AGM, King-Seeley, & Thermos stoves

American Camp Stove No. 1,
made by the American Gas Machine Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota,
was advertised in Catalogue 22, circa 1917.
"...'the furnace in a bucket'...produces an intensely hot flame...
and is especially popular with the carnival and amusement trade
for warming pits, for lunch stands, as a candy cooker, etc."
This model, in James "smitty" Smith's collection, weighs 15 lbs. and holds 1 gallon of gasoline.


American Portable Stove No. 2
appears in AGM Catalog 22 circa 1917.
The generator requires preheating;
the generator is equipped with a tip cleaner.
This stove is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.


Kerokook Stove No. 5 is in Catalog 27 circa 1923.
The silent burner includes a conical chamber with two air holes;
the orifice is in the bottom of the cone.
The burner design is for gasoline;
the fount capacity is about 1 quart.
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.


The American Gas Machine Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota,
made this Model 20 gasoline fueled stove
with a coil burner, circa 1918.
The fount is pressurized by the burning alcohol above.
This stove, In Joe Pagan's collection, came with the metal container.


AGM Kampkook No. 1 stove appears in AGM Catalog 32, circa 1926.
The cooking surface on this stove, in Bill Ryno's collection, is 10" x 17.5".
The tank hold 1 quart of gasoline, enough to operate both burners for 3 hours.
With cast iron burners, the stove weighs 11 pounds.



This Model 208C Heating Burner also appears in AGM Catalog 32.
It could be mounted where needed; gasoline was supplied through copper tubing.
The 6" diameter burner (lower image) is preheated
with the cup under the generator (upper image).
The angled wire moves a door that regulates the air mixing with the fuel.
This unfired Heating Burner is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.


KampKook Model 3 was made by AGM
in two versions - as seen in Randall Adams' collection
with curved retractable legs and a hinged top (upper image),
and with straight retractable legs fitted in the corners
and a separate top (lower image).
The stove in the lower image is in Mike Morgan's collection.



AGM Made their No. 1 Kampoven in the mid-1920s.
All the parts including the stove, here a Model No. 3,
fit inside the oven for transport.
The two piece windscreen (lower image) also serves as a cover for the oven.
The oven came with baking and frying pans and sold for $5.50.
This oven and stove are in Clayton Heiderich's collection.



The No. 4 stove included a "large warming shelf
and folding windshield protecting flame on three sides.
Windshield folds flat in cover when not in use." (AGM Catalog 27, 1923)
The right windsheld is folded back to see the tank and valve.
The AGM stand with dull nickel finish supports the stove nicely (lower image).
This stove, in Jan Dyke's collection, came with the wrench.


This is an early two burner stove, Kampkook Model 6,
made by the American Gas Machine Co.
The lid (not shown) is detached from the stove when in use.
The separate pump is shown on the pumps page.
This stove is in Brien Page's collection.


AGM Kampkook Model 9 is the same construction as Model 3 above
but the case is made of brass rather than steel.
Tom Talburt, whose collection this is in,
found no evidence that it had ever been painted.
The stove tag has a patent date of 1921 and it appears in a 1923 catalog,
where it was advertised as "Especially recommended
for use near the seacoast."




The No. 7 stove appeared in a 1924 magazine ad.
It featured folding windscreens as did the No. 10 below.
This model requires preheating using the fuel cup
below the master burner (right, in the middle image).
The tank top on models of this era had a built-in funnel (lower image)
This stove is in Greg Rubin's collection.


The Model 8 stove dates to the mid-1920s.
It is distinguished by a built-on pump on the tank
and an integral oven.
Note the heat diffuser that sits on the cast iron grate.
The cooking surface is 19 1/2" x 10 1/2".
This stove is in Larry Hillhouse's collection.


Kampkook Model 10 has three burners and a cast iron grates
This stove is in Brien Page's collection.
As Model 6 above, Model 10 was in the 1923 AGM catalog,
and required a separate pump.


