The Psychology of Color: What It Means for Your Kitchen

We live our lives in color – from the bright and burnished hues of the changing seasons to the clothes and cars we buy, down to the way we design our homes.

Color is such an important element in interior design not only because it’s what we see, but because color is known to have psychological effects onour perceptions and emotions. When we choose colors for our walls, furniture and appliances, we’re subconsciously promoting the associations attached to those colors, which then affects our own thoughts and feelings.

The design of a home is a reflection of the owner. To help you design a home that embraces the characteristics and mindset that best fit your personality, we’re running through the psychology of some of the most popular colors in our Northstar appliance collection.

(Candy) Red – Red is a strong color – warm and positive – that is associated with passion, attention, pride and strength. In Eastern cultures, red is the color of good luck. In the kitchen, vibrant red appliances will instantly command attention.

White – On the other end of the color spectrum sits white, which corresponds to clarity, cleanliness, purity and innocence. White promotes a sense of order and encourages mental sharpness. Opt for white appliances in the kitchen to create a fresh, inviting look.

 (Robin’s Egg) Blue – Soothing and calm, blue invokes health and healing. Being surrounded by blue generates a sense of peacefulness and understanding. Choose blue appliances to bring a relaxed, tranquil feeling to your home.

Black – Black has a reputation for symbolizing darkness, but – in reality – black is commonly associated with professionalism and sophistication. Compare a black-tie event with a more casual gathering where you might wear a t-shirt and shorts. It’s the dark, dramatic suits and dresses that create an upscale atmosphere. Black appliances can lend that same sense of elegance to your kitchen.

(Mint) Green – Representing nature, growth and balance, green transforms spaces through its associations with safety and harmony. Whichever shade you choose, green appliances will deliver a sense of balance and relaxation to your home.

(Quick) Silver – Sleek, modern and sophisticated, silver opens us up new ideas and activates intuition. Including silver in your kitchen will impart a modern feel, while its associations with jewelry and treasures will invoke a sense of luxury.

(Buttercup) Yellow – The happiest color on the spectrum, yellow is an energetic hue that represents youthfulness and joy. It inspires thought and creativity, and – on an emotional level – lifts spirits and encourages optimism. Use yellow appliances to bathe your home in year-round “sunshine.”

One of the best features of the Northstar collection is the wide variety of available color options, which makes it easy to find the color scheme that’s right for you. Going for a beachy summer vibe? Try a light blue wall with white appliances or a white wall with Robin’s Egg blue appliances. Looking to make a bold statement? Pair red appliances with a black-and-white checkerboard floor. Whatever color you choose, know that it will subconsciously affect the way you and your guests feel and think about your kitchen. So, make sure to choose colors that truly resonate with you!


Famous TV Kitchens Reloaded: Hi-Tech Upgrades to Retro Designs for a Blast from the Not-So-Distant Past

If you love television, chances are that you grew up right alongside some pretty famous families. The Bradys. The Waltons. The Seinfeld gang. And at the very center of all the laughs, the confusion, the sadness, and the touching moments you’ll likely never to forget, are the memorable kitchens in the homes of the families we loved.

Many people still consider the kitchen to be the very heart of the home — for a variety of unique reasons. So let’s take a walk back down memory lane — revisiting the famous TV sitcom kitchens of the past — and highlight what it was about these environments that made them so special.  Plus, consider how their designs have influenced the kitchens of today.

The Brady Bunch: Alice ran a tight ship, feeding and raising a special group of kids

The Brady Bunch was the dominant family-focused sitcom of the 1970s. And in the Brady family kitchen, housekeeper and matriarch Alice Nelson was the master of her domain. The kitchen environment itself was a nod to everything that was great about the 70s. With an open floor plan in the middle class suburban home, the walls were adorned with perfectly fake wood paneling broken up by that memorable kitchen island.

Add to the atmosphere the stainless double oven, and Alice had everything she needed to keep the family eating heartily and running smoothly. The only thing missing? A retro microwave oven from Northstar. Imagine what Alice could have done with 1200 watts of power and capacity of 1.6 cubic feet. We’re talking sensor reheat, genius sensor cook setting, inverter turbo defrost, and a popcorn key.

