everything in it. Sold it and wish I had it back.I do have the book and it is like new.


David Sonenfild    Posted 02-12-2009 at 10:05:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Ruth,

I would love to pay you to copy that booklet on the Conservo
Canner.
Please let me know.

Best Regards,
David Sonenfild


Judy    Posted 09-10-2008 at 06:10:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the same cooker, my father passed not long ago. He had one in our house as long as I can remember. I don't have the book.. Do you want to sell yours?


David Sonenfild    Posted 02-03-2009 at 10:23:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Judy,

If you made a copy of that Conservo booklet I would love to pay
you for your trouble. E-mail is "backtolife@safe-mail.net".

Just bought a used cooker and need the manual.

Best
David Sonenfild
513 200 2340


Iva Bergmsn    Posted 06-19-2008 at 09:06:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like a copy or the booklet for the conservo cooker. Can you help me?


Judy    Posted 09-08-2008 at 15:16:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the same cooker, my father passed not long ago. He had one in our house as long as I can remember. I don't have the book.. Do you want to sell yours?


csilla breznay    Posted 10-18-2007 at 19:59:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi...i just got myself an ohio steam cooker..1901.
copper bottom...shelves and seperaters..
for baking on my wood stove..
you have an instruction book..
perhaps you could just give me some perspective on how to use
this..
thanks so much.
csill.a


julia durr    Posted 03-02-2007 at 19:43:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also have what you described. I found it in an aunt's attic. She told me it was used to transport food to soldiers, but I have not been able to find any concrete information. Please let me know if you find out anything thanks


Karin    Posted 12-27-2003 at 15:12:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an IDEAL fireless cooker made by the Toledo Cooker company as well. Mine is made of Oak, has two lift up lids and has circular cooking chambers lined with tin. I have the cooking stones, the cookbook and all the pots that go inside. It is a unique piece for sure and I just love it.

My mom gave it to me after my dad passed away in 1995. She and my dad had it in their home for years.

I have taken it to an "antique road show" type of show. They had no clue as to the value let alone what it was. They took some photos and said they would investigate and get back to me but I never heard from them.

I am planning on keeping it but would just like to know what the approximate value is because it is so unusual. Just curious. If anyone has a clue or knows how to go about finding the value, I would appreciate it. Thank you.


karen schooley    Posted 12-27-2003 at 18:27:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think I have a similar cooker..........
Could you please email me with any other information you have found out.
I have just started to inquire about the cooker and I am looking for any advise or information you could share.
Thank you so very much,
Karen


robert    Posted 05-24-2003 at 11:03:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i also have one ... an oak box with 2 containers that sits on a metal frame with casters. i have the pots and thermometer but the original stones were lost long ago.my great-grandfather was a doctor in upstate sc .he traveled about in horse&buggy making house calls and used the ideal toledo cooker to sterilize his medical instruments. i also have the scales which he used to weigh newborn infants...the scale is the detecto-lette mfg. by jacobs brothers in binghamton ny...these cookers are rare indeed and everyone should take very speacial care with theirs.


Jeanette    Posted 09-12-2003 at 12:26:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to know the value of this cooker please,Ideal The Toledo cooker Co.Toledo O.

Thank You


Mike    Posted 06-25-2002 at 11:05:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have one that I found in my Great-Aunts house. It is from either 1909 or 1912 and is in prestine condition. The one that I have is for cooking. It has the pots still in it as well as the heating stones. Does anyone know what the value of it is? How much could I sell it for? I kind of like it and will probably not sell it but it would be nice to know what it is worth.


Jordan    Posted 01-05-2003 at 09:29:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the same cooker that was described in several responses, but no one seems to know the value. Mine is complete with all the stones, containers,brackets, lifters and thermometer. I bought it in Mass. in the mid 70's. Does anyone know its value?


Pat    Posted 01-17-2003 at 15:56:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recieved a Ideal cooker for a christmas present. I am using it as a coffee table and I think its great. I also would like any information that anyone has. Mine is missing soapstones and one cooking pot. If anyone has any idea where I could purchase these please e-mail me. It is oak with a gold ideal label on bottom, it is the two hole model and says ideal toledo cooking company.Thanks Pat


Debra Miller    Posted 03-17-2003 at 09:21:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! Does anybody know anything about the Conservo, made by Swartzbaugh Co., Toledo, Ohio? I believe it was for canning. I would love a copy of the directions. Thanks!


