Elmira Stove Works’ Brew Master draft system is a new addition to its Northstar Refrigerator line. Available in three sizes with removable fittings, the system can be added to Model 1950,1951 or 1952. It comes with a through-the-door tap dispenser, Read more
Normally when choosing a stove, the answer to whether you want to use gas (natural gas or propane) or electricity as a fuel source would depend entirely on how you prefer to cook. But unless you know the facts, how can you know what is best for you?
Let’s start with the idea of using a gas stove. Gas burners provide virtually instant heat. Chefs around the world use gas burners because the flame can be adjusted quickly and very accurately. This is a real advantage for searing meats, or when making delicate sauces that need to simmer at just the right temperature. However, gas stoves need a gas hookup in order to work. This may add unwanted costs when purchasing a residential range.
Electric stoves are a popular consumer choice with their smooth tops and shiny eye-catching design that is easy to clean after cooking. According to professional tests, electric ranges cook more evenly than gas ranges. This comes in handy for those who like predictability and consistency when cooking. For the budding Top Chefs out there though, take note that it is hard to determine exactly how much heat is emitted at the setting the electric stovetop is at. Another feature to be away of is if you’re in a hurry, electric stoves take slightly longer to reach the desired cooking temperature than gas stoves.
So when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, Elmira suggests going with what best works for you. Thankfully there is no reason to sacrifice what you truly want because Elmira Stove Works can put together whatever stovetop option you want with any Northstar or Antique range. Elmira appliances are built to suit your cooking style, whether that may be electric, gas, or duel fuel. All ovens are self-clean and our ranges come in an array of colors to match your décor and style. Be sure to check out Elmira’s Northstar and Antique ranges at www.elmirastoveworks.com and get ready to start cookin’ with your new gas or electric stove!
Contestants have a chance to win new & improved Elmira Microwave!
For the next several weeks, Elmira Stove Works is challenging social media fans and followers to an Old Fashioned trivia contest, for a chance to win an Elmira Microwave! Every Monday and Wednesday until August 30th, Elmira will randomly post a trivia question from the 1850s or 1950s on Twitter. The first person to retweet the question with the correct answer will automatically win an individual weekly t-shirt prize and be entered in a grand prize drawing of an Elmira Microwave!
Contact information will be collected from each prize winner through a direct message on Twitter.
Prizes will be mailed out at the end of each month.
Participants are limited to winning one weekly (Monday / Wednesday) prize throughout the duration of the contest.
All weekly winners will be entered in the drawing for the grand prize.
This promotion is not sponsored by or affiliated with Twitter.
OK, dare to tell us that this Elmira Brew Master Draft System fridge with a built-in brew dispenser isn’t every dad’s dream. Read more
The warmth and charm to enhance any country, century or Victorian kitchen is the hallmark of the Elmira Stove Works’ antique-styled appliances. With careful attention to vintage design, Elmira appliances complete the traditional feel of a “vintage” kitchen, rather than detract from it, as would modern-style black, white or stainless steel appliances. Elmira appliances feature the latest in cooking technology to ease routine food preparation and meet the high standards of the home chef.
Now is the time to give your kitchen range a makeover by investing in a quality stove that gives you the vintage look you have always dreamed about. Elmira offers an interactive online tool which allows you to customize your own range. With Elmira’s online tool your imagination can bring to life over 150,000 styling and functional combinations to achieve a personalized look that makes your new range a perfect complement to the style of your kitchen. Consumers can choose the size of stove, color, trim options, fuel source (gas, electric, and combination) and cooking surface they wish to view. Simply select your preferences and press “Show Stove”. In just seconds you will see your stove creation. Not quite perfect? Adjust your options and watch your range transform.
Elmira knows that no dealer or catalog can show all of the possibilities that can be offered. This online “Create Your Own Range” tool is the ideal way to ensure you will get exactly what you want without any guesswork on how the range will look when delivered.
Is there such a thing as being “modernly-retro”? Of course there is. Especially when there is a company like Elmira Stove Works to help make your kitchen, stove, or even your “man-cave” stylishly retro without losing the modern perks expected today.
The key to “going retro” is all in the style. Rounded edges with chrome accents are just some of the many features in a typical retro-themed kitchen. Color is also very important. The 50s were known for their bright color schemes contrasted against a clean lined shape to their décor. To make this look yours, don’t confine yourself to the colors of this decade: stainless steel, black and white. Instead add your own modern twist by picking your own color while keeping the 50s style to your kitchen, like Candy Red or Flamingo Pink. Elmira Stove Works offers nine color options to choose from in their Northstar line, with the ability to customize colors to for any design need; a perfect way to stay true to your own sense of style without taking away from the goal of going retro.
Don’t forget those modern day perks to your new fridge or appliance! The complete package can be found in Elmira’s full set of Northstar appliances, including ranges, refrigerators, dishwasher panels, hoods and microwaves. Elmira’s dedication to the retro look even goes as far as making sure that appliances have digital readouts that disappear once their job is done! This keeps your new kitchen looking like the iconic 50s style you have always dreamed of.
Elmira suggests checking out RetroRenovation.com for additional retro design ideas and authentic retro décor. With some good hunting skills you may find a few treasures that your friends will be admiring for years to come. A retro renovation of your kitchen brings in color and joy to the most frequently used room in your home.
Wood “Going Home”
One of life’s glories is homemade bread, but the sadness is that it is rapidly becoming a dying art. My mother used to bake bread every week when we lived in the little Missoula, Montana house that my father designed and built in the 1940s, but in 1950 we moved to Helena, and from then on the closest we ever got to that wonderful yeasty taste was a Helena bakery that baked fresh bread; a decade later, when we moved to another state, not even that. From that day to this, it’s been store-bought bread like everyone else.