The Waltons: An All-American tale of just how hard — and sweet — life could be

There’s little denying that the Waltons owned 1960s drama. This All-American family from Walton’s Mountain in Jefferson County, Virginia gave us a glimpse into growing up during one of the nation’s toughest times. And as you might expect, hearts soared and challenges were bested in one of the more memorable kitchen settings in American television history.

The Walton kitchen garnered specific acclaim for its period-appropriate detail — from the matching woodgrain furniture to the woodburning cookstove that anchored this special room. However, swap that out with the Fireview woodburning cookstove and you have a model that still perfectly matches the time period, but adds the convenience of high-efficiency and optional side burners.

Seinfeld: The show about nothing from the smallest kitchen in history

Kitchen space in a New York City apartment is at a premium. And no TV show demonstrated this phenomenon more clearly than the sitcom that dominated the 90s — Seinfeld. The motley crew of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer spent years getting in and out of trouble — shoulder to shoulder in the confines of Jerry’s cramped apartment kitchen. Literally two steps would take you from the fridge to the stove and back. And you could access the microwave halfway through that trip.

One addition to the Seinfeld kitchen that they would have loved might be the Northstar fridge. With six models and eight dynamic colors to choose from, this retro appliance would have done wonders for Jerry’s cool factor — particularly on the few occasions when he entertained a female visitor. And with the addition of a BrewMaster factory-installed draft kit, the boys could have enjoyed cold brews to fuel their insane conversations.

Elmira Stove Works carries several complete lines of antique kitchen appliances to help you capture the look of your favorite TV kitchen. Plus, our brands are equipped with the very latest in cooking technology — which means you’ll never sacrifice the performance you demand for the aesthetics you prefer.


Turn your recreation room into the ‘coolest space on the block’ with a retro fridge with draft beer system

When the neighborhood bar scene gets old. When your bar buddies are looking for a place to gather. When the big game is on. You turbo charge your man cave or recreation room by adding a retro fridge with a draft beer system. All of a sudden, yours is the ultimate gathering place for the guys to gather and root for your favorite team.

Most people have pretty much the same basement setup. Flat screens. Couches. Maybe even a bar area. But what gives your place the ultimate edge is your keg fridge — with its exciting mid-century modern aesthetic and factory-installed draft beer system. Although this fridge almost sells itself, let’s run down some of the benefits of this unique addition to any serious beer lover’s play area.

1952_BREWCRWe start with the keg fridge, in all its
retro glory

The fridge itself — even without the draft beer system — is the pinnacle of coolness. These Northstar models are uniquely appointed with the smooth lines and dangerous curves that have given Northstar its reputation for being a cut above the rest.

There are six models available in nine standard colors, or match your team’s colors with an unlimited selection of custom colors.

We move to the draft beer system, with cold ones on tap

So, great, you have your fridge… But it isn’t long before having to open the door to grab your cold beers gets a bit old. And then you have to get the cap off the beer or flip the tab. It’s so much work, and you’ve got a game to focus on! Wouldn’t it be great if you had a draft system that lets you draw your beer just like at your favorite neighborhood watering hole? Well, now you can.

Say “hello” to the Northstar fridge with a factory-installed draft beer system. It comes complete with all the necessary accessories, including:

  • Through-the-door tap dispenser
  • Retro flame splashback
  • Drip tray
  • Coupler & connections
  • CO2 cylinder
  • Just add beer!

The real benefits for those who need more convincing

If a retro-cool refrigerator with draft beer system isn’t enough to get you to pull out your bank card and order right now, we thought perhaps we’d make a short list of some real benefits of adding the Northstar and BrewMaster teams to your man cave, recreation room or finished basement.

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The envy factor. One look at your game-day setup and your buddies will definitely want to hang out with you — heck, they might even want to be you (on game days, that is).

The safety factor. No more trying to navigate your way home on the roads from the neighborhood bar after a few cold ones — just walk upstairs to your bedroom when the game is over – and leave your buddies on the couch!

