Waterman Stoves

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A Bit of History

Prior to the 1940s, there were many small stove manufacturers in the US and unfortunately little is known about many of them. I have taken a particular interest in Waterman stoves ever since a friend gave me one. That stove is in our kitchen and we have used it daily for years. I have since acquired another 3-burner Waterman and photographs of others. My only knowledge of the company is that it was located in New York City thanks to my recent discovery of a cast iron stove marked “Henry Waterman & Bro., New York, N.Y., U.S.A.” Thanks to visitor Tony who grew up just around the corner from the Waterman factory, I have a bit more information.  The plant was located on Flushing Ave. in Brooklyn near the corner of Onderonk Ave.  (see map below) A large factory building remains on the site today.  Tony also mentioned that Henry had two brothers… consistent with the markings on some stoves “Waterman & Bro.”

Waterman factory location
Waterman factory location – click to enlarge

Got Waterman Info?

If you happen to have any advertisements or company catalogs, I would like to acquire them or get a scan or photograph. I would also be glad to pay you for copies of them. Please email me with any information that you may have. Thanks.

Other Resources

See also our Buy/Sell/Parts page as well as our Stove Sites and FAQs pages.


Below are photographs of Waterman stoves that I have collected. If you own a model not posted here, please get in touch. I would love to collect and post other photos.


Many have asked me what their Waterman stove is worth.  Always begin with the most important factor: condition.  Condition is critical to value.  99.9% of vintage stoves have been used and have rust in the ovens.  They may look presentable but they are not in like-new condition. The big money in vintage stoves is paid for fully restored showroom shiny fancy stoves.

Contrast that with the humble Waterman stoves which are fairly plain, and are probably destined for a camp or cottage rather than a trendy suburban home.  Most of the stoves shown below in average shape would sell for $50-200, or whatever you can get.  Some will require a good marketing effort to find any buyer.  The fancier models like #5, #6, #8 or #20 in clean condition with no chips, damage or missing parts could be worth up to about $500.

Using Your Vintage Stove

These stoves are of very simple design: gas lines to valves and lines then go to the burners. Assuming everything is fitted up correctly and there are no leaks, you can use them. No electronics to break. Most Waterman stoves do not even have pilot lights so they need to be hand-lit.

listing in 1946 NYC phone directory

CAUTION: Gas can be extremely dangerous and needs to be treated with great respect. If you don’t know what you are doing, hire a professional to make repairs or connect the stove.

Comments / Feedback

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Waterman Stoves and Parts For Sale

See our separate page on stoves and parts – you can post a listing there if you like.

Waterman 2-burner stove
Later model 2 burner
1. This early model Waterman 2 burner turned up
on ebay. It was located on Long Island.
2. A later model 2-burner Waterman
4-burner model
Waterman 4 burner
3. Four-burner model with faux-marble enamel
side panels.
4. This four-burner is nearly identical to the one at left. The knob for the oven is different. It’s identical to the 4-burner in our kitchen.
blue and tan enamel 3-burner Waterman
5. I purchased this light blue and tan enamel
stove in 2005 in Pennsylvania. The owner
had brought it over from his parent’s house
in New Jersey.
6. This Waterman 4-burner was auctioned on
ebay in spring 2006 by some folks in NJ. A
blue and tan enamel 3-burner Waterman
Yellow Enamel Waterman Stove
7. A fellow Waterman stove enthusiast submitted this photo. Two burners on the right. Not sure if it originally had legs or was meant to be a built-in model.
8. Here is a yellow enamel Waterman Stove submitted by a visitor to this site. Four burners on the right side. How the heck many models did this company make?
Hercules Waterman NY
9. Here is a little camp or laboratory single burner unit which is marked Hercules No 12 – H Waterman NY 10. Label from yellow enamel stove above marked “Waterman / New York City”
Large Waterman kitchen stove
We need your Waterman information!
11. “Big Bertha” large model kitchen stove – photo provided by visitor to this webpage.
Tabletop Model
Tabletop Model
12. Two-burner tabletop model 13. Closeup of serial number on tabletop model at left showing “Henry Waterman & Bro. Corp. / Brooklyn 37 NY USA”
Tabletop Model
Tabletop Model
14. Boxy three-burner created after dispensing with the Asthetics Dept. 15. A different four-burner with bandy legs in chrome + black submitted by visitor to site
Painted Yellow
Tabletop Model
16. This one got painted somewhere along the way… 17. Another tabletop model – seen on ebay.
Waterman stove submitted by Matt S
18. Waterman stove pic submitted by visitor Matt S 19. Waterman Ideal logo
Waterman model 25
22. Waterman Model 25 23. —

73 Responses to Waterman Stoves

  1. Joe Lalko says:

    I have an old waterman 4 burner gas grill with 4 legs.I was going to scrap but thought otherwise, It was not garage kept and looks used so Im not asking for much if I dont have to deliver it. If anyone is interested I live in New Jersey #2013154237 call/text.

