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Over the years in history it was the practise of the Mennonite people to provide newly wed couples with a kitchen range, which in most cases was the center of the home. The stove was almost always given by the bride's parents as a wedding gift. In the 1950's and 60's there was a stove build by Findlay Bros. in Carlton place, with their most popular unit in the plain community being the Findlay Oval.

It was a well built stove with a nice large firebox,large oven with an overall neat appearance When the use of oil became common with the automatic furnace the demand for a kitchen range with a large capacity was lost and a more modern style range with only half the capacity became the only option on the market. This newer stove did not fill the needs of the people that depended on the range as their central heat.

Margin Stoves was established because of this need. My oldest sister was planning on marriage and starting their own home. There simply was no cookstove on the market that Dad felt was suitable for her, so he said one morning, well since we can't buy what we need,we'll simply set up shop and build one. AND WE DID,IT WAS SOMEWHAT CRUDE,BUT IT ACTUALLY HEATED THEIR HOME FOR MANY YEARS.

These first stoves were largely a copy of the well liked findlay oval. The fire boxes were not sealed, with the modern air tight heating stove just becoming more common as the cost of oil and gas made the idea of heating with wood more attractive again. In the late 70's we redesigned our stove adding bell drafts and gasket rope to the doors,greatly enhanced the performance of this stove,at this time this model became known as the GEM.

By the mid 80's we got serious about designing our 2nd model and came out with the GEM-PAC. With this stove we introduced a new fire box design which has air jets that will help reburn the smoke, thus getting more heat out of your fuel and less pollution. This burn design is used in all of our models. Instead of building a stove that will tolerate creosote we chose to build our units as clean burners.

Over the years we have added the Flameview cookstove and the Flameview heater to our product line, with both stoves having very large fireboxes C/W glass door, cast grates and ash pans for easy ash removal. As with all active business the research and development needs to keep on. We are currently working on our next model which will sport some options that will be a first for cookstoves.



402 Greenwood Dr, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 7R4
Phone: 519-305-0152  / e-mail:

Home History MARGIN GEM

402 Greenwood Dr, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 7R4
Phone: 519-305-0152  / e-mail:

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