1883 Locke and Montague Range
Opened up the 1883 stove and found!
This stove had been covered up and this is what we discovered when we took off the top. The large rectangular iron plate was cracked down the middle but the rings were all intact.
understanding the stove
This is not a Rumford stove but it does explaing the reason for the rings.
They had cut off the doors
We excavated the ash bin and the fire box below finding a wadded up piece of newsprint filled with unburned matches. the newsprint dated from 1925-1926
pipes to heat the water
The pipes were connected to a water heater and surrounded the coal/ wood area, as the water got hot it would rise into the water heater and then pressure would send it to the upper floors where each bedroom and their own sink. There are two full bathrooms up stairs.
The fire box was full of newsprint wadded up around matches. The dates we found were 1925-1926. as we dug deeper we found egg shells, onion skins, pieces of chicken bone, Hair pins, a shell buttom
The house water and rooms were mainly heated with coal. The residue on the walls and everywhere reflects that time period. Gas ranges were developed in the early 1900.
In the fire box
As we dug deeper we found egg shells, onion skins, pieces of chicken bone, Hair pins, We think the hooked metal was around fowl legs.
Things that didn't burn
Three bottles, one unbroken a shell button and a lid to amilk container from and oakland company
Inside the oven
Inside we found a metal bar in the back and a piece of a broken Iron.I think it was to even out the heat.