This is a photo of Lovina's new coal-stove. It's pretty typical of what you see in Amish homes. This is a Hitzer brand stove. In the Eicher's case the stove sits in the basement where the heat then travels through vents to the rest of the home. It's very efficient. My understanding is that this stove also burns wood. Two to three tons of coal will get the average Amish family through the winter, depending on how severe and cold the weather is. But doesn't this look cozy? I could put a sleeping bag near that stove and drift off quite nicely:) You do have to watch how close you stand to a coal-stove. I remember wearing some running pants once to Elizabeth's (that lycra type material)....I guess I was in a real running kick then, I stood too close to the stove and the heat melted right through my pants. But even the most experience stove-owners can get seduced by the heat. Elizabeth's husband Ben had patches on the back of a few pairs of his pants from standing too close to the stove. So we always had a laugh about that.
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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.