The Model 44 Kampkook stove by AGM
appears in a 1930 parts catalogue.
This stove has been in James Davis's family's possession
and was probably purchased new by his father.
It was used on family camping trips until the 1960's
and still operates.


Model 77 Kampkook stove by AGM is similar to the one above
and is in the same 1930 parts catalogue.
This model features an extended pump (from the tank)
similar to Models 277 and 278 lanterns.
This stove is in Ron Lenfield's collection.


AGM probably made this Kook Rite instant lighting stove for Sears circa 1930.
Instant lighting is accomplished by the angled valve wheel
just to the left of the case and over the end of the tank.
Bob Nichols matched the dark green, nearly black original paint to repaint the stove.


Model 15 JiffyKook by AGM shared the fount
that was also used on some of their lamp and lantern models.
This stove appears in the 1930 and later catalogues.
An earlier version of this model had a cast iron burner as on Model 18 below.
While it is a one-burner model it is 9" tall to the top of the burners,
10.5" in diameter at the valve and weighs 7 pounds empty!
George Rocen restored this stove which is in his collection.


AGM Model 18 JiffyKook is very similar to Model 15 above
and came with the same burner as seen here in Cat. No. 40 from the mid 1930's.
The pump and the length/placement of the fuel line after the valve are the only apparent differences
between this model and Model 15.
Drew Meyer restored this stove for his neighbor, Dave Puetz.


AGM Catalog No. 40, circa 1934, identifies this No. 57 KampKook as a 1933 model.
The master burner is on the right;
keys that pass through the front and left side panels operate the other two burners.
The cooking surface is 26 x 10.5".
The legs can be extended an additional 5", to 18" height, as seen in the above image.
Doug Hodder restored this stove that is in his collection.



Model 21 Kitchenkook Junior appears in the same Catalog No. 40
as No 57 above and No. 22 below.
It is instant lighting as described on the badge
on the inside of the lid (lower image).
This stove is in Bill Whitten's collection.


Model 22 ReadyKook by AGM is from the same time period as the preceding models.
This larger model was probably designed for cabin use.
It features a large attached tank
that takes a separate pump that is held by a bracket on the far side of the stove (right).
This restored stove is in Glenn Knapke's collection.


This is American Heating Unit is No. 135, although the stenciling is too faded to read.
(Compare to No. 136 below.)
AGM made these utility burners from the early to mid 1930's
When they were replaced by other models.
This utility burner is in Brad Stephenson's collection.


American Heating Unit No. 136 is the same as No. 135 above
with the addition of lower and upper burner supports
and a cast iron grate.
This utility burner is in James Smith's collection.


This AGM military pocket stove is date stamped 1941.
This early WWII stove has four legs attached to a steel fount.
The fount is repainted.
This stove is in Jason Horne's collection.

(new image)
This AGM military pocket stove
is date stamped 1945, has three legs,
and the sides of the fount are brass.
Compare to the earlier 1941 stove above.

This stove is in Fred Kuntz's collection.


In 1945 AGM also made this medical sterilizing two burner stove for the military.
Here the stove is sitting on top of the combination sterilizing chamber-stove container
for display purposes in the image.
This stove is in Bob Meyer's collection.


AGM made this Model 2422 stove shortly after WWII.
This stove, in Jim MacDougall's collection,
is an instant lighting model with a built-in pump.



Model 2422A has two notable changes from Model 2422 above:
the flat steel legs were changed to wire legs
and the mixing chamber between the two burners
was changed from a tubular casting to a flat sheet metal chamber (lower image).
Mark Richardson, whose collection this is in,
found advertisements for this stove dating to the summer, 1950.


AGM Model 2522 differs from Model 2422 above
in having a different generator that also allows
using leaded gasoline, and a different grate pattern.
Don Ostby got this unfired stove with the instructions
that appear to have a date code of April 1946.


