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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Pilot Light Press (April 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984908005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984908004
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Skip Lau has been buying, selling and restoring old stoves for the past 18+ years. He currently has a shop in Santa Barbara, Ca. He first became interested in the wonderfully ornate, old cast iron wood burning stoves from the late 1800s when he lived in northern New Hampshire. After moving to Southern California his interests shifted to antique gas ranges (although he couldn't resist buying fifty old wood burners from a dairy farmer in Wisconsin and trucking them out here by U-Haul). He admits to being somewhat obsessive about old stoves and hangs on to more of them than he really should. He lives with his wife Christy and their dog Winston and has a new grandson Curtis.

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It's fun and you'll learn something from it.
Marley Greiner
Skip Lau has created a wonderful history of the modern stove.
RF Bublitz
This is a great book to just have lying around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jeffree VINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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I had no special interest in stoves. None at all. I was simply skimming this book one day out of curiosity, just to see how much I didn't know. Imagine my surprise when an hour passed in a flash, and I realized how engrossed I was in this wonderfully life-affirming history of stoves and all the precious memories they inspire.

The book's content and writing style are both accessible and warm without being superficial or cutesy (always turn-offs for me), so even an uninitiated guy like me can stay engaged. But guys like me sometimes need something more, which this book delivers in spades: striking visuals. Hundreds of vintage stove advertisements, organized thematically, adorn nearly every page. These ads, often in full color, are interesting enough to be a book in themselves although they really come alive through the thoughtful context provided.

Author Skip Lau offers a real gem here to anyone who shares his love for antique stoves and their many colorful connections to family, society, and American history. For everyone else, even casual stumblers like me, this attractive book offers an unexpectedly enjoyable ride into our past, especially its hot technology and the innovative marketing that spread it.
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About time someone cared enough about this topic and involved their personal love and experience to promote and educate the public about it. Lau does a wonderful first-hand type of historic documentation towards the subject that inspires one to learn more and possible personally experience the use of these homes in their homes. Kudos to the author for such a personal journey.
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If you love stoves, like I do, you'll really enjoy this. Especially if you write me and I sell you mine for half price! Then, after you glean the benefit of the material, put the same review in and sell it to someone else. I think this idea was originally thought of by Ben Franklin.
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By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2014
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Too bad the author didn't go further back into stove history from 1900. That is what I thought the book would cover. It is too general for my needs.
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