The spouse factor. If you decide to have a couple of beers after work, your spouse won’t have to look for you or go too far to find you.

The babysitter factor. For those beer lovers with kids, you won’t have to get a babysitter the next time you have a sudden urge to watch the game, eat wings and drink beer.

Elmira combines the ultra hip Northstar fridge with a factory-installed BrewMaster draft system. We’re ready to help you make your buddies jealous the instant they enter your recreation room… with the ultimate keg fridge.


The (Welcome) Revenge of Vintage: Transforming Your Home & Kitchen Spaces with Antique Appliances

There’s just something about vintage styling that makes folks feel at home. Especially in the kitchen, smart-looking antique appliances are dazzling additions to virtually any decorating theme. If you’d like to embrace your own vintage obsession, this primer on available styles, colors, and options will help get you started. Because vintage will have its revenge.

In a tech-driven world that values the ‘latest and greatest’, it’s comforting to know that antique home decor holds timeless appeal. There’s something in us that yearns to be reminded of our past — of the home we grew up, or perhaps a visit to our grandparents’ home, in when times were simpler. One way to satisfy that innate need is to transform your kitchen space with nostalgic styling using antique appliances.

Antique appliance options that form the base of your new kitchen style

The first question you’re perhaps asking yourself is: ‘What are the possibilities?’ You’ll be surprised at the choices you have when equipping your kitchen with these pieces. Also, vintage appliances will form the basis for the rest of your design, which makes them that much more important.

Antique appliances that feature vintage designs include:

  • Self-cleaning ovens
  • Convection ovens for faster, even, precise baking and broiling
  • Programmable ovens for baking and self-clean
  • Warmer drawers
  • Frost-free fridges
  • Ice makers
  • Large functional freezers
  • Filtered cold water dispensers

ELMIRA TOP TIP:  Whether you’re simply accenting an existing style — or you’re building a fresh look from the flooring up — each appliance category offers a variety of options that fit your lifestyle. Elmira appliance experts can help you to determine your specific needs and then select appliances that meet those requirements.

Vintage color options to add flair to your appliance selections

Perhaps the most inviting element of these antique appliance options is the palette of colors that bring back the rich tones of simpler times. Your kitchen will become a welcomed break from the ‘more-is better’ neon assault on the eyes. Instead, your home space will be filled with soothing shades that invite long, luxurious dinners and lingering conversation.

Elmira offers the following colors to choose from as you assemble your dream vintage kitchen space:

Antique (1850’s):

  • Textured black
  • Cayenne pepper red
  • Liberty blue
  • White
  • Bisque
  • Black/White
  • Black/ Bisque

ELMIRA TOP TIP: Your Elmira appliance expert is trained to help you select the set of colors that will complete your new design theme. If you’d like some help, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to offer suggestions. Or, you can check out color options on our website.

Elmira Antique appliances offer yesterday’s designs with tomorrow’s technology

When we say vintage appliances, we’re not talking about ‘old’. We mean the latest cooling and cooking technologies housed inside a smart-looking, nod-to-the-1890’s-or-1950’s styled appliance. All the look and feel of ‘the good old days’ — but with the performance and durability of today’s technology.

Here are just a few of the technologies you can expect from your vintage appliances:

  • Programmable delayed bake
  • High-performance gas burners
  • High-speed radiant elements
  • True convection ovens
  • Two-cubic-foot warmers
  • 10 power levels (microwaves)
  • Turbo-defrost (microwaves)
  • Five-stage programmable cooking (microwaves)
  • Energy Star efficiency (fridges)
  • Auto-defrost (fridges)

Whether you’re cooking for four of forty — your Elmira vintage appliances offer the durability and performance you’d expect in a state-of-the-art appliance.

ELMIRA TOP TIP: The Elmira website has all of the information and specifications you need to help design your new kitchen space — including downloadable, printable model-specific user’s manuals with complete listings of features and functions.

