Cleaning the Stove

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Wednesday, April 12, 1911: I went over to Stout’s this afternoon, for I want to escape the home atmosphere, Pa and Ma having just cleaned the kitchen stove.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma probably was referring to the smoky soot and ash which has been dispersed into the air as a result of cleaning the stove pipe.

Some of you know much more about wood  and coal stoves than I do, but my understanding is that stove pipes need to be cleaned once a year to get rid of the build-up of soot and creosote. A hundred years ago today it probably was a nice warm spring day, so Grandma’s parents decided to let the fire go out and clean the stove—Sounds like the perfect time for Grandma to decide to go visit her friend Carrie Stout.

2 Responses

  1. When my husband cleans out our stove pipe, he disconnects the pipe from the stove and puts a bag over it so that when he goes on the roof and brushes down the pipe the soot goes into the bag and not all over the place. Works very well.

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