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Intro Cooking / Stove Food Storage Shopping The 1900 Diet

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While the coal-fired range was much more dangerous and laborious than its modern equivalent, it was absolutely essential to the Victorian household. The integral appliance functioned not only as a cooker, boiler, and toaster, but also as a means of heating the home and providing hot water for bathing. If not properly tended, the engine of the house could explode without warning, and its highly inefficient design required it be fed coal 24 hours a day, since as much of seven-eighths of its heat went up the chimney. Maintaining the infernal beast was more of an art than a science, as it featured no dials for adjusting its temperature, and the most accurate way to check the heat was to put one's hand inside.

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