A three burner stove, Model 2534, made by AGM.
This stove is in Brien Page's collection.
This model stove appears in a 1937 Belknap Hardware catalog (Lester).


AGM Kampkook Stove Model 2821 appears in Catalog 52 dated 1938.
The stove, in Glenn Knapke's collection,
is unusual in that it lacks side windscreens
and uses tabs at the back corners of the lid to pivot
and the back edge of the top serves as a stop
to hold the cover in the upright position (right image).


AGM called their 1706 Kabinkook stove Streamlined.
This stove, in Greg Diehl's collection, is described in a 1949 booklet
"Favorite Recipies of Famous Outdoorsmen."
The stove is instant lighting and features a wide, 10 3/4" spread between burners,
each with its own valve and generator.
An optional galley rail could be purchased so it could be used on boats.


AGM SpeediKook Models 6206, left, and 6906, right
are single burner stoves comparable to the Coleman 500 Speed-Master.
Model 6206 is in Craig Seabrook's collection; it appears in a 1956 catalogue.
Model 6906 is in Joe Pagan's collection; it is also stamped SunFlame
and has finial style nuts to hold the grate on the frame base rest
in addition to the windscreen, different hole pattern in the collar and nickel plating.


This three-burner stove is identified as Model LCS-61,
manufactured by American Gas Machine Co.,
Division of Queen Stove Works, Albert Lea, Minnesota.
This stove is in Dave McFarlan's collection.
This stove and the two that follow in this series
date to the mid 1950's (Sund).


Model LCS-61A was made by the same company as above.
This stove, in Brien Page's collection,
differs in having wire legs, rather than block style retracting legs.


KampKook Model LCS-41 is a two burner version
of the above stove models that includes a towel bar.
This stove is in John Stendahl's collection.


This Model LCS-42, in Kyle Sund's collection,
appears in a price list that dates to around 1959.


Model LCS-21 is a similar two-burner stove to Model LCS-41 above
except that it has a differently shaped case and grate.
The embossing on the front panel identifies the maker as on the stoves above.
This stove, apparently unused, is in Brooks Wilson's collection.


Thermos or the predecessor Queen Stove Works
made this J.C. Higgins Model 710.74040
two burner stove for Sears
during the period of the stove models above and below this one.
This stove is in Curtis Edward's collection.


Model WCS 11A KampKook stove was made by the Queen Products Division
of the King Seeley Corporation,
a successor company to AGM located in Albert Lea, Minnesota..
This stove, which dates to the 1950's,
is in Brien Page's collection.


Thermos, the successor company to American Gas Machine,
made this three burner Holiday brand camp stove in 1961.
The Model No. is 8430.
The generator is enlarged above the left burner to allow the stove to burn any gasoline.
The middle and right burners are controlled by levers from the front panel.
This stove is in Bo Ryman's collection.


This two-burner Thermos-Holiday stove
is very similar to the three-burner Model 8430 above
except for the tank being mounted within the case along the right side.
This stove is in Agostino Del Coro's collection.


Holiday Model 8490 dates to 1963 according to an AGM repair manual.
This two burner stove, in Harold Weiss Jr's collection,
is stamped King Seeley Thermos Division, Macomb, Illinois.
The case is also stamped with an R above and to the right of the above stamping
which is a date code for 1963.
The bar sticking out of the lower right side of the case controls the right burner.


This Model 8491 Thermos stove dates to 1964
according to the AGM repair manual.
This stove, in John Stendahl's collection,
is only different from the above model 8490 in the paint colors.
The stove is missing the left leg.


This WesternField 3 burner stove, Model 60-9525A,
was also made for Montgomery Ward by the King Seeley Thermos Co.
This model appears to be the same as Thermos 8433, circa 1969.
The right and center burners are controlled by the levers
projecting from the front of the case.
This unfired stove is in Brian Passananti's collection.

 

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