question regarding laundry stoves and irons

 
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Post by gardener » Mon. Jun. 29, 2020 2:02 pm

I saw this online while doing a search, I think it was on pinterest, so not sure if there is a website that talks about it. It looks small, and I don't know what fuel it burned. For a laundry stove it looks miniature. Would the bottom flat portion where the legs attach be used to rest and heat irons on also?

 
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Post by mntbugy » Mon. Jun. 29, 2020 3:32 pm

Your pic is a Goddin France1893.

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Post by mntbugy » Mon. Jun. 29, 2020 3:37 pm

18 inch high version.

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Post by gardener » Tue. Jun. 30, 2020 8:31 am

Those are interesting. They are both coal stoves?

 
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Post by gardener » Tue. Jun. 30, 2020 8:34 am

I suppose something I don't feel like I comprehend is,
for laundry stoves, many were portable, so they would be taken outside?
but for iron heating stoves, they would be setup with their own chimney in the house/hotel? ... cause these three recent photos of small iron heating stoves look ultra portable; would people do the ironing outside?


 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Tue. Jun. 30, 2020 11:37 am

gardener wrote:
Tue. Jun. 30, 2020 8:34 am
I suppose something I don't feel like I comprehend is,
for laundry stoves, many were portable, so they would be taken outside?
but for iron heating stoves, they would be setup with their own chimney in the house/hotel? ... cause these three recent photos of small iron heating stoves look ultra portable; would people do the ironing outside?
Before the days of washing machines, dryers, electric irons, and BBQ grills, a lot of cooking and washing was done outdoors. It was messy and hot. Very often laundry was such a big job that it was only done one day a week and took up most of the day for an average sized family, which were larger than modern families. That meant a lot of space was needed to heat large tubs of water -often brought from an outside well - plus have space to setup scrub and rinse tubs and clothes lines to hang up sheets and clothes.

And because of the heat of running a kitchen stove to do the daily cooking, weekly bread making, and canning winter food, many moved the kitchen stove/range out to a "Summer kitchen". Either on a covered back porch, or in a shed close to the house.

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Post by gardener » Thu. Aug. 27, 2020 3:13 pm

Like the depictions in my first two posts of this thread, I finally found this high resolution photo of a similar laundry stove. I have been wondering what the lobed skirt is for on these types of laundry stoves. The skirt is not holding the irons in/down, and on the profile of the iron to the left you can see there is no divider to keep the irons separated. The skirt looks like it is more than decorative, perhaps it acts as an umbrella to the irons and iron heating shelf if a pot of water on the top sloshed over or boiled over??? but where the skirt is incised to make room for the iron handles it looks like water falling there would not get blocked and wet the iron and heating shelf.

Anyone know or have ideas?

 
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Post by gardener » Fri. Dec. 18, 2020 2:05 pm

Saw this on in the J. Reynolds & Son (1880) catalog. It is labeled an iron heater. Pictured is the number 2 that can heat 32 irons simultaneously. What caught my attention was the description says it "of different sizes to heat from 9 or 100 irons".

Wow 100 irons! Too bad they don't have a picture of that size.

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Post by gardener » Mon. Mar. 29, 2021 8:38 am

What would the rail around this laundry stove have been used for?

I don't recall ever seeing a foot rest on a small laundry stove like this, there is barely enough room to get a foot in there.
I have seen laundry stoves like this with firepots with flattened sides in order to rest irons against the outside of the firepot, but the firepot on this one is ribbed and rounded. An iron would have very little contact... I imagine.

 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Mon. Mar. 29, 2021 2:45 pm

Not for the earlier Sad iron types, but the later flat irons. You turn a flat iron's pointy end down and sit it in the rail spaces to heat up. With an unlined firepot you don't have to have full iron base contact. The radiant heat is enough. Looks like it holds eight flat irons.

They don't hold heat long like a modern iron, so the cloth ironing chore goes faster if you have several irons re-heating as you use one. In a place like hotels and boarding houses (much more common back then), there would be A LOT of laundry to do. Those laundry stoves with racks for lots of irons, like the 30 iron model were usually advertised for hotels.

The versions that hold fewer irons were popular for home use. In the days before washing machines and laundromats, it was common for house wives to "take in laundry" from boarders and neighbors, to earn more income for the family.

Even if just for the household, laundry was a big job, so it was usually done one day of the week. And with family's clothes, table cloths, and bed sheets (yup they ironed it all) it could be hours of ironing.

I have several irons, both flat and sad iron styles. I cleaned up the bottoms and tried using them to iron some cotton clothing. It's amazing how quickly they lose the proper amount of heat to get wrinkles out of even one clothing item. Took using three irons just to keep going - two reheating on the range's cooktop while ironing with the third.

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Post by Wal » Tue. Mar. 30, 2021 7:45 am

Just seen this thread, if anyone is interested there is a laundry stove for sale on eBay .

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Post by gardener » Fri. Apr. 02, 2021 1:46 pm

thanks Paul

nice find Wal, so is that a No. 18 ?

 
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Post by Wal » Fri. Apr. 02, 2021 1:55 pm

Not sure , but presume it’s the one that can hold the most irons 🤔

 
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Post by Wal » Sat. Apr. 03, 2021 5:27 am

Here is another one , your side of the pond this time 👍

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