Jerry d Carlson    Posted 02-17-2009 at 09:24:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi ! I was just reading along about these cooker and so far yours sounds just like mine. I just got it two days ago. Can you enlighten me ?


BEN WOODALL    Posted 08-26-2004 at 09:23:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I JUST GOT HOLD OF A CONSERVO COOKER OR WHAT EVER IT IS BUT DO KNOW IT'S VERY OLD BUT IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. IT IS 12 BY 12 AND 22 INCHES HIGH AND HAS A COPPER BOTTOM ON IT. IT ALSO HAS TWO TRAYS INSIDE IT FOR PUTTING WHAT EVER IT IS THAT YOU DO WITH IT ON. MY THOUGHTS WAS THAT IT'S SOME KIND OF COOLER OR WARMER BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HAVE CHARCOLES IN THE BOTTOM OR IT WOULD MELT SO IT HASE TO BE ICE OR SOMETHING JUST WORM TO KEEP THING EITHER COLD OR WORM BUT THAT'S JUST WHAT IT LOOK LIKE TO MEBUT LIKE YOU I WOULD SURE LIKE TO KNOW FOR SURE JUST WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS THING AND HOW MUCH IT'S WORTH.


Jim Aishe    Posted 11-12-2004 at 00:11:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found a Conservo steam cooker in Elnora In. just as you describe.It came with it's origional instruction manual for steam cooking & cold pack canning. It also has many canning tips and recipes. The only thing missing from my Conservo is the whistler that sits on the top of the unit,where the copper tube exits the cabinet.Would like to hear from somebody with one to sell.


Terri    Posted 02-25-2004 at 06:21:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have the Conservo Book on Cooking and Canning. We found it in an antique shop in Indiana. It contains instructions and recipes. Please e-mail me if this is what you are looking for.


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Gordon Huyser    Posted 08-01-2003 at 11:49:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Conservo, made by Swartzbaugh Co., Toledo, Ohio was called a hot water warming box. It was also the Toledo Cooker for Steamed Hotdogs. Nearly every street corner on the East Coast had a vendor who sold steamed hotdogs. It was designed to sit on a fire which heated water which in turn steamed the dogs. It had racks, tray and a bottom copper water holder. It measures 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 20 1/2 inches tall. I haven't found anything on its use for canning.


Joe Murphy    Posted 01-30-2005 at 16:23:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mother used a Conservo until about 4 years ago to steam cook fruitcake. There is a funnel with a tube running to the bottom of the cooker (the copper part) for adding water as the steam evaporated. Originally I assume they sat on a wood stove but she used hers successfully on an electric range. Interestingly, the Charleston SC museum has one and describes it as a "fruit drying device" which makes no sense since it has a resevoir and filler tube for liquid! I think they were used for any type of steam cooking.


ken pytlak    Posted 08-03-2003 at 15:20:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi I am also looking for info. about this copper box..Did you happen to get some info on this? I will try to get some research and will ley you know! Ken


Carroll    Posted 08-16-2003 at 17:57:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently became owner of one of these steamers. Can someone tell me when it was manufactured and approx. what it is worth. It is in excellent condition. Thank you


Deb    Posted 09-29-2003 at 06:22:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Does anyone know the value of the Swartzbaugh Conservo Steamer?


Dallas    Posted 06-30-2002 at 14:29:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The one given to us is made out of oak, has the Ideal label on the front, his two lift-up lids on top, with two pots inside. The relatives it came from raised sheep at the turn of the century, so I assumed it was used in the cook wagon somehow--or possibly in the wheat harvest fields?? Interesting piece and it's a link to my own family history.


hightower    Posted 11-11-2002 at 09:04:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well guess what folks, the Ideal Cooker is in the Smithsonian! When I moved to New Mexico from Washington D.C. in 1977 I left my cooker in my father's garage. I had found it along with a three wheeled cane back wheelchair in a house I was helping to remodel. The my oak cooker came with metal detachable legs on casters, three round soapstones for heating, metal brackets for hanging the stones above the item to be cooked and metal disk to sit on top of the bottom stone between the pot and the bottom stone to prevent scorching of food. Unfortunately, to save space in Dad's garage I detached the metal legs (they were screwed on) and Dad not knowing what they were tossed them out in the spring cleaning. This past winter while at the Smithsonian (I think the Industrial and Technical Building) I saw an Ideal Cooker on display in a diorama as one of the necessities in the turn-of-the-century kitchen. In nearly 30 years that have owned the cooker (Dad shipped it and the wheelchair to me as apology for tossing the legs) I have used it lots of ways. I've cooked roasts, chickens, game hens, vegetables and breads in it with great success. Also, it was a great source of heat back in the mid '70s when the superintendent of my apartment building would turn the heat off overnight! Simply heating the stones on the burners of the gas stove, placing them in the cooker on the hanging racks did wonders to warm my efficiency in Foggy Bottom. Hightower


