a 1909 Grand Rapids Cook Stove BAKOROST… is basically an antique Oak Crock Pot…
Last week the weather really changed in Walla Walla. We had snow, ice and the temperatures dipped into the single digits. Tuesday was one of the worst days so we didn’t expect any customers. Jill and I opened the doors (anyway) and put out the vintage Christmas decorations.
In the mid-afternoon a young woman came sliding into the parking lot with a big SUV. She works at a winery and she was helping the owners clear some personal items out of storage. One of them was the Bakorost.
I have never seen a Bakorost or even heard of one before. The Bakorost looks like a small-sized oak trunk with latches to hold the top lids down. It turns out that the flat sides and top are actually pieces of metal painted to look like oak. The frame-work is made out of solid oak pieces.
This Bakorost was in good shape and the Decal (on the lower front) was in remarkable condition. It reads: “Favorite, Bakorost; sanitary, durable, economical; Grand Rapids Cook Stove Co.; Grand Rapids, Mich.” The latches are marked “PAT. DEC. 20, 1909″. Since Patents were usually good for seven years, this Bakorost was made between 1909 and 1916, or maybe a little later.
OK, what is a Bakorost and what does it do? It took a bit of looking at all of the pieces to determine that “Bakorost” was essentially a shorter word for “Bake – or – Roast”.
The top of the Bakorost has two oak lined metal lids, one of which is a bit larger. The lids are metal lined and insulated. When you open the square oak lid there is a round metal lid that seals a cylindrical metal lined, insulated cooking chamber.
The Bakorost has two different sized holes and two different sized cylindrical cooking pots and lids.
It has heavy metal plates that are just the right size to be easily heated on a wood cook stove. The metal plates are stamped either “Bottom Plate” or “Top Plate”. First you heat the plates and place the Bottom Plate in the cooking chamber. Then you lower the cooking pot into the cooking chamber and put the Top Plate in place. Then you put the round lid on to seal the cooking chamber and finally you latch the oak lid down.
It seems to me that you would be using the original antique oak “Crock Pot”.
This Bakorost would be great fun to have at any outdoor cooking contest such as dutch oven cooking or a bar-b-que cook off.
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