Thursday, February 19, 2009

Firewood warms you twice!

The Field Blacksmith shop is heated with a large wood-burning stove. The stove was cast in a foundry for the Museum by using an original as the mold. Thus the stove in our shop is an exact duplicate of an 1840s stove. It can hold up to four large logs at once, and produces a great volume of heat. But the shop is made of stone. The walls cool to match the average temperature. That means in July the shop is pleasantly cool as the walls hold out the summer heat. But in the winter they hold the cold as well. I don’t have to chop down trees for my firewood. I do spend a fair amount of time hauling wood, stacking wood, splitting kindling, stoking the stove, and hauling out ash. Wood warms you twice. Once when you stack it, and once when you burn it!

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