New Perfection Stove
The New perfection stove appeared in newspapers across the country in 1907 through the 1950’s. We will take a look at a few from the early years. The company actually started by making gas heaters in 1888. The New York Tribune regularly tested home appliances and published their results in their newspaper. Kind of like an early consumer reports.
Here is an article that appeared for Model 32 of the New Perfection Stove in 1919.
A Perfection Oil Stove, With Oven, Broiler and Toaster – For that suburban house where there is no gas and electricity is high (or is not), or for anybody’s summer or winter camp or shack, there is just one kind of a cooking stove to have, and the New Perfection is an excellent example of the type. A good kerosene stove safely constructed, with easily adjusted wicks, does quick, clean, odorless work, and leaves no troublesome residue of ashes and soot.
Hear a vintage Cream of Wheat commercial below –
The model tested in the Institute had two burners, but one, three or four burners may be had. No. 32, with two burners, has a black japanned steel frame standing 30 ¾ inches high and occupying a floor space 33 by 17 inches. Each burner has a brass wick tube with a stem valve, a flame spreader, a ring wick, and a blue enameled steel chimney with a mica floor, through which the height of the flame can be seen and controlled.
At the side is a one-gallon glass tank to hold the kerosene. This is equipped with an automatic feeding valve regulating the supply to the burners. The tank rests in a black japanned steel holder, which is hinged so that it can be reversed for filling.
Speed and Cost of Operation – To demonstrate quickness of operation, a quart of water was heated in a covered enameled pan. The temperature increased from 70 degrees to 200 degrees F. in ten minutes with a full flame, and the water boiled in eleven minutes. On an average gas flame, turned on full, 200 degrees is reached in 5.5 minutes, and in six minutes water boils. On the radiant type electric elements the times, under the same conditions, were 16 and 17 minutes, respectively.
The test on cost of operation showed that about one-half pint of kerosene was consumed per burner an hour with flame on full. In other words, the cost for fuel would be a little less than one cent an hour for each burner, with kerosene at 16 cents a gallon.
The warming cabinet and shelf, the portable oven, the toaster and the broiler transform the simple oil stove of ye olden days into a complete cook stove on which very edible results were obtained with little time, trouble or expense.
Some more typical ads for the New Perfection Stove in the early 1900’s –
NEW PERFECTION WICK BLUE FLAME Oil COOK STOVE and have a comfortable kitchen. Its principle of concentrated heat at the burners prevents the kitchen from overheating so that the work can be done in comfort never before experienced.
The NEW PERFECTION is the oil stove of new principle and direction. It is built like a modern steel range being the only oil stove made with Cabinet top including to drop shelves on which the coffee pot or teapot may be placed after removing from burner. Shelves fold back when not in use. Also two nickeled towel racks. The commodious top shelf of the Cabinet provides a means for warming plates and keep food warm after it is cooked. All this makes the NEW PERFECTION a stove of unusual convenience It does anything and everything any other stove will do regardless of fuel. Whether for heating the wash boiler or cooking a large meal the New Perfection is without equal. Ready at moment of lighting. Can be turned high medium low or out as required another decided advantage over the coal or wood stove. Makes no dust or dirt. Makes the kitchen no longer a room to dread. Made in three sizes. Can be had either with or with out Cabinet.
Here is that same ad after being digitally restored and made into a vintage appliance print over at Zazzle –
New Perfection Advertisement – 1913 – The Bennington Evening Banner