Upland Stove Company of Greene, NY was founded in 1977 by Fred and Frank Hanrahan. The company designed and produced cast iron stoves, most notably models 17, 27, 107 and 207. Between 1977 and 1984, the company manufactured approx. 80,000 stoves.
Parts for the stoves were cast in various east coast founderies, including Unicast and Hamburg Manufacturing in Pennsylvania. Assembly was done at the Upland Factory in Greene, NY.
The stoves were noted for their simple design and operation, which used the front to back burning method made famous by companies such as Jotul. The exterior design of the stoves were classic, with a look similar to some early Vermont Castings and Jotul models.
The wood stove business peaked in 1979 and 1980 and slowed greatly in the following years due to a large decline in the price of oil. This put a strain on Upland Stove, which had grown and invested heavily to produce a large number of stoves. As a result of this slowdown, they were unable to make ends meet and in 1985 theSBA called in their loans and put the company on the auction block. The brothers then went on to manufacture car and truck trailers, an operation which Frank continues to oversee to this date (2006)
Craig Issod, the current developer of Hearth.com (Hearth.com Background), bought the assets of Upland Stove for $15,000 at the SBA auction. He transported 4 tractor-trailer loads of patterns, castings and fixtures to his warehouse in Medford, NJ and installed a small assembly line to produce the stoves. During Issod’s tenure, many improvements were made to the line, including a larger retrofit glass door, rear heat shields and reversible top/rear venting for the 107 and 207. The new company, termed Upland Distributing, operated from Medford until late in 1989, when it was sold to Peter Albertson of Nu-Tec in RI.