Amanda    Posted 02-18-2002 at 11:06:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Ed,
The Ideal Cooker is a fireless stove that my great great grandfather CE Swartzbaugh invented. They were the first stoves that were not run by electricity or fire. The whole in the top is for a big pot that was placed inside so the food could steam and cook. Their company was based out of Toledo, OH and was called The Toledo Cooker Co. Hold on to that they are very hard to come by. I hope that I was a help!!!


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Sherie    Posted 12-22-2006 at 21:49:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have in possession a cooker similar to the one that is being described but the plaque on mine says :The Perfect Fireless Cooker; Sears; Minneapolis, MN
It also is a wooden box with a hearth stone with pot and lid.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Sherie


Ellen Batdorf    Posted 05-28-2006 at 12:32:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we were cleaning out my grandparents shed and found a the ideal fireless cooker. it has three holes in it for pots to sit in. They want to sell it but we are unable to find how much this cooker is worth. Also the year that it was made. Do you have any info on this. thank you


Eunice M. Thomas    Posted 09-13-2003 at 09:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Cooker that sounds something like the description of the other cookers yet it is not the same. It is made of Oak and has 4 caster wheels on bottom - not opening at the bottom. The lid is hinged and has a steam whole made of either stainless steel or aluminum. The underneath of the lid and inside the cooker is also stainless or aluminum. There is a black & gold label on the front that says "IDEAL - Manufactured by The Toledo Cooker Co., Toledo, O" It has 2 handles and hinges to close the box secure. There are no removable pots and I was wondering if there should be. It is not electrified in anyway. The descriptions of all the others is similar yet different. Do you know anything about this box?


KIMBERLEE DOLAN    Posted 09-05-2003 at 10:09:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WE HAVE AN IDEAL COOKER, MADE BY THE TOLEDO COOKER COMPANY, IN GOOD CONDITION. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON IT, AND POSSIBLY HOW MUCH IT IS WORTH?


Sherie    Posted 12-17-2002 at 19:29:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also have in possession a "fireless cooker". The plaque on the outside of this 16" X 16" wooden box says Sears Perfect Fireless Cooker.Made in Minneapolis. Is this Sears, the Sears and Roebuck of today? Also, what is the value of said item. Appreciate any help. Thanks.


cheryl    Posted 05-15-2006 at 07:19:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just found a Sears Perfect Fireless Cooker. Sounds the same as yours. Looking for any info on it. Price/ how did it work/etc.


Sherie    Posted 12-22-2006 at 21:56:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cheryl,

Did you ever find anything about your fireless cooker?
It has now come into our possession from my father-in-law.
Mine says "The Perfect Fireless Cooker" "Sears"
Minneapolis, MN
Any information would be much appreciated.

Thanks


Tim Bennett    Posted 10-24-2002 at 08:01:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have one made out of oak also with two wells. The pots and wells are made out of seamless aluminum. Patent 1,117,889 granted in 11/1914 was for seamless cookery. Also I saw on a web site an oak one with a patent date of 4/14/14. There were 1000 patents granted that date. Apparently there were 3-well jobs as well. I was told mine was used in caboose of train. Mine has no patent date listed so must be a little older.



Jim F    Posted 01-01-2003 at 19:32:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have one also. It is the one that had the patent dated 4/14/14. I spotted it at an estate auction in Paragould Ar. I was with my parents and showed it to them. Thier high bid of $25 got them the cooker. That was in the late 70's. They found an Antique Week trade paper in 1990 that mentioned a similar cooker that sold for $185. Since I spotted the cooker at the auction, I always claimed a partial ownership to it and for Christmas this year they gave it to me! Mine has 4 soap stones in it along with the metal brackets for holding the stones. There is also a pair of tongs for lifting the stones and brackets. The only visable damage to mine is that the roller on one of the legs is broken and the top of one of the lids has some kind of bug damage. I assume termite damage. Otherwise it is in great shape.

