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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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5 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.

     

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