Excerpt from Hardware, Vol. 2: Jan. 3, 1890
A coal cook stove or range should never be filled up with coal higher than the fire back, a little lower is better. The oven can be heated hotter and quicker with the coal at the height mentioned. To keep a clean coal fire don't put wood on top of the coal, don't put sweepings and kitchen refuse on the coal. It is a common practice for cooks to dispose of kitchen refuse in this way, and a good plan it is, too, to destroy it by burn ing it; but it will destroy the fire when a good hot oven is wanted. Keep the grate clean and free from dead ashes and clinkers. Don't allow ashes to accumulate under the grate in the ash pan. Many grates are de stroyed by neglecting to remove the ashes. With a clean fire and the fire box about two thirds full, the coal stove or range should do its work right.
It it extravagant in fuel and injurious to stove plates to fill up the fire box so full that the covers will hardly fit down in their place. Once the art of managing a coal fire is acquired wo'od is considered at a discount, and would not be used in preference to coal.
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