Why You Should Get Yourself A Pot Belly Stove


If there is anything that is a great symbol of Americana it is the pot belly stove, used in colonial times it was not just a source of heat for the family it was also where the meals were cooked in homes that had more wealth. Made of solid cast iron it was important for better heat distribution, insulation and for a longer lasting stove that the casting was done well. You could get more ornate antique wood burning stoves but the pot belly stove is more compact making it perfect for other areas like schoolhouses, general stores and rail stations. If you have watched Little House on the Prairie or old western films you may have seen this stove in some shots.

unique-pot-belly-stoveA lot of people have fond memories of this stove in the kitchen of their grandparents. Often because people gathered around its source of heat it was the room most often used, and where the family and guests would gather to talk and keep warm. Nowadays those kind of gathering and feelings are harder to come by with people often busy and in their spaces in larger homes. To try to recapture that time period and the feelings it invokes some people are installing antique stoves in their kitchen today.

As well as recreating a place to gather for the family there are other valid reasons for having a pot belly stove. Wood burning stoves are a great way to heat the home and it is often more economical than more modern means. Models after the 1990s that have the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency will cost about a third less than heating with a stove that is more traditional. While as mentioned cast iron is what the pot belly stove is known to be made from, modern makers can also make stainless steel stoves that have glass doors.

wood-under-pot-belly-stoveOr you can still have that traditional look but with up to date specs that make it more efficient. While they used to burn coal or wood, and you can still opt for that, you can also now more commonly use grains or wood pellets. It is also possible to have real vintage pot belly stoves that have been properly restored or you can have one converted for a charge to be able to use electricity or gas. Just make sure you have the right spot for it and that you have got the measurements right. Also make sure it can attach to the chimney to let the smoke out.

The pot belly stove can put out a lot of heat so it needs to be at a certain distance from anything that could catch fire, at least 3 feet. You also need to have good enough draft control so that if the temperature drops you can control the draft so the pot belly stove puts out more heat. There should also be an ash pan underneath to catch the ash from whatever you are choosing to burn and that should be easy to take out and empty.

A lot of people are attracted to the classic look of the pot belly stove and even over one hundred years old these things are still working great! If you have somewhere that is one roomed and needs a source of heating this could be a great option. It is fuel efficient and in today’s tough times when energy bills are hard to manage in the colder months this could really help you out.