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The antique stove is a treasured piece of functional art that combines everlasting elegance and heating efficiency.
The Pot belly stove is an American classic. It accompanied many American pioneers as they traversed this country for the first time. These portly heaters found a second home in public buildings and gathering places establishing these barrel stoves as the center piece of social activity in schools, churches, town halls and meeting houses. And of course, the local general store where they were sold as here in St. Augustine, Florida.
Named for its bulging center, the potbelly burned wood or coal. Coming in a variety of sizes, they could heat from 2-5 rooms when fully loaded. The pot belly stove was among the sturdiest ever constructed and will forever hold a unique place in America's past. They were made in many sizes and many shapes to heat many different areas. At the turn of the century these stoves were being produced by the thousands in hundreds of foundries across the country.
The American stove industry gained worldwide recognition and respect for the beauty, craftsmanship and efficiency of their wood burning kitchen ranges. At the center of every home, they were used for cooking, heating, bathing and hot water.
July 4th, 2013
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