A love of stove is as old as humanity itself. It has kept us warm, cooked our food, given us comfort. And whilst we have other ways to fulfil those needs nothing comes as close as a real stove in doing so.
It appeals to us somewhere deep inside. Whether knowing or unknowingly we appreciate that it has been central to the development of humankind.
Light a camp stove and we’ll all sit around basking in its glow. Enter a room with a roaring stove and you are immediately drawn to it. For years a stove in your home was the only source of heat for cooking and keeping us warm.
Time moved on and other forms of heating and cooking arrived. People moved to using oil, gas and electricity, for heating, and electricity and gas for cooking. But the use of stove still remained.
Usually when a new method for doing something appears the old way dies off. Not so with the use of stove. It isn’t just the practical aspect of it keeping us warm that has made it retain its appeal. Its that deep historical connection. The one that feels a sense of safety and comfort from a lit roaring stove. The one that is ingrained into our very nature.
Stoves In The Modern Age
Historically our Stoves, and stoves, have been simplistic and functional. They originated as stove pits but as we moved into better dwellings they developed too. Generally they were a simple brick construction built from the same bricks as the building in which they reside. But as time moved on so did the range and availability of stoves and Stoves as our love for stove refused to abate.
Now Stoves are made from a range of different materials including granite, marble, oak etc and stoves may be made either from traditional solid fuel like coal or even gas or electric. Whilst a coal or wood stove provides us with that common, traditional stove that we all recognise, we can see how important that ‘look’ really is as the other fuel types usually make a point of making their ‘stove’ look as realistic as possible.
It isn’t just the look of our Stoves that has changed. They have also become more effective. According to the design and material used in a stoves it can be much more heat efficient directing that much needed warmth where it is needed rather than being lost up a chimney.
Why We Love, And Will Continue To Love, A Stove
Love of a stove is quite a complex issue. If it was simply a matter of convenience our use of them may have died out long ago. They can be messy when it comes time to cleaning them out as the light ash floats into the air. But that doesn’t stop us from using them. Why?
A stove, especially a solid fuel stove, has a reliability not found elsewhere. Your electricity or oil may run out but you can still put a stove on. As someone who lives in an area where electrical blackouts are ridiculously common having a solid fuel stove can be a life saver especially in those winter months.
Stove provides a comfort and not just as it is a source of heat. There is a romanticism involved and a joy found in just basking in the warm glow it provides. A roaring stove makes you feel safe and warm.
Cuts Energy Costs
As oil and electricity prices continue to rise over the years the cost of running a stove in comparison has remained relatively low. Some Stoves are built in such a way that the heat they produce is also used to heat a water tank further saving on your energy costs.
Our love for Stoves is here to stay. Its enduring appeal continues and may do so for many, many years to come. The only problem one may encounter when buying a modern stove is just which one to pick as there are so many to choose from catering for a range of different needs and wants. And that’s not really a problem at all.