Jim


Cindy Livingston    Posted 01-15-2005 at 18:10:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mom had one of the Ideal fireless cookers from
Toledo Cooker Co. I remember her cooking whole
chicken and veggies in it. She gave it to me years ago
and now I 'm interested in finding out more about it.
Mine is in good condition -- oak outside, aluminum (?)
inside, sits on a wroght iron base with wheels, 2 wells,
some aluminum cooking containers, 4 stones are there
(though 2 are broken in half. I think there are two metal
brackets, but no tongs. The outside of the box is
beautiful, although one of the latches is broken off.
People always comment on this piece when they are in
my kitchen. Anyone know where I can buy (or have
made) more stones and brackets and tongs so I can
use this cooker? Also, where can I find out more
information about it? Thanks, Cindy


Barb Langenhan    Posted 08-07-2003 at 17:42:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My father passed away in December 2002. The time for procastination is over, and I'm starting to go through the house so it can be sold.

I found, what I thought to be a trunk in the garage attic. It has three compartments, made out of aluminum. There are some type of round bricks that you must heat up and put in these containers along with the kettles. The cook book was in the bottom of one of the compartments, however, it's so old the cover has been torn off.

There is a diagram in the book of this fireless cooker, and the compartment lids are called radiators.

I can't seem to find anything anywhere on the cooker, not even at the public library.

Any ideas where I can begin?

Thanks, Barb


Tim Bennett    Posted 01-02-2003 at 07:16:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jim,
It's great that you have the soapstones and brackets, etc. That will definately increase the value. I have the optional thermometer. Does it give the patent number?
Is the exterior of your's all wood, or wood-lids/metal-sides?
Tim


Jim F    Posted 01-02-2003 at 11:27:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There is no patent number. The only number on the metal face plate is 19. I think that is the model number. Mine is all oak wood exterior. Only the name plate and hardware are metal on the outside. Of course the inside is metal, tin or aluminum?


Larry Gaede    Posted 08-02-2002 at 19:09:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have located and purchased a Toledo Cooker that has two seperate doors on it and is 12x20 inches in excellent shape. Can you give me some kind of idea of the value of this cooker?

I also have purchased an other cooker of sort that is similar. but the bottom of this one is all open, it has a swing door on the front with two small windows and a metal spring handle to open it with. It also has the same kind of handle on the top of it to carry it with. This one measures 12x12 inches and has a tempature gauge on the door. Do you know the name of this kind of cooker also and possible a value on it?

Thank you for any information you can help me with.


jenny Joanis    Posted 09-28-2002 at 17:44:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please help! I have a wooden trunk that has 3 red cushins inside, under them, there is 3 canisters, on the front of the trunk it says Toledo Cooker Company,Toledo Ohio. It measures
36"x15"X18" tall and sits on 4 legs with casters.
Can any onr tell me how much its worth, and information about it.
Thank you Jenny


Becky    Posted 01-22-2002 at 14:48:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The item that Ed has is a slow cooker. I have one that belonged to my great-grandmother. It is a solid wood box with no hole in the bottom. Mine has the original pots and round/flat stones that you would place in the fire and then put under and over the pots. Hope this was helpful.


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ed    Posted 08-08-2001 at 15:21:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still don't know how the thing worked. It has legs around 1 1/2" to 2" tall. Wouldn't have to sit on the stove to get the best heat? I would have to see it work. Another question would have to do with the inside, was there a pot or would you just cook in it as is? Thanks guy for the help. ED


Salmoneye    Posted 08-09-2001 at 06:11:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you get us a pic?
There should not be any legs...


Franz    Posted 08-06-2001 at 18:48:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's a dang old stove top oven. The hole sits over the burner, and you can bake bread or pies in the box just like its an oven.
Used to be one in dang near every farm auction around here.


Salmoneye-Yup...    Posted 08-07-2001 at 05:40:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Franz is right.
We have one that also has a temp guage and a vent at the top for regulating the heat.
There was also a type that went in the stove pipe that worked pretty well too. The smoke and heat went around the outside of the cooker box...


Phyllis    Posted 08-06-2001 at 18:31:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could it be an 'ice box'?


susan    Posted 04-30-2006 at 16:26:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
MY HUSBAND AND I JUST BOUGHT A CONSERVO STEAMER AT A YARD SALE. WE LOOKED IT UP ON THE NET. SO FAR IT'S WORTH AROUND S150.00. BUT. WE WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL CONSERVO INSTRUCTION MANUAL WITH RECIPES. PLEASE?


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