Buying a Vintage Cone Fireplace

Let me guess…you can’t get those sweet 70’s fireplaces out of your mind since my last mention? Me neither. I’m pretty much ALWAYS thinking about them because very few things in life are better than strange old fireplaces that look like they are going to eat you up. So, what’s left to do but covet more for every room? (You’ll find my unsolicited buying tips at the end and you can check out my Preway here!)

Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70's source
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70's source
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource
Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70's source

My fireplace is a vintage Preway, but Malm and Majestic are other brands to look for. (Malm fireplaces are actually still in production, so if you are filthy rich and/or want to buy a Malm new you can! Shop like it’s 1975 at the original Malm or like it’s 2015 at Design Within Reach.) Otherwise, your options are eBay or Craigslist. I suggest Craigslist all the way on this one. They sell on eBay in the $500-$1,000 range. Skip that. If you have the patience to comb through every “fireplace” and “fire place” listing your local Craigslists you will be rewarded. If you don’t have that kind of patience, keep an eye out for common listing titles like freestanding fireplace, wood stove or even a chiminea (and various misspellings of the word). Other often used terms are cone, retro, 60’s, 70’s, groovy, and even ugly. Don’t be offended: The brand is usually not listed because sellers have no idea what they have and are just looking to clear these things out of their space for their generic remodel.

Vintage Fireplace Majestic Malm Preway Retro 60's 70'ssource

Preways, as far as I know, only come in one shape. The orange and green fireplaces in the photo above are Preways. Their screens have a handle on each side and they should have a metal band around the flue that sometimes says Preway. There are several different leg/base configurations. Vintage Malms come in all kinds of shapes, as do the new ones, including the Preway shape and the smaller, taller cones. Majestics, less common in my experience than the others, are usually identifiable by their gold knobbed screens with a “Majestic” nameplate. They also make the taller cones and some other interesting shapes. I believe they are the only maker of the square shape, like that tapered legged beauty in the first picture.

If you are thinking of installing the fireplace in your house, I would place a priority on finding one with all parts intact. Replacements can be hard to find and expensive. Personally, I would never pay more than $400 and would only pay that for the exact model and color I wanted in perfect condition. Also, I would familiarize yourself intimately with installation code or, better yet, hire a professional to install. Burning down your house down or carbon monoxide poisoning is never worth it.

If you are just looking for a place to burn logs in your backyard, you don’t need to be so picky. Though, you may want to lean towards the junkier ones out of vintage-stuff-moral-obligation…DWR recommends buying their stainless version for outdoor use because the enameled ones will rust. I imagine this is the same with older models. I was planning to put mine outside originally but it cleaned up so nicely that I felt guilty destroying its finish with weather. I see lots of rusted specimens on Craigslist in the $50 and less range.

I know it’s almost summer and all. But winter is coming, so better get on it! Thanks for reading!

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40 thoughts on “Buying a Vintage Cone Fireplace

      • Yes, it was in great condition and the price was definitely right. I’ve found almost nothing online about the Martin version, except that it was probably manufactured around 1968. I’d love to know if they are as rare as they seem to be. If anyone reading this has any info please let me know!

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  1. I have a periwinkle color blue come fireplace that had the name firehood on it any info would be helpful is this a rare color an it’s value looking to sell

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  2. Yay, so happy to hear that! Sounds like you scored! What kind/color? Since I can’t hoard them all, I like to know that they at least end up in good hands, haha! Have fun with your new treasure :)

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  3. hey there… great post. I am looking for one of these for the backyard. I found an old Orange preway that I can get for $200 but its missing the top pipe extender (has one pipe but missing the 2nd)… any idea where I could find one?

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    • Thanks! My experience is parts are hard to find, especially in specific colors and for cheap. I’m not sure if you are willing to spend possibly more than the entire fireplace costs, but there is a So Cal dealer that sells tons of vintage Preways and shipping is available…@theretroburn and @radicalrelics on instagram. May be worth checking into to see if extra chimney parts are available?? If you aren’t interested in spending more, my opinion is to wait for a complete fireplace :) Good luck either way!

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  4. Hello Everyone! Such a great article!! Thank you for all of the info! I have a beautiful vintage Majestic cone fireplace for sale. It is in great original condition and includes the cast log tray that sits inside, the double hinged fire screen and 4 matching chimney pipe extensions! 3 are roughly 24″ long and the 4th is about 10″ in length. I have not seen another fireplace with this much matching chimney pipe!! The color of the fireplace is terra cotta that fades to dark brown at all of the chimney unions. I can text/email photos if you’re interested! Structurally it is identical to the light blue colored stove featured in this article.

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  5. I have a red cone fireplace that is in excellent condition! I am looking for someone who would be interested in purchasing it from me!

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  6. I just bought a house that has a red cone fireplace. I do not know the manufacturer (I just know it is not Malm) and I need to buy chimney mid section. If I send you a picture do you think you can tell me the manufacturer? Do you know where I can get parts?
    Thanks

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