I heat my house and cook and bake with a cook stove. Nothing better! Check for trouble (burned out areas around the oven box). Cracks and such in the cast around the fire box and ash pan. If there are no cracks or burned out areas or dramatic warp in the cast iron top then she should be alright. Important to clean under the lids and all around the oven box. Make sure the brick in the fire box is intact. The internet has a bunch of good sites on restoration. There are companies out there that will do full restorations too although they can be costly but a family piece can be worth every penny. Good luck. Can't wait to see pic of the old girl!