RDP Friday: Furnace

Looks like the days of this old furnace are now long gone but it still has its place outside for all to see.

I grew up with a furnace of sorts. Our house had no central heating it was all done with coal. We had a fire place and in Winter my mum would clean out the coals from the day before. She would then take newspaper and screw it up together and put it at the bottom of the fire place. Then there would be a layer of wood and afterwards the coal. If it was good quality coal it would burn niceley, but the cheaper sort would tend to spit out of the fire and you had to be careful you did not get any sparks on your clothes. After about a hour the coal would glow and give out its heat. Now and again you had to add pieces of coal to keep it going. Yes they were the days. Now and again we had to have the chimney sweep to clean out the soot, otherwise it would begin to burn in the chimney, get very smokey and smell.

RDP Friday: Furnace

7 thoughts on “RDP Friday: Furnace

  1. When I first came to Australia we had a wood burning Range and not an electric oven. In the next place, the one we were building for is ourselves – there was no electricity in the main house and I did homework by keroscene lantern.

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    • In Switzerland heating is mainly done by oil, although the newer buildings have electricity. I grew up in East London in the dockland area which was badly damaged in the war. What was your original country?

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  2. My house is one of the “newer” ones in Monte Vista. My near neighbors houses all have a door for coal delivery and a spot in the basement where the coal landed. My house has always had a little gas furnace in the floor in the living room. That says that sometime in the 1920s, some big changes happened in Monte Vista, Colorado (and that might have been the last time, ha ha)

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