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How To > Food & Food Packaging > Open Hearth Cooking

Open Hearth, Campfire & Period Cookstove Cooking:

Cooking in the Summer Kitchen,
Bushong Farm , May 2003

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Hearth Equipment & Iron Cooking Pots:

  • Rumford Fireplaces - reproduction cooking fireplaces, with or without bread ovens
  • Ball & Ball -- carried fireplace cranes & trammels & a clockwork spit
  • Historic Housefitters -- apparently carries fireplace cranes, "tin kitchens" and other implements. Although their website doesn't show the full catalog, there is a hard copy available.
  • Ironman Forge, based in Florida, has some really good-looking trivets, an actual gridiron (hard to find item), ladles, etc, cooking tripods and S-hooks. They are going to be at the Gettysburg reenactment. They also have some incorrect "reenactor gear", so shop carefully.
  • James Townsend & Company -- Rev War sutler that carries good dutch ovens, cast iron cookpots and cauldrons. Avoid the sugar cones -- they are dark Mexican sugar wrapped in corn husks -- not appropriate for mid 19th c.


  • The Village Tinsmith --- the Hoovers attend many of the big events and have great stuff, including various cooking pots / kettles, coffee and tea pots, excellent buckets, etc. All items are safe and use lead free solder.
  • Richmonville Tinware -- Another very high quality supplier -- coffee pots, a "tin kitchen", cooking pots, etc
  • Old Sturbridge Village Giftshop -- Really great looking tin cannisters. Ironwork section has the usual S-hooks, etc but don't get their trivets -- they are the tabletop kind, not tall enough for cooking.

Utility Dishes / Mixing Bowls / Crocks / Glassware, etc:

  • Henderson's Redwares -- REALLY good looking reproduction redware and Rockingham.
  • Tuckahoe Trading Co. -- Offerings include redware and other earthenware, 18th-19th c glassware, and a very nice set of repro 18th / early 19th c bellows.
  • Dog River Glassworks -- repro pickle bottles, food bottles, all sorts of great stuff
  • Sugar Tree Country Store, McDowell, VA -- has a very nice line of reproduction yellowware bowls, etc. Our co-organizers for the McDowell reenactment -- say hi to Jim and Lorraine White (proprietors) if you visit.
  • Old Sturbridge Village Giftshop -- Nice redware, tin cannisters, etc. Don't get the trivets -- they are the tabletop kind, not tall enough for cooking.
  • GooseBay Workshops focuses on 18th century but many of their items would still be appropriate for 19th century. They carry kettles, glassware and a variety of other items
  • Julia Smith, Reproduction Potter -- Delftware, stoneware, redware --very good quality

"Old Time" General Stores for Misc. Supplies:

  • Lehmans -- great online catalogue for "old timey" stuff, some of which is ok for our period and some of which is not. If you know what you're looking for, this place is great.
  • Vermont Country Store -- same as Lehman's, only often with less info on which period the item is appropriate for. Great stuff, but shop carefully.
  • Cumberland General Store -- same as for Lehman's and Vermont Country Store -- good general line of "old timey" stuff, some of which works for our era and some of which doesnt.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Open Hearth Cooking Techniques & Implements