AGM, King-Seeley, & Thermos stoves – 2 – later models



Model 21 Kitchenkook Junior appears in Catalog No. 40 from the mid 1930s as No. 22 below. It is instant lighting as described on the badge on the inside of the lid (lower image). The orange teapot stencil on the inside of the lid is apparently a factory application. This stove is in Bill Whitten’s collection.

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Model 22 ReadyKook by AGM is from the same time period as the preceding models. This larger model was probably designed for cabin use. It features a large attached tank that takes a separate pump that is held by a bracket on the far side of the stove (right). This restored stove is in Glenn Knapke’s collection.


This is American Heating Unit is No. 135, although the stenciling is too faded to read. (Compare to No. 136 below.) AGM made these utility burners from the early to mid 1930’s When they were replaced by other models. This utility burner is in Brad Stephenson’s collection.


American Heating Unit No. 136 is the same as No. 135 above with the addition of lower and upper burner supports and a cast iron grate. This utility burner is in James Smith’s collection.


A three burner stove, Model 2534, made by AGM. This stove is in Brien Page’s collection. This model stove appears in a 1937 Belknap Hardware catalog (Lester).

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AGM Kampkook Stove Model 2821 appears in Catalog 52 dated 1938. The stove, in Glenn Knapke’s collection, is unusual in that it lacks side windscreens and uses tabs at the back corners of the lid to pivot and the back edge of the top serves as a stop to hold the cover in the upright position (right image).



The only differences we can see between this Model 2721 and Model 2821 above it are the color scheme and the model information stamping on the case (lower image – the 1 is tilted). It also has the tabs at the back corners of the lid with the stop feature as in the Model 2821, right image. This stove is in Dana and Suzanne Kennison’s collection.


This Model 6840 Readykook Cabin Stove appears in AGM Catalog 52 dated March, 1938. The cooking surface is 10 1/2″ x 20″. The shipping weight of the stove was 26 lbs. The tank held 7 pints of gasoline, enough to run both burners on this instant lighting stove for 7 to 9 hours. Bill Sheehy restored the stove including painting and reproducing the decal on the front panel. He left the grate unfinished.



AGM also advertised this Model 2750 TrailerKook in the 1938 Catalog 52. It is described as a small  moderately priced, instant lighting stove with burner grates that are fastened to the top of the case. The tank holds 3 qts. of gasoline that can be removed from the stove for filling. The dimensions of this 22 lb. stove, in Alvin Ubben’s collection, are 23″ x 16 1/4″ x 7″. Note the art-deco font on the identification tag (lower image).

AGM SunFlame KampKook stove model 2021 has the same burner and lid support as the 2721 and 2821 above. Paperwork included with the stove is dated November 1940. A postcard ad for the stove is postmarked March 1941. This stove is in Jay Tews’ collection.


This AGM military pocket stove is date stamped 1941. This early WWII stove has four legs attached to a steel fount. The fount is repainted. This stove is in Jason Horne’s collection.


This AGM military pocket stove is date stamped 1945, has three legs, and the sides of the fount are brass. Compare to the earlier 1941 stove above. This stove is in Fred Kuntz’s collection.



This AGM undated stove is stamped U.S. (lower image) so met military requirements. Patent 1973184 was issued to Coleman in 1934 for the tip cleaning needle and generator. The burner and stand are as on the pocket stoves above, but the fount is larger and likely adapted from a lantern or lamp fount. Ron McKenzie, whose collection this is in, repainted the fount to the underlying green enamel. Several of these have shown up in collections.


In 1945 AGM also made this medical sterilizing two burner stove for the military. Here the stove is sitting on top of the combination sterilizing chamber-stove container for display purposes in the image. This stove is in Bob Meyer’s collection.


AGM made this Model 2422 stove shortly after WWII. This stove, in Jim MacDougall’s collection, is an instant lighting model with a built-in pump.



Model 2422A has two notable changes from Model 2422 above: the flat steel legs were changed to wire legs and the mixing chamber between the two burners was changed from a tubular casting to a flat sheet metal chamber (lower image). Mark Richardson, whose collection this is in, found advertisements for this stove dating to the summer, 1950.


AGM Model 2522 differs from Model 2422 above in having a generator with a filter mounted above that also allows using leaded gasoline, and a different grate pattern. You can see this generator-filter combination on Model LCS2, several stoves lower on this page. Don Ostby got this unfired stove with the instructions that appear to have a date code of April 1946.


AGM called their 1706 Kabinkook stove Streamlined. This stove, in Greg Diehl’s collection, is described in a 1949 booklet “Favorite Recipies of Famous Outdoorsmen.” The stove is instant lighting and features a wide, 10 3/4″ spread between burners, each with its own valve and generator. An optional galley rail could be purchased so it could be used on boats.



