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  1. It’s 30 below outside.

    “Fetch some wood for the stove son.
    Oh .. better take them ashes out too.”

    “Don’t worry, some day we’ll have coal.”


  2. We have one almost identical, heating the garage for DSB to do his work. I love that thing! (and that header image of the wood burning is amazing!)


    • The header was the firepit in my teepee. Things I miss — that’s up there with horses, number one or two on the “things I miss” list.

      I wish I knew what happened to the old stove in the photograph. Fortunately, we have a similar one in our living room now. We don’t use it much, but I love it.


  3. I love the open fire and miss our fireplace! Yep! Had one in Florida πŸ™‚ Got a surprise coming for you…it is award time πŸ™‚ Be on the lookout. I hope to have it up tonight but not sure. Hugs!


    • We don’t use it much anymore. We used to use it all the time. Garry is crazy about fire, but we found it actually increased the cost of fuel because it would make the boiler turn off … then we’d have to reheat the whole house. Now we burn paper logs once in a while for “pretty” πŸ™‚ I’ll keep an eye out πŸ™‚


  4. Lovely picture. It makes me think of a cozy room. One would be perfect now in the chilly room I’m sitting in.


  5. After 23 years of chopping, splitting and stacking wood, we just upgraded to a pellet stove.
    Man, I miss my old wood stove…….!


    • We’ve thought of getting a pellet stove because we are past the wood chopping stage of our lives. We use paper logs for pretty and have discovered — bizarrely — that our fuel bills are significantly lower when we DON’T use the woodstove for heat. It heats up this end of the house, the boiler turns off and then when the stove cools down, the boils goes into a full tilt boogie trying to catch up with the chilly house. It actually winds up costing significantly more … so we use it as if it were a pellet stove … Strange, but true.


      • Its all we have, so theres no problem about furnaces or such. and we use the paper logs as overnight fuel, five or six at a time. in the morning there is a lovely core of heat left to start from. When we bought our last stove we went looking at pellet stoves, and realized that they run on electricity (for the fan). If the power goes out, as it does often here, what happens then? does the stove (which throws a tremendous amount of heat) overheat and melt the house? lol

        Ive been using wood for 40 years, and frankly i’ve almost forgotten what its like to use an electric range…


        • I love wood, but we are not able to harvest our own. In the past, we swapped trees for cut cords, but we got to the point where hauling the logs up from the shed was too much. Other people nearby have wood furnaces and the smell if wonderful. And woodstoves are amazingly efficient, throw an amazing amount of heat for their size. We would if we could.


      • How funny! We just keep remembering the big ice storm in 2008; we were out of power for a week, but we were warm, well fed and could even read by the light of our big old wood stove. Unfortunately, like you, we just got too old and achy to deal with the wood. The pellet stove is much easier, but it is also a) less romantic somehow and b) electricity dependent!
        You can’t win.


  6. Fire it up!!


  7. Fascinating picture, Marilyn, and since we burn wood exclusively (the plus being I get to use a kitchen cookstove) stoves like this draw me immediately.
    We recently replaced a stove much like this, simply because it was no longer safe to use. It was like waving goodbye to the family dog.


  8. I love a wood stove. They are GREAT for cooking in – especially in winter. They keep the entire room and the next one warm. There’s something just very lovely about a wood stove. πŸ™‚


  9. A really nice antique stove. And a beautiful texture on this photograph. I like that very much, Marilyn. It’s effective for the subject too.


    • It’s an old photograph of the camp stove in the cabin on Pleasant River Lake in Maine. The cabin is long gone and probably, the stove is somewhere in the woods, rusting away. I took this picture on film in 1974, so this is a scan of a print. The print isn’t as sharp as it was originally; scanning doesn’t improve it. The original is printed on textured paper too, but the scan just made it look a bit soft … so I fixed it πŸ™‚


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