Thursday Doors: Can You Feel The Heat?

While playing tourist with my cousin, I had the opportunity to discover parts of the city I hadn’t explored before.  One of these was Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The village is a re-creation of rural life in Ontario during the 1800s.  Although some of its heritage buildings are original to the site, most were relocated from their original location in the Toronto area.

Now, these kinds of outings don’t normally excite me, but my cousin and her husband were enthusiastic, so I became a willing participant.

It exceeded my expectations by a wide margin.

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The history, the knowledgeable staff, and the abundance of old wooden doors was exceptional, but what really captured my attention were the variety of cast iron stoves in the various buildings.

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I was looking for any reason – flimsy or otherwise – to feature some of these wonderful stoves.  I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but wood stoves do have doors to access its heating core, which I think makes them an interesting addition to Thursday Doors.

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As a child, we spent our summer weekends on an isolated Island and the small cabin had a wood stove used for heating when it was damp and chilly.  I always liked that wood stove – in spite of the spiders and other crawlies that lurked in the wood pile – but it wasn’t nearly as interesting and decorative as the ones I found here.

Although most cooking on our summer island was done on a small propane double burner, we also had a large outdoor stove made of stone which my mom used occasionally for cooking.

It didn’t look as grand as this outdoor oven at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

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… and yes, this outdoor oven also had a door … although a wee tiny one for such a relatively large structure.

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I had a great time and would definitely recommend a visit to Black Creek for anyone looking to do something different in the Toronto area.

For more on interesting doors, check out Thursday Doors hosted by Norm 2.0.

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    • Our family room had an open fireplace until we converted it to gas a number of years ago. My sinuses are problematic and the wood fires were brutal. Now I get all the benefits of a fire without the side effects 🙂

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  1. Sounds like a lovely day out. I’d love to go visit. Our wood heater is currently cranking out a wonderful heat here. It’s freezing! Yesterday I got two loads of wood in for our large house wood box. I just love everything about wood heaters 🙂 chopping it, getting it in, setting and lighting the fire, then sitting and watching it burn. Loved your photos Joanne 🙂


    • The one thing I found interesting about this post are the number of people who have wood stoves and fireplaces. That’s amazing!!
      On a cold winter night, nothing feels quite as comforting as a blazing fire 🙂

      In contrast, this weekend we are expecting temperatures in the mid-30s with a humidex over 40C. I wish I could send some your way!

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  2. I love it when someone dares to insert a unique form of doors into the program, Joanne! 😉 Oven doors, such as these, are gorgeous and so intricately artistic. I wish we could take what I consider modern oven doors and start a “new”/old trend? Why can’t we have designs imprinted upon our oven doors like on these cast iron stoves?!


    • Actually Robin, I would be happy to simply have an oven door that closes properly … but Husband seems to think it’s just fine.

      With all my major appliances dying over the past few months, WHY does my stove continue to hang on to life


  3. Lovely iron stoves! And I’m always intrigued by outside stoves. Would love to have one.
    My daughter had a pellet stove, but replaced it with a wood stove – the former is not warm enough for the mountains. And don’t even live that high -2000 feet.


  4. Great post. I’m just amazed to see the craft on those cast iron stoves and doors. We usually claim that we have all the luxury of the world, but I think people in old days were far more creative and led a far better luxurious lifestyle, sans technology.

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  5. Those stoves are beautiful. The detail is amazing, especially considering that the stove is a utilitarian object. I wonder if the small outdoor oven was for smoking meat over the course of many days?

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  6. Wonderful! I love the old wood stoves. Always makes me feel like a pioneer and as though I am somehow ‘roughing it’ when I’m up at the island, although these are much more beautiful!


  7. I think the first one is quite remarkable.
    My grandmother lived in an old farm house her entire adult life. She had a coal burning stove in the dining room and kitchen. I still picture her standing beside the stove warming her hands.
    I like your choice for “doors”


    • I can’t imagine the craftsmanship that went into cooking meals, baking bread, making cakes & pies, etc on a wood or coal stove. Wow – boggles my mind!
      We have access to so many conveniences now, we’ve lost the *art* of cooking like they did.

