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A Majestic Stove

09 Nov
Hearth Cooking

Hearth Cooking

It always happens sooner or later. The subject eventually returns to food and cooking. It is especially appropriate now with the Thanksgiving holiday looming. As you think about these types of cooking, consider the experience of roasting a turkey using either method. A trip to the Wheat Ridge Historical Museum was instructive. Their restored sod house offers two styles of cooking in close proximity. At the hearth is the traditional style used by pioneers. They were happy to be indoors under a roof, sod or not, instead of preparing meals on an open campfire with little available fuel other than dried out buffalo pies. Skillets and Dutch ovens were utensils of choice to cook hot meals and stews for hungry families in this solid stone hearth, which also provided plenty of heat for comfort.

Majestic Wood Stove

Majestic Wood Stove

Then along came the Majestic Wood Stove. It had all the bells and whistles, for those who could afford it. This stove in the photo has six burners and warming cabinets overhead. It’s a beauty. My friend, Yellowstone Carol, loves Majestic stoves and swears by them. She cooked many a fabulous meal on one up in Yellowstone Country. She became especially proficient at baking pizza in them. She enjoys any opportunity to stoke one up with chopped wood to give it a whirl with her latest recipe.

Living history and house museums are a great place to step back in history, whether to learn about life in the kitchen, or any other pioneer endeavor. To find such places in Colorado, refer to The Walls Talk: Historic Museums of Colorado, by Patricia Warner, from Filter Press.

Joyce B. Lohse, 11/9/10
http://www.LohseWorks.com

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2010 in Western history

 

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15 responses to “A Majestic Stove

  1. Ruth

    May 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What year is this stove? We have one exactly like it. I cooked and heated our house with this stove in 1980. Thank you for your reply.

    Ruth

     
  2. joyce4books

    May 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hello Ruth — I hope you enjoyed your experience cooking on the Mighty Majestic wood stove. I asked about the date when I saw this one, and did not receive a satisfactory answer. Somebody at Wheat Ridge Historic Park has an answer. I will continue to look into it.
    — Joyce

     
  3. Susan

    February 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hi Ruth – I lived in the midwest for many years and learned how to bake bread and make everything else in my wood stove (not as fancy as the Majestic, but very aggreable for all purposes). We have since moved back east & this past fall when the power went out due to weather, we cooked on our little Scandia stove which is attached to our fireplace – smaller cooking surface area, but I was grateful for having at least that to use.

     
  4. Penny Patin

    October 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi, Ruth! My Name is Penny…I grew up being taught to cook on this stove by my Grandmother. She passed away several years ago I just traveled from New Mexico to Chappell hill Texas to pick up this same exact Majestic! Was curious about it’s exact age? Any ideas? Thanks, Penny Patin

     
  5. bruce

    May 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    hi-Ruth i have a majestic junior no legs everthing else is there wood handles tin pots not sure value.

     
  6. Carol

    August 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    How do you read the thermometer on the majestic stoves? Mine only has 1 thru 12.

     
    • joyce4books

      August 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Hello Carol — Thank you for your interesting question. I will ask my friend, an expert at cooking on mighty Majestic wood stoves. However, it might be awhile before I get an answer. She is getting married this weekend, and I will see her then, but I suspect her mind will not be focused on wood stoves!

       
  7. Crystal G.

    October 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    hi I have recently acquired a majestic cook stove, I am very curious about its history. it has a number on the front 36458 and it says pat. oct 12 09. would you happen to have any info or know any one who may have some info on this beauty. thank you Crystal.

     
    • joyce4books

      August 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Hello Crystal, for specific information about your stove, I hope you have done a thorough online search. Beyond that, I recommend finding a museum or archives that might have a similar stove and/or information that would be helpful to you. Let us know if you find it! Best wishes, Joyce

       
  8. Dean Vorhies

    May 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Did Majestic ever build incinerators for residential use?

     
    • joyce4books

      August 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you for your interesting question about Majestic woodstoves. I will keep it in mind in my travels, if I come upon more information about this topic. Please let us know if you learn anything, as others are interested in this topic as well. Good luck!

       
  9. Kathy

    February 4, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I purchased a Majestic cookstove some years ago it is wood/coal burning. It came with firebricks that had been removed for easier moving. I do not know where the firebricks should be placed. I thought maybe on top of oven below the griddle surface but that might block heat flow around oven box. Any suggestions or ideas on this? Thank you!

     
  10. Rick Aznoe

    February 17, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I have the same stove as in the picture, it was in my grandparents farm house which was built in 1916. I grew up in that house but the stove had migrated to a farm outbuilding, (barn actually). Dad and I farmed together until my folks retired. I assumed running the farm and moved into the old house. I restored the stove, about 1976 and moved it back to its original place in the house. We heated and cooked with it until 2004, raising two boys, and sadly have moved off the farm now. I did take the stove with me, and would love to have it functioning in our new house. I’m getting older now, but will always remember coming in from brisk north central Montana winter days and standing in front of that faithful majestic stove. Nothing like fresh bread out of that cookstove.
    p.s. It could be 80 degrees in that kitchen and everybody still headed straight to it to warm up!

     
    • joyce4books

      February 18, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Wonderful story, Rick! I became aware of Matjestics in a cabin built by friends in the ’70s. Perhaps that was the brand of choice, or brand that was available in Montana back in the day. Best of luck with the installation. A local wood stove or fireplace business might give you a lead.

       

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