Elmira Stove Works is your headquarters for antique-style appliances. We fuse technology and style into a robust collection of quality, durable refrigeration and cooking appliances. To recreate these looks for your own kitchen, to check pricing, or to learn more, visit to

Be a ‘Man on Fire’ for your wife with tips, tricks and recipes that turn Mother’s Day into Mother’s Month

Gentlemen. Dudes. Bros. The Elmira blog is about to get. Very. Very. Real. The info we’re about to share with you could have a serious impact on your happiness — or lack thereof — for the rest of the year. Ignore us and prepare for months of cold shoulders, sideways glances and general unrest. Listen to us — follow our lead — and you’re likely to enjoy the peace and contentment that only a properly executed Mother’s Day celebration can bring. Yup…we told you things are about to get real. It’s Mother’s Day Month!

Your wife is awesome. Maybe she gave you children. She puts up with your foolishness. It’s time for you and the kiddos to team up and give her the respect and recognition she deserves. (And yeah, we’re absolutely sucking up. Our moms read this blog too.) The great news is that it doesn’t take much to knock this special holiday out of the park. Just a little bit of effort — that’s on you — and some timely advice — which we’ve got covered for you here — and your wife will be telling all her friends that maybe she didn’t mess up after all when she decided to give you a home. (Just saying…)

ELMIRA PRO TIP #1: Your wife will tell you in the weeks before Mother’s Day: ‘You don’t have to do anything special. Mother’s Day is the same as any other day. It’s no big deal. Seriously. You don’t have to give me anything.’ This is a trap, guys, designed to lull the unwary, uber-literal man who can’t read minds into false complacency. Fall for this trick and she might literally kill you — okay, maybe not literally – but she might at least remind you of it every day forever.

Mother’s Day pregame starts May 1 — every day closer is another day wasted

More good news, boys. The quality of the Mother’s Day extravaganza — that incidentally will determine the quality of your life for the rest of the year — typically has nothing to do with the amount of money you spend. It’s all about forethought, effort and game day behavior. An expensive gift is nice, but not necessary. Here’s what to do instead.

Start with fresh flowers. Not ones that you pull from your neighbor’s yard, “borrow” from a local church garden, or — for your own physical well-being — ones that are fake. Drop a 20-spot at your local florist or grocery store for some actual smell-good flowers wrapped in attractive tissue paper or dropped in a vase. Extra points if they’re her favorite kind or in her favorite colors.

Store-bought cards are ok, but not the best. Drop another $20 on art supplies. We’re talking construction paper, glue, glitter, markers, paint pens, yarn, etc. Then, get the kids (it’s time these little free-loaders started earning their keep, right guys?) and kick off a four-alarm card making session in the basement (for privacy). No basement? Your team operates in the bathroom — no complaints.

ELMIRA PRO TIP #2: If you hook-slide your car into the parking lot of the local gas station on Mother’s Day morning in search of gifts and cards that might save the day, you will be terribly disappointed. You will return home with Snicker’s bars, $2 Merlot with a twist-off cap, a gallon of windshield wiper fluid, and some scratch-off lottery tickets. These, an acceptable Mother’s Day symbol do not make. No sympathy from Elmira. You should have started planning May 1 like we told you.

Mother’s Day starts the second you wake up — not five minutes after

Trust us when we say this. Open your eyes, kiss your wife and tell her how much you love her, call your own mom and say the same, wake and assemble the kids, and get your behind down to the kitchen. Do those things in order and immediately or the day might be unrecoverable. Because Mother’s Day starts when the sun rises. If not, she’ll think you’ve forgotten.

Unless, that is, you have one of those wives that enjoys sleeping in. If this is the case, allow her to do so. It’s your job to stare dutifully into her face while she sleeps until the exact moment she opens her eyes. This could take hours. Doesn’t matter. Just do it.

While the kids are screaming, dropping egg shells into the yolk, and covering the dogs in flour, simply fire up your Elmira Stove Works pro-style range and create this simple, delightful brunch-style quiche.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 8 oz. Gruyere, grated (that’s a type of cheese, dude)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 frozen piecrust in a tin

Heat oven to 375° F.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook onions 5 to 7 minutes. Add parsley and cook, covered, for 2 more minutes.

