Find information about repairing antique wood-burning stoves on sites such as MotherEarthNews.com, SFGate.com, Finishing.com, AntiqueStoves.net and eBay.com. Each site covers the methods for repairing different models and styles of stove, so identify the specific type of stove before beginning any repairs on it.
The first thing to do when repairing or restoring an antique wood-burning stove is find out the type of metal used in its construction. Different metal types require different chemicals for cleaning and different paint types for the finish. Owners also need to identify any damage, such a broken door hinge or rusted holes in the body, to locate specific repair instructions.