Potbelly Stoves – America’s Antique Stove
Manufactured c.1880 – 1940
The potbelly stove is an American classic. Railroad stoves and caboose stoves heated railroad depots and train stations and train cars. The pot belly stove accompanied many American pioneers as they traversed this country. Potbelly stoves and heaters found home in public buildings and gathering places. Every one-room schoolhouse, church and general store heated with a wood stoves or a coal stove. A cornerstone of the American home, many of Norman Rockwell’s best known pieces include potbelly stoves and cylinder stoves.
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.
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.