Whisk together the eggs and half-and-half. Stir in the Gruyere, nutmeg and onion mixture.

Place piecrust on a foil-lined baking sheet. Scrape egg mixture into the piecrust. Bake until filling is set and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.

ELMIRA PRO TIP #3: Tailor this quiche to her tastes by adding in a handful of chopped cooked ham or sautéed vegetables when you add the cheese. Remember, fellas, it’s all about her today. Resist the ingrained male urge to add pulled pork barbeque, blood-rare steak, shelled pistachio nuts or light beer. We understand that’s how you’re programmed — just not today.

The rest of the Mother’s Day rules — ignore them at your own peril

As for the rest of the Mother’s Day rules and regulations, they’re pretty much standard operating procedure for what you would expect of a day on which you’re not the center. (After this list, continue reading to discover how to return things to a natural order once Mother’s Month is over.)

  1. You may not watch TV, look at your mobile phone or stay in the bathroom longer than a few minutes.
  2. You may not permit your wife to do any housework, talk about housework or even think about housework. (Yes, she expects you to know what she is thinking.)
  3. Like brunch, dinner is on you — either to be cooked yourself or, if you eat out, to decide where to take her.
  4. You may not work in the yard — your grass should have been mowed and edged before Mother’s Day. (Remember…May 1, son).

When you’ve officially survived Mother’s Month unscathed and with reputation intact, come back to Elmira for the must-have appliances to outfit your ultimate man cave. From keg fridges to retro microwaves to custom air-brushed fridges, we offer a unique line of specialty appliances that will congratulate you on a Mother’s Day well-done and restore life to its intended balance — which means making everything all about you again. Kidding. But not kidding.

And take heart – once you’ve reached the end of May… it’s only 18 days until Father’s Day!

Spring colors explode on the kitchen scene — creating designs that are ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’

You prepare sumptuous meals. You gather with family and friends. You rehash the day’s events. You plan for what comes next. The American kitchen has earned its place as the most storied, “grounding” room in the house.

Which is why — every new spring season — homeowners race to fill the space with the newest in spring colors to revitalize and renew following the drab winter months. And, as always, Elmira has its finger on the pulse of “tasty” spring color designs you should consider.

1947_BY_FULLCommon shades of white and slate give colors the chance to pop

We’ll start with spring kitchen color possibilities. Granted, not every homeowner feels the need to turn their kitchens into bold palettes of color; some prefer to tiptoe into the world of color. If that’s you, there are still plenty of opportunities to allow colors to pop off of a more traditional neutral background.

For example, award-winning residential architect Gil Shafer of G.P. Schafer Architect, PLLC, loves the power of painting the interior kitchen cabinets for a striking look. Shafer recommends starting with a clean white or off-white primary color and then painting the cabinet insides with an adventurous complimentary color — think of a shade that will highlight a beautiful china set or other kitchen design accessory.

Confident colors and bold placements are all the spring rage in 2017

So, exactly which colors will take their places in kitchen designs and redesigns this coming spring? Well, we’re glad you are confident enough to ask—because confidence is the color theme for this new and vibrant season. Check out the shades that will make the scene:

  • Buttercup yellow. We’re talking a wholesome, welcoming look that isn’t as risky as lemon yellow, yet still delivers an unmistakable feeling of relaxation every time you walk into the kitchen.
  • Robin’s Egg blue. Not blue as in sadness, but blue as in the delicate layers of an egg — guaranteed to inspire your friends and family into a new dynamic.
  • Mineral gray. This darker shade is perfect for the traditionalist looking to go with a bold color while keeping things close to the cuff.
  • Mint green. Nothing freshens a room into an ode to nature than this lighter shade of green — a green that’s just waiting to be paired with a rich beige.
  • Pastel pink. Yes, we said it — a boldly pink kitchen area. It’s feminine. It’s delicate. And, it really just makes you feel good to prepare sumptuous meals while bathed in pink.

Spring is in the details — which is why new appliances make a difference

The secret to a truly unique spring color redesign for your kitchen is to extend your experimentation past the walls, cabinets, and countertops. Every kitchen redesign project covers those areas. However, not enough homeowners colorize the kitchen with the next largest surface area — the appliances.

