‘My mother always told me to put your heart into whatever you do,” Kent Rollins tells me over the phone.

For Rollins that came to mean cooking on the range using cast iron cookware, utensils, food and his 35-year-old, 385-pound cast iron wood stove, Bertha, all carted around in an 1876 Studebaker chuck wagon – sometimes pulled by horses.

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