Antique Potbelly Stoves

Manufactured c.1880 – 1940

The Pot belly stove is an American classic heating railroad depots and cabooses. The pot belly stove accompanied many American pioneers as they traversed this country for the first time by locomotive. These portly heaters found a second home in public buildings and gathering places making the barrel stoves requisite in schools, churches and general stores.

Named for its bulging center, the potbelly burns wood or coal. Coming in a variety of sizes, they can heat from 2-5 rooms when fully loaded. A ribbed body augments the total heat output through increasing the surfaces area from which heat escapes. The pot belly stove is among the sturdiest ever constructed and will forever hold a unique place in America’s past. They are made in many sizes and many shapes to heat many different areas.

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Named for its bulging center, the potbelly burns wood or coal. Coming in a variety of sizes, they can heat from 2-5 rooms when fully loaded.

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