Fuller, Warren & Co. Stoves

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Fuller, Warren & Co. was a major manufacturer of stoves in Troy, at a time when the Capital District was the national center of stove making. This billhead from The Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery shows their riverfront factory in Troy. The works, originally Johnson, Cox & Fuller, and known as the Clinton Foundry, was along the river between Madison and Monroe Streets, an industrial area just below the Poestenkill. Their offices and showroom were at 257 River Street, in the Monument Square area.

They held the patents of Philo Stewart, who had perfected the cast iron kitchen cooking stove in 1838, and sold their stoves as “Stewart’s Air-Tight” summer and winter cooking stoves. As a leader in the industry, they were wary of having their stoves copied outright — so wary that they presented on their billhead this admonition: “For use as a manufactured article and not as a pattern to cast from.” So be warned!

The company went out of business in 1934, and its last president, William H. Warren, died in 1951.

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  1. 66thomp

    I have a 1928 Combination Stewart stove from Fuller Warren Co. It is in French Grey and is in good condition and works great. I am trying to get more info about it. I am also looking at possibly selling it to someone that would take care of it. I have done some research but not a lot of info out there. Can you please help or guide me to someone that could. Thanks Stephanie

  2. Carl

    Hmm. Not sure. Part of it may depend on where you are, as they’re not tremendously shippable! I can certainly post on the local history sites and see if anyone is looking for one. I recently had someone looking for parts but it was from a different stove.

  3. Carl

    Other questions about the locally made stoves I’ve directed to the Albany Institute of History and Art, which has an extensive stove collection, or perhaps the Rensselaer County Historical Society. I don’t know if the people asking have gotten their answers there, but those are the first places I’ve thought of.

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  5. Ellen Ohina

    My husband mother passed away and in her kitchen she has a Fuller and Warren cook stove. It has six burners swarming oven above that says Stewart and an oven below that says Ideal Stewart. I would like some info on it and what the value of it is. She cooked on it but it was mostly used for heat. Thank you for the help in advance it is greatly appreciated.
    Ellen Ohina

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      Carl Johnson

      Afraid I don’t know anything about the value of anything — one challenge with these stoves is their extreme weight, so unless you find someone who really wants it nearby it’s hard to say what one might sell for. I’d suggest contacting the Rensselaer County Historical Society and/or the Albany Institute of History and Art, both of which have some of these in their collection as noted in this story from the Times-Union.

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