She used a wood-burning stove in Missoula, and to her dying day Mother always insisted it was the best stove she ever had. Perhaps that’s why she gave up baking bread, because if it’s not going to be as good as it used to be, why bother? I don’t know. Maybe we should have found a way to hook her up with Elmira Stove Works, which is a Canadian firm that actually began operations in 1975 by manufacturing wood-burning cook stoves for local Mennonite and Amish communities.
It’s weird what you get used to-or don’t get used to, I suppose. In this day and age the thought of a wood-burning stove seems so alien to all that we know, to a point where the first question must surely be, “Well how many hours does it take to get it going?” Truth to tell, though, the dry kindling that is always beside the stove, a bit of newspaper, and a match gets it going in not much longer than it takes to fire up a gas range-a minute or two, tops! (Read More)
Be Cool: A Kegerator Don Draper Would Love
So far, the results had been, shall we say… dorm-worthy.But like any good idea, it was bound to produce genius at some point.Time to meet Elmira Stove Works, makers of what we’re calling the world’s first handsome keg-ready refrigerator, available now.After years of careful engineering study, they’ve combined the functional majesty of the beer tap with the cold-making powers of the fridge. And thanks to a retro-styled front piece, it looks like it was lifted from the set of Mad Men. (Read more)
Designer picks: New kitchen appliances
Every year, a slew of shiny new kitchen appliances enter the marketplace. New technologies are making waves in the kitchen arena and yet we also can see some retro-vintage products as well. The urge to move forward while keeping a toehold in the tried and true is always an important aspect of home building. Three professional kitchen designers from across North America weigh in on their favorite appliances that are new in the marketplace. (Read More)
ELMIRA, CANADA (April 2011) – Founded in 1975, Elmira Stove Works’ connections to antique appliances date back three and a half decades, supplying parts for wood-burning cookstoves to local Mennonites, and on to manufacturing cookstoves with 19th century styling. Thirty-five years later, Elmira Stove Works has become the industry’s leading provider of vintage-styled appliances, offering full lines of “circa-1850” and retro 1950s products.
Elmira’s first manufacturing venture was in building wood-burning cookstoves for the local Mennonite and Amish communities. As the business expanded to include cottage and camp owners, many consumers loved the appearance of the cookstoves, but wanted the practicality of gas and electric models. In the early 1980s, Elmira introduced gas and electric models with the same traditional styling, plus all of the modern features of the time.
In the 1990s, Elmira completely re-engineered its line of ranges, introducing models with state-of-the-art features including full-size, self-cleaning convection ovens, electronic controls and high-output burners. As sales grew and the line gained exposure, consumers began asking for other appliances to match their ranges. An “antique” refrigerator was introduced, and microwave ovens, wall ovens and dishwasher panels followed soon thereafter.
Much has changed over the past 35 years, but one thing remains the same: Elmira’s innovation is customer driven. “We are proud to be the industry’s leading provider of high-performance vintage appliances,” stated Tom Hendrick, President of Elmira Stove Works. “Elmira has always focused directly on the needs of consumers, developing and updating products to meet their changing needs. Using the best ideas and most innovative practices, we have grown with our customers.”
Elmira is constantly upgrading the performance of its products, yet remains committed to maintaining the authenticity and craftsmanship that sets it apart from other manufacturers. Elmira’s products stand alone for state-of-the-art performance, along with old-time elegance and charm.
Elmira became fully ingrained in the 1950s retro appliance category after coming to the realization that retro products were becoming popular, but were not readily available. Elmira developed a ’50s-style retro refrigerator in nine “nifty-50s” colors, including its most popular to this day, Candy Red. The retro refrigerator was a roaring success in the early 2000s but yet again, consumers wanted other products to complement their retro refrigerator. In 2004, Elmira introduced electric and gas ranges with modern features and an original retro look. Today, the Northstar retro line is comprised of the ranges, three models of refrigerators, two range hoods, a microwave, splashbacks, and three models of dishwasher panels.
In 2009, Elmira Stove Works came full-circle with its introduction of the all-new Fireview wood-burning cookstove. The Fireview brings Elmira back to its roots but, in true Elmira style, it incorporates many unique features never before available in wood-burning cookstoves.
All Elmira products are made with North American components and finished in-house, giving Elmira complete quality control. As one of the few appliance manufacturers left in North America, one of Elmira’s biggest challenges is working continually to improve overall product quality. All products are custom built to the order at hand, a reflection of each consumer’s individual taste and cooking style. Elmira does not stock inventory, as every product is built to each customer’s specific desires.
“We continue to create new, innovative products based on past eras. This takes time and planning. The products we are designing are like fine furniture; the appliances are the focal point of the kitchen, much like the fireplace in a living room,” said Hendrick.
Recently, Hendrick was inducted into the Canadian Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame as an innovator in the industry.
“Over the past 35 years, we have realized that the more innovative and creative we get with our products – keeping the antique and vintage design image – the better we can serve our customers. It’s not just what we do: it’s who we are,” said Hendrick.
About Elmira Stove Works:
Elmira Stove Works has been manufacturing vintage-styled ranges since 1975, and offers full lines of “circa-1850” and retro 1950s appliances, including ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, wall ovens, range hoods and wood-burning cookstoves. Elmira appliances are sold through dealers across North America. Elmira Stove Works is a privately owned company based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada.