Well, if you can find a "coal stove" of the design common in the first 1/4
of the 20th century, I'm sure it will be as clean and convenient as anything
modern. My grandmother had such a stove up until 1950 or so when it was
replaced by an electric stove. I believe the main reason they were
replaced was that they weren't much fun to use in the summer.
But on a cold, winter (or even summer) morning, they were GREAT.
On Feb 16, 6:12 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Your biggest problem will be finding some of that scarce high quality
W. Va. semi-soft coal. Anthracite and coke used to be available but
were a real PITA to get going, not to mention keeping the fire up,
plus there was a tendency to warp the grates because of the high fire
temperatures. Back in the 1920-30's a favorite coal in the midwest was
Pocahontas. In that era as well, Cannel coal from Britain was a big
item on the west coast for use in fireplaces...no one then ever had a
Given a decent fuel, most of the available modern stoves ought to do
pretty well, and fewer worries about chimney fires.
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