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 and my Malm 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

I have a vintage Preway and Malm, two of the most common brands, but Majestic is another brand 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, like it’s 2015 at Design Within Reach, or the future with a bio fuel version on Amazon (sooo expensive but NO installation required to fire!).

Otherwise, your options are eBay or Craigslist (or the comment section on this post is turning into a mini fireplace classifieds!). 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. Personally, I would never pay more than $400 and would only pay that for the exact model and color I wanted in perfect condition. I found my perfect condition with all parts Preway for $75 and my Malm for free.

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.

We use our indoor Preway as a nonfunctioning focal point. We have another fireplace that hosts fires and I didn’t want to mess with the cost or hassle/worry of install so I put a pile of string lights inside and called it a day. I LOVE it and think it is 100% worth the space it takes up, but I’m crazy and know this isn’t practical for most homes. I’ve heard that you can burn cans of clean fuel inside (it seems like these new Malms are basically doing that) without chimney or ventilation, but I haven’t researched that option enough or tried it to recommend.

If you are thinking of installing the fireplace in your house, I would place a priority on finding one with all parts intact. Replacement parts can be hard to find, if not impossible, and expensive. And I would certainly pay a professional to install. Burning down your house down or carbon monoxide poisoning is never worth the cost savings of a DIY fireplace install!

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 my Preway 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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62 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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  7. I have loved Preway fireplaces since childhood when we had one in our house back in the 60’s and 70’s. Recently I had the opportunity to “rescue” 10 Preway fireplaces from a trip to the dump during a local apartment complex renovation. Now I have them for sale to fellow fans. All are in original black paint, in good used condition with original screens. Beginning to post photos on my WordPress page https://prewayfireplace.wordpress.com

    The challenge: we are located in Anchorage Alaska, and moving to Charleston SC in December 2017… we are at risk of having to leave them behind to be trashed. For a potential buyer, the combined purchase + shipping will still likely be less than most are paying, especially given eBay prices. Can arrange shipping for serious buyers. With the move to Charleston SC in December 2017, there is a possible option with your purchase commitment.
    thanks! Mike
    https://prewayfireplace.wordpress.com/

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  8. I’m selling my malm queen jester free standing fireplace. It is currently set up for gas however it can be easily converted to wood burning. I have to manual and it has a updated log set. I have it posted on several sites. I would hate to sell it for scrap but if I can’t find a buyer that’s my only option. Any ideas on how to go about selling it?

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  9. I have a yellow cone fireplace with an old electric plug in log decor. It is from 1970. It is in great condition. Only used a few times. Any interest in it? I have a photo I can email to anyone interested.

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  10. I have a Knights and Axes brass emblem on the front of my orange fireplace and found no name of manufacture. The base of mine is also different it has a round disk with an inverted cone shape base that the round fire base is on. Does anyone know if mine may be older or newer? The fireplace store where I got it had spray painted it black but when I saw an orange scratch on it I tested and was able to remove ALL the black paint. I too couldn’t find pipe the whole way orange but Orange engine spray paint worked great. Mine is used with gas logs vented up a chimney

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