Consider selecting ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, microwaves, and dishwasher panels that feature explosive color and design elements. Extending your design to these pieces will be what kicks your results up from ordinary to extraordinary.

If you’re ready to give your kitchen a spring makeover that will turn heads, Elmira has what you need to get it done. Our unique lines of kitchen appliances are bathed in the fresh spring colors you’re looking for to complete a truly dramatic redesign. Call us today at 800-295-8498 to speak to one of our experts.

8 ultimate man cave ideas to transform any space into an official March Madness headquarters

So, you’ve decided to host this year’s March Madness party. Your wife gave you a strict warning about greasy chicken wing stains on her living room carpet. The only viable alternative? Turn your basement or bonus room into the ultimate man cave. You’re on a tight time frame and a strict budget but, if you don’t get it all done in time for this year’s games, you’ll have a great head start for next year.

Inviting spaces + quirky furnishings = serious man cave

The true man cave is a statement of your own personality and style. It’s the one room in the home, other than maybe the dog house occasionally! – that a guy can call his own. From furniture to appliances, this space is a reflection of the man who calls it his home inside his home.

When it comes to design and layout, the ultimate man cave is serious business. You build your  man’s reputation with the creation of spaces and unique features that entertain, amuse and energize.

Here are 8 tips to help you get it done!

And now, without further ado — let’s get on with the list

  1. Choosing the right theme. Sports bar? Mountain or outdoor? Card/pool parlor? Beach club? Race track? The ultimate man cave features a prominent theme that guides the look and feel of appliances and furniture. The theme reflects the hobbies and interests of the host.
  2. TV/viewing arrangement. The TV is the very heart of the ultimate man cave. Select a respectable flat screen (may we suggest that bigger is definitely better?) and then create an optimal viewing arrangement of couches, and recliners in a semi-circular or theater-type configuration. If you can score some vintage seats from a local arena refurb or demolition, all the better.
  3. Video gaming stations. During the course of the March Madness evening, a video game tourney will most likely break out. Set your auxiliary TV in an area away from — but close to — the main viewing area. Keep the gamers out of the line of site (“Hey, sit down!”), but still part of the action.
  4. Bar / beverage area. The service area holds infinite opportunity for personalization. Mini-bars come in wood, steel, or concrete designs — and are always stocked with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and the necessary “accoutrements” (you know, “accoutrements” – a fancy French word for pizza, wings, tacos, etc.).
  5. Table gaming stations. Bragging rights during breaks in the March Madness tournament are vigorously exchanged. Set aside an area for various gaming tables — billiards, cards, air hockey, etc. You can also throw down an interior golf putting green for the golf fanatics in your crowd.
  6. Unique appliances for refreshments. Think specialty refrigerators for that keg in your life. And, a retro microwave is perfect for reheating cold pizza leftover from the day before. Not that leftover pizza needs reheating.
  7. Man-inspired decorations. Extend the man cave theme with a selection of manly wall decor and lighting options. From framed athletic jerseys and autographed prints to cinder block bookshelves, there is a wide array of DIY decorating ideas that take little more than some basic materials and inspiration to create.
  8. Bathroom amenities. Nothing interrupts a great March Madness game like the call of nature. Installing a bathroom nearby keeps those interruptions to a minimum—particularly if there is a great deal of eating or drinking involved in the festivities.

Follow this guide step-by-step—or use it to inspire your own man cave creations. Either way, you’ll have your friends talking about your March Madness get-together long after the glow of the party has worn off.

Elmira is your one-stop shop for the must-have appliances to outfit your ultimate man cave. From keg fridges to retro microwaves to woodburning cookstoves, we offer a unique line of specialty appliances that are as functional as they are remarkable, to leave a lasting impression on your March Madness guests.


Through the fire: Origins and History of the Woodburning Cookstove

From its roots as an 18th-century innovation to a kitchen essential and creative catalyst, the woodburning cookstove boasts multinational origins, world-renowned developers, and revolutionary efficiency. And as the cookstove enters something of a renaissance, Elmira Stove Works leads the way with enhanced styling and performance of this appliance icon.