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  8. Interesting, and beautiful subjects for today’s post Joanne! I love the look of the old wood stoves, but wouldn’t want to cook on one. These are gorgeous and so ornate. Can you imagine how heavy that 5 burner stove is? Imagine that a 5 burner wood stove! Even then I bet that was a prize in that woman’s kitchen.

    We have a wood burning insert in our fireplace, but haven’t used it in years.The door to our insert is rather dull and plain.
    The smoke and ash upset our daughter’s asthma. City codes have changed too making it outdated. We need to replace it with a pellet stove one of these days.

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    • I know! That big stove would have been a treasure, although I agree with you about trying to cook on one. I have enough trouble with our modern conveniences.

      We gave up our wood fireplace years ago for the same reasons – it was brutal on my sinuses. Now we have a natural gas fireplace which I love.

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  9. I love it when you have low expectations of a tourist place and they end up surprising you and being awesome. A couple of months ago we did the tour at Dundurn Castle in Hamilton and I had that very same feeling. I ended up loving the house and the tour. I will put Black Creek on our list of things to do over the summer break.


    • oooh – and I’ll have to put Dundurn Castle on mine!

      Black Creek was much larger than I expected – we spent 4 hours there. Luckily the day wasn’t really hot and there weren’t hordes of people. I think my experience would have been very different if it had been otherwise.

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  10. I thin ka very creative entry for the theme Joanne. I love the smell of wood burning, just not so keen on cleaning the ashes and such. Perhaps I could make an exception for these pretty ones.


  11. We still have a wood stove. I love having a fire but Jo’s not a fan. The dust upsets her asthma. Im currently burning hardwood fence posts that we half lost in the grass fire 2 years ago. They burn for hours. Nice idea with the stove doors. Haven’t taken a photo in over a month. Must get back to it.


  12. As I scrolled through the photos, (Yes, I do that before reading) I thought,”These stoves look familiar.”, then realized where this was. Black Creek Pioneer Village is an awesome place for photography. I started a series of ‘windows’ a few years ago and many are from Black Creek. Nike images.


  13. Those are fabulous wood stoves, Joanne, like pieces of art. The first one on your line up is too beautiful to use! We heat with wood, so our woodstove is high on efficiency but low on good looks. 🙂


  14. I think doors to a wood stove is valid and probably a “first” for Thursday doors. I keep looking at the first stove…there’s more ironwork, especially the pillars, than there appears to be cooking surface or room for wood/coals. Very ornate!


    • This stove was actually found in a small parlor type room. I questioned how functional it might have been, but in a smallish room, a big stove would have been overkill.

      Glad you liked my twist on doors this week 🙂

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  15. Wow these stoves are incredible Joanne 🙂 Imagine firing up one of these stoves to cook on when the temp. is 90 degrees out. No take out back then, LOL.


  16. There is something stable and strong about a stove door for adding wood that is going to help you prepare your food and keep you warm. 🙂 It’s going to be upper 80’s today so I don’t think I’ll open my pellet stove door today anyway. Have a good Thursday. 🙂


  17. This is a fine collection of doors, Joanne. I love cast iron stoves and the intricate ways they tried to make them work better and be easier to use. These are beautiful. Thanks for featuring them today!


    • I had never been there so this was a real surprise to me. I had no idea it would be so extensive.
      Thankfully it was not a super hot day when we were there and although there were a couple of school groups, it wasn’t overly crowded. I think both of these occurrences could result in a bad experience.


  18. I think this is a wonderful contribution to Thursday Doors! We still have a woodburning fireplace in our home & we love it. So many of converted to gas but I still love the feel & the smell of the wood!


    • I confess we did convert our wood fireplace to gas some years ago and I really love it.
      Burning wood really aggravated my sinuses from over drying the air … but we had an open hearth rather than a stove. I don’t know if that makes a difference.


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