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