Focusing the flames

The wood burner comes from humble beginnings in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region of northeastern France. The first woodburning cookstove patent was established in 1557 in the city of Strasbourg.

In the earliest stages, these stoves were considered luxury items, due to the expense of materials. It would take the arrival of the Industrial Revolution — some two centuries later — to make iron affordable enough for the wood cookstove to spread in availability and popularity.

The design was simple and sensible: a closed, solid cast iron or steel fire chamber atop a ceramic base with an adjustable mechanism for air control. This mechanism, the damper, allowed the user to adjust the amount of air feeding the fire, thereby controlling the heat output and fuel consumption. Fueling the fire was wood fuel — such as firewood, charcoal, chips, sheets, and sawdust — or, later, wood-derived biomass material — such as wood pellets (lending it the pseudonym ‘pellet stove’).

A restored 18th century farmhouse in the Dordogne region of France (Photo courtesy of Style-Files)

Advancements in America

In the 1740s, the woodburning cookstove received a series of enhancements at the hands of politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin. His design added a hollow baffle to the rear of the stove that subsequently increased heat intensity and slowed smoke circulation.

Despite the fact that he refused to officially patent it, Franklin’s version has retained many of its original features throughout the years — including the ‘Franklin stove’ designation.

As the general understanding of the chimney concept improved in the late 18th century, the addition of the slanted fireback and adjustable flue damper allowed the wood burner to be operated in smaller spaces. When Philo Stewart patented the Oberlin stove in 1834, sales boomed across the United States and Europe.

An 1807 museum house with woodburning cookstove (Photo courtesy of Historic New England)

Beyond the growing pains

The development and eventual legacy of the woodburning cookstove was not without its challenges. Ironically, the surging popularity of the appliance revealed its inadequacies.

As the public looked to stoves as a main heating source during the oil crises of the 1970s, air pollution became more of a concern; as did potential fire hazards and the amount of wood required to operate the stoves. Another round of innovation and redesign eventually created a new generation of much more efficient models that featured lower levels of pollution and longer burn times.

From the past, we see the future

With a connection to vintage appliances dating back four decades, Elmira Stove Works stands as a thought leader and tireless champion of style, performance, and innovation in the industry. We began in 1975 in Elmira, Ontario with the Findlay Oval cookstove, eventually expanding into a full line of gas and electric ranges while developing relationships with retail businesses across the continent.

Since that time, Elmira has come to symbolize the finest in vintage-styled appliances to meet every home environment. Elmira has built a world-class portfolio of product offerings that boast leading-edge technologies in that signature 1800’s or 1950’s vintage-inspired styling.

And as Elmira looks ahead, the brand will continue its mission of enhancing product style and performance, while maintaining authenticity and craftsmanship.

Antique-styled woodburning cookstoves from Elmira Stove Works

New Year “Revolutions”

The New Year brings about a clean slate, a sense of hope, and motivation to take on new and exciting initiatives. Resolutions often come and go… so why not plan for something you can commit to, like a New Year’s “revolution”, instead? One way many people embrace this time is by giving their kitchen a mini-makeover that doesn’t break the budget. Let’s explore some ideas on how you can make your dream a reality.

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint does wonders for a kitchen. Whether on the walls or the cabinets, a little bit of paint goes a long way. This one-day project is affordable, fun, and highly effective in breathing new life into your kitchen. Painting your cabinets requires more work than painting the walls, but if you want the ultimate kitchen makeover, make a whole weekend of it and paint everything! Painting the walls a neutral color, like Sherwin Williams’ 2017 color of the year, Poised Taupe, and the cabinets a lighter shade, makes for a stunning, modern look.


Dishwasher Panels

If you’re looking for a project that requires less time than painting, switching out the panel on your panel-ready dishwasher is the perfect project for you.  Our Model 1957 panel picture1will enhance any retro lover’s kitchen. This pop of color in a modern kitchen will establish
a new focal point, and adding it to an existing retro-inspired kitchen, enhances the
authenticity even more.  The Northstar panel fits most 24-inch wide fully integrated dishwashers that accept panels. You get the look and feel of a brand new dishwasher without having to actually purchase one!

