- Bram van Munster
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Keeping your home functional was a daily chore in the 1800's. Whether is was a sod-cabin, a log-cabin, the basic tasks were pretty much the same. One of the most important things to have was wood.
Depending on the size of the house, you would need more than the fuel just to keep it warm, it was also used for light, cooking, baking, ashes were repurposed, and that was just the basics.
When there is no electricity, you're dependent on oil or fat for lights when the sun went down. Especially with homesteads that just started out, that meant you didn't have any, so people went to sleep when the sun went down, and got up "when the rooster got up".
Of course you needed animals to get the fat, and the homesteaders that didn't have livestock yet, simply had to hunt in order to keep the lights on in the house. Every land dwelling animal has at least a bit of fat, and of course meat to eat. Preserving the meat often meant you had to smoke it, as salt was an expensive commodity inlands. That meant having to have more wood and of course a smokehouse.
In essence, it was a survival situation that revolved around the stove. Heating up the iron, cooking, baking, making tea or coffee, things that made the house happy basically, just could not be done without the woodstove.
How many other uses can you think up for the woodstove?