As of 2015, Pioneer wood cookstoves are handmade by the Amish people with the aid of certain tools, such as a welder. A welder is necessary in the Pioneer's construction as it uses materials that are heavier than standard cooktop steel, which can be held together using screws.
The Pioneer cookstove features two distinct models, which are the Maid and Princess models. The Pioneer Princess is functionally identical to the Maid but boasts some improvements, such as a front-loading door and a thermostat. The basic Pioneer Maid model is claimed by Woodstoves.net to hold a flame overnight and does not require rekindling in the morning.