How much does a free potbelly stove really cost?

We have been blessed with great neighbours. One in particular has really helped us out.  After long hours spent on ebay and gumtree we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we would have to shell out about $800 to get a half decent wood heater installed. Then we scored one for free from one of our neighbours thanks to some detective work of ours. “Do you know who owns that old rusty potbelly in the shed behind the ‘white house’?”

It was very rusted and in three parts.

J spent a few weeks restoring it – and it looks so beautiful now. It’s an old Masport Oregon which has two burners on the top for cooking on (think big pots of soup and endless cups of tea).


We also managed to scavenge some parts of the flue kit from another neighbour and bought some other parts 2nd hand (and some new).

All up we’ve spent:

  • $44 at a local engineering place getting a pin put in the door and cutting out some rusted joins that were preventing it from being put back together in one piece.
  • $125 on replacement Masport pieces (a baffle, drop in grate and ash pan) from Pivot Stove and Heating. This included postage.
  • $280 for half a flue kit which was made up of some new and some 2nd hand pieces.
  • $60ish on stove cement and polish.

All up about $500! Not so free after all….

But it’s in and we LOVE it. It warms our house and our selves in a way that no other type of heating can. Something about the glow of a wood heater can’t be beaten.  And with all the trees we need to clear and those that will remain we will never want for fire wood.


The installation went smoothly enough (although there is a bit of an extra hole in the ceiling that needs to be patched (oops)) and the first pot of chicken soup off the range was delicious.

Chimney not quite straight yet in this photo...
Chimney not quite straight yet in this photo…

9 thoughts on “How much does a free potbelly stove really cost?

  1. Hey that’s great Tamar and John!! Great that you were able to save it, nice to keep warm and think that you restored it yourselves too. Can’t wait to have a cuppa at your place!

  2. Thanks Jenn, and any time! My brother gave us a cast iron kettle too, soon to be permanently bubbling on the top. 1 part blackstrap mollasses to 10 parts water = best rust remover 🙂

  3. Hi there! I just stumbled across a Masport Oregon pot belly in a very sad state. I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about the restoration process. I would love to get it up and running again. 🙂 Cheers.

  4. ” Something about the glow of a wood heater can’t be beaten.” Hi….I,ve had one of these stoves for 16 years now….I remember being told when it was fitted, never to let it glow red. Something about the danger of the cast iron cracking i think.

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