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Box stove

Box plate stoves, made in the 19th century, were commonly referred to as box stoves because they look like a rectangular box with a top, bottom, and four sides.  The front plate incorporated a loading door.  Beneath it, on the hearth, was a sliding plate used to control the air flow into the stove.  The bottom plate on these stoves extends out at the front to catch ashes when the loading door is opened.  The top plate had an exhaust flue in the back and sometimes a boiling hole toward the front.  Most box stoves made in this period had intricate designs on every plate.  The simple design of the box stove was popular throughout the 19th century, and still is today.

Box stoves as well as small parlor stoves of this era were commonly referred to as “4 o’clock stoves” because people lit them in the late afternoon to take the chill out of the bedroom before retiring for the evening.


cushion no.16 cir 1861 albany ny

The designer successfully created the illusion of a soft cushion design in the cast iron of this stove.  It was manufactured in five sizes with the No. 16 being the smallest.  This three-legged box stove is in excellent condition.

24" Long  X 19" High X 14" Wide



Box stove pat. 1848 c.w. warnick

The designer of this three-legged box stove incorporated flowers in his design.  Even the original boiling hole cover has flowers that resemble lilies.  To make this stove more efficient, a deflector plate was added in the top of the firebox which directed the flow back toward the front before it exited the flue pipe.

27" Long X 18" High X 16" Wide