|An example of a wood cook stove like Andi would see.|
A lot of the cook stoves had a warming tank alongside the stove top, where one could always find hot water ready to go for dishes or other needs. The wood was cut into stove-ready lengths and inserted into the small firebox. There was even an oven, where loaves of bread and roasts and everything else was cooked. The smoke went out the back and up and into a chimney or stovepipe, like any other wood stove. The wood cook stove was a state-of-the art piece of 1800s technology. The women who cooked on it could regulate the oven and stove-top temperature to a precise degree by adding and controlling the fire. They knew their stoves as well as modern women know theirs.
|Mrs. M's wood stove, with bread rising on it.|