  2. Joe L says:

    I have a Waterman stove like in picture 6 but it’s rusty With no missing parts. Looking to sell it for cheap and currently reside in New Jersey.2013154237 call or text for pictures

  3. AnthRich says:

    We have a Waterman stove like in picture #14….have no idea of worth……It is rusty and has not been used for years…….interested in selling and seeing what it might be worth

  4. LISA says:

    We have a Waterman like Big Bertha in photo 11 but looks smaller – maybe 30 inches wide

    If anyone is interested – will sell for best offer

    Condition – used and loved


  5. My mother in law is giving me this stove. She got it out of her grandparents basement. It’s been in their garage for years. So it would be our great grandparents. Not sure if you’ve seen this design before? I’m planning on restoring it and using it as a decor piece. Didn’t know if you’d seen this design or if you knew when these stoves started being manufactured.

  6. Christopher Woods says:

    Please send a photo via the contact form!

  7. Heather says:

    I am looking to sell a 3 burner stove (#14). I don’t know anything about it.
    Used condition.
    I have it listed on Craigslist for $150 OBO
    Pittsburgh, PA

  8. Christopher Woods says:

    If you would like to provide a photo and contact info on the for-sale page, get in touch with me via the contact form. I do hear regularly from people looking to acquire stoves.

  9. gary popkin says:

    I am looking for a replacement burner grate, 6″ diameter, for my 18″ 4-burner Waterman stove. How can I send you pictures of the grate I need?

  10. Christopher Woods says:

    I recently created a stove parts page here, hoping to encourage people to offer small parts like burners for sale.

    If you have the broken burner, it is possible to have it welded. Not everyone wants to weld cast iron because it is somewhat difficult to do, but it can be done.

  11. Timothy Pineo says:

    I have the exact same stove in Picture #8, and in yellow. I have been trying to find a Number for the Orifice because I need to replace them with a propane orifice as I am not in an area that has natural gas and am hoping someone out there would be able to supply that information.

  12. Christopher Woods says:

    Do you have a set of numbered drill bits? Can you determine the # of the existing orifice? That is a good start since the sizing is relative to BTU output.

    Please do report what you have learned!

  13. Timothy Pineo says:


    No, I do not, but if you could let me know a size range than I can get them. One person mentioned that if it was # 53 than I’d use a # 51 after the existing hole was filled. I know a machinist who can do that type of work.

  14. Christopher Woods says:

    Unfortunately I do not have a precise number for you, and have also found very little on the subject online. What little I have found is posted by people who are converting their BBQ grills from LP to NG. Their methods suggest experimentation – start small, test, drill out to the next larger size, test, etc.

  15. Lisa G. says:

    I am looking for the backsplash/shelf that goes with the waterman ideal stove

  16. Barry says:

    I was given a 2 burner stove like in picture #2 witch has no knobs ,LOL … I’m wondering if the oriface can be switched over to run the stove on Propane ,,, I’d like to put it into an old popup camper I’m renovating

  17. Christopher Woods says:

    Yes, theoretically any stove can be switched over from natural gas to LP or vice versa if you can find a gas technician to do the job. Some stoves have threaded inserts for the orifices, others would have to be over-drilled or plugged/redrilled.

  18. Dan says:

    I trying to find out any info on this furnace my parents have. My dad used it for years to heat his garage. It came out of an old school house that was in there back yard when they bought the property.It is just a big round stove i believe it was coal at one time.On part of the door says Waterbury Seamless registered u.s. pat office then at bottom of door says S-7 Square Steel Waterman Waterbury Minneapolis I could send you a picture if you have an address to send it. Any info would be great or anyone who has one in good usable cond. would be awesome as this one is getting real thin on top an kinda afraid to use it anymore. Dad used it for 50+ yrs.

  19. Christopher Woods says:

    Waterman Waterbury from MN is a different company than Henry Waterman in New York. Sorry, I do know anything about the Minneapolis company.

  20. Genie says:

    I have a 3 burner Ideal gas stove. I wonder if it has anything to do with Waterman. This is first time I’ve came across anything remotely similar. It’s interesting.

  21. Gary Popkin says:

    Some of the links on this page go nowhere. Please fix them/

  22. Timothy Pineo says:

    I am the owner of the Waterman Stove (photograph #6, (the 4 burner black and yellow) and was going to hook it up in my house but I was unable to get a hold of the parts needed to have it changed from natural gas to propane so I have put it in storage and if anyone has a true interest in purchasing it, I’d be interested in selling it. I live in Upstate New York between Albany and Binghamton on the I-88

  23. Timothy Pineo says:

    The yellow and black stove is picture number 8 and not number 6 as I mentioned.

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