New Hardware

Small details are the cornerstone of incredible design. The big picture is important, but the details turn the big picture into a work of art.  Something as simple as installing new knobs and pulls on your cabinets can do a lot for the kitchen. If you paint your cabinets and add new hardware, it will totally transform the space! Opt for vintage-looking knobs and handles, for a unique retro look, or try something with clean lines that are a fit for a more modern style.  This project is also fun because finding the perfect hardware can be a great adventure. You can explore countless possibilities without having to spend big bucks. It’s also a project that requires very little effort in regards to installation so if you have a lot of motivation but not a lot of free time, this simple project is a great fit.

Hoods & Splashbacks

If functionality is one of the driving forces behind your new year’s “revolution”, look no further than new splashbacks and hoods.


From extra light to ventilation, a quality hood goes a long way. A splashback, while not a necessity, is also useful. It protects the walls from cooking grease, soap and water, food splashes, and whatever else could potentially compromise the aesthetics of your wall.  Splashbacks also add a nice design element to your dream kitchen.

With three different hood models (Model 1961, Model 1962, and Model 1963) there are hoods to fit your design style and preference. If your hood is wall-mounted, we also make a Model 1960 Duct Cover that fills the gap between the hood and the ceiling, maintaining a flow to the design. Tie it all together with the Model 1944 splashback and your kitchen mini-makeover will be beautiful and efficient.  As with all Elmira products, there are a variety of standard colors, and unlimited custom colors available.

Giving your kitchen a mini-makeover for the New Year doesn’t have to be expensive and incredibly time consuming. These products are budget friendly, easy to install, and most importantly, will help you kick off the New Year in style. So this year, join us in rejecting resolutions and instead embrace “revolutions.”  Happy redecorating!

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Holiday Gifts for the Cook

From exotic meals to yummy comfort food, we have no doubt the chef in your life is constantly going above and beyond to keep you full and happy. The ability to cook up great dishes gives them the opportunity to share with the people they love most. To repay them for all that they do for you, the holiday season is the perfect time to show how much they you appreciate them. This year, we’ve put together a short list of gifts that are unique and sure to please.

Homemade and Full of Love

For a gift that tugs at the heart strings, look no further than framing handwritten recipes from mom or grandma. This DIY gift is easy to put together. Start by hand-writing a few of their best recipes on scrapbook paper, and then mount each one in a unique frame. This beautiful, sentimental gift is one that just keeps on giving; a quick glance at the recipes will bring a smile to any chef’s face, and adds a very personal touch to the kitchen. With a thoughtful gift like this, your holiday guests will be asking how they can implement this in their own kitchens.


Elmira Stove Works Appliances

A vintage-styled appliance with modern amenities is the dream gift for many great cooks. Give the chef in your life the ultimate holiday gift by helping them bring their dream kitchen to life with Elmira Stove Works appliances. With so many beautiful options to choose from, picking the perfect style and color will be the hardest part! If you want to try before you buy, design your dream kitchen here. From there, you’ll be able to have an idea of how the appliances and color options will fit in the space. You’ll even be able to change the cabinet colors to match your desired look. There are so many options, from the brand new 36-inch six-burner range, to keg fridges, and even antique ranges. Still having a hard time deciding on an appliance? Find a dealer near you and they’ll help to ensure that you find the perfect appliances for the ultimate kitchen.

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Wine Club/Box Subscription

The picture is familiar: there’s music playing throughout the house, a fire burning, while the smell of something delicious fills the air, and a glass of wine sits on the counter. Great food and great wine go hand-in-hand. If the chef in your life enjoys a nice glass of wine, think no further than a subscription to a wine-of-the-month club. Masters of the kitchen will not only be able to taste different wines, but can also incorporate them into their recipes. Making a little shrimp scampi? Use a white wine to add flavor to the signature dish.  Each month when the wine arrives, the chef in your life will be sure to think of you, and if you’re lucky, they’ll share!