AGM SpeediKook Models 6206, above, and 6906, below are single burner stoves comparable to the Coleman 500 Speed-Master. Model 6206 is in Craig Seabrook’s collection; it appears in a 1956 catalogue. Model 6906 is in Joe Pagan’s collection; it is also stamped SunFlame and has finial style nuts to hold the grate on the frame base rest in addition to the windscreen, different hole pattern in the collar and nickel plating.

The Model number of this stove, LCS2, is only stamped on the front edge of the top of the case. This is one of the first in the LCS series to be equipped with an AGM patented filter mounted above the generator (lower image). The filter removes most of the lead in leaded gasoline that was sold for vehicles several decades ago. After some hours of use the fine steel mesh in the filter would get clogged and the generator would need to be replaced. This stove, in Jim Dencker’s collection, may date to the late 1940s.


This three-burner stove is identified as Model LCS-61, manufactured by American Gas Machine Co., Division of Queen Stove Works, Albert Lea, Minnesota. This stove is in Dave McFarlan’s collection. This stove and the two that follow in this series date to the mid 1950’s (Sund).


Model LCS-61A was made by the same company as above. This stove, in Brien Page’s collection, differs in having wire legs, rather than block style retracting legs.


KampKook Model LCS-41 is a two burner version of the above stove models that includes a towel bar. The burners and manifold are a single cast iron “L” configuration as on others models above and below this one. It also has the enlarged generator over the master burner to help it burn unleaded gas. This stove is in Jeffrey Lietzke’s collection.


This Model LCS-42, in Kyle Sund’s collection, appears in a price list that dates to around 1959.


Model LCS-21 is a similar two-burner stove to Model LCS-41 above except that it has a differently shaped case and grate. The embossing on the front panel identifies the maker as on the stoves above. This stove, apparently unused, is in Brooks Wilson’s collection.


Thermos or the predecessor Queen Stove Works made this J.C. Higgins Model 710.74040
two burner stove for Sears during the period of the stove models above and below this one. This stove is in Curtis Edward’s collection.


Model WCS 11A KampKook stove was made by the Queen Products Division of the King Seeley Corporation, a successor company to AGM located in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This stove, which dates to the 1950’s, is in Brien Page’s collection.


This J.C. Higgins branded stove may have been made for Simpson-Sears, a Canadian retailer, as their Model 710-74080. The lid is hinged with two spring clips. Two more spring clips were used to fasten the lid shut (upper image). The mounting brackets for the tank are fastened below the tank. The windscreens are independent of the lid – another unusual feature. Each windscreen is clamped on the outermost grate wire (lower images) and can be pivoted and slid on the grate wire from front to back to optimize wind blockage and sideways to release the clamp (lower left). Ray Hartery found this stove in a town north of Toronto, Ontario.


Thermos, the successor company to American Gas Machine, made this three burner Holiday brand camp stove in 1961. The Model No. is 8430. The generator is enlarged above the left burner to allow the stove to burn any gasoline. The middle and right burners are controlled by levers from the front panel. This stove is in Bo Ryman’s collection.


This two-burner Thermos-Holiday stove is very similar to the three-burner Model 8430 above except for the tank being mounted within the case along the right side. This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.


This Model 8426 Thermos stove is also stamped with an M, the date code for 1964 as below. The tank in this model is mounted along the right side in the case as in the Thermos-Holiday stove above, however, it also has the more recent pump combined with the filler cap. This stove is in Aaron Goccia’s collection.


Holiday Model 8490 dates to 1963 according to an AGM repair manual. This two burner stove, in Harold Weiss Jr’s collection, is stamped King Seeley Thermos Division, Macomb, Illinois. The case is also stamped with an R above and to the right of the above stamping which is a date code for 1963. The bar sticking out of the lower right side of the case controls the right burner.


This Model 8491 Thermos stove dates to 1964 according to the AGM repair manual. This stove, in John Stendahl’s collection, is only different from the above model 8490 in the paint colors. The stove is missing the left leg.


Thermos made their 3 burner stove Model 8433 for Federals, a department store chain in Michigan and Ohio. Federals used the Thermos model number and sold the stove with the Thermos instruction sheet. The filter on top of the generator (above the master burner on the left) allows the user to burn leaded fuel as well as unleaded/white gas. Compare to WesternField Model 60-9525A below. This stove is in Randy Hayes’ collection.


This WesternField 3 burner stove, Model 60-9525A, was also made for Montgomery Ward by the King Seeley Thermos Co. This model appears to be the same as Thermos 8433, circa 1969 as above. The right and center burners are controlled by the levers projecting from the front of the case. This unfired stove is in Brian Passananti’s collection.

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