Hundred-Year-Old Rapid Fireless Cooker Advertisement

Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1916)
Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1916)

When browsing through hundred-year-old cookbooks, I sometimes see fireless cooker recipes. Until I saw this 1916 advertisement for a Rapid Fireless Cooker I couldn’t quite figure out how they worked.

Fireless cookers were the crockpots of their day, and were quite popular in the early 1900’s. Food was first heated on the stove and then placed into a heavily insulated container to continue cooking.

 

26 thoughts on “Hundred-Year-Old Rapid Fireless Cooker Advertisement

  1. I was interested to see “Wear-ever” aluminum mentioned. I have two aluminum pans that belonged to my mother. One’s marked “MonarchWear” and one is “Club” aluminum. I didn’t realize there were so many brands back then — and I’ve never seen such a thing as this cooker. It’s very interesting, but I couldn’t help but wonder how much fuel savings would be involved, since you have to heat up the gizmo.

    1. My general sense is that aluminum pans were much more popular in the early 20th century than what they are now. I also wondered whether the fireless cooker saved much energy since most people had wood or coal stoves that were lit most of the time. Maybe people could let the fire go really low and were able to save energy when they used the fireless cooker. Now that I think about it, on hot summer days the fireless cooker might be a wonderful way to keep the kitchen a little cooler.

  2. I’m so glad you had the photo to go with the article. I never heard of a fireless cooker before. Wouldn’t the people who used it be amazed at our fireless cookers? — crockpots and microwave ovens.

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