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wood heaters

updated tue 5 sep 00


Sheron Roberts on mon 4 sep 00

I use a small wood stove to=20
heat my studio. The flue goes
up and out through the roof.
The stovepipe, as well as the
stove itself, radiates heat.
We purchased a cord of wood
last winter for 40.00 dollars
and used it in the house in the
fire place as well as the studio
and still have wood left over.
Understand that wood is not
our primary heat source for the
house. But it was for the studio
and I work in the studio mostly
in the evenings and at night
when it is the coldest. Once the
fire is started and the door closed
and the dampers adjusted I=20
seldom had to bother with it.
I like the nostalgia of using the
stove, reminds me of my grandparents
home, which was heated by fireplaces
and a pot belly stove.
The following is an excerpt from a poem
I wrote about the house my granddad
built himself. I wish the tools he used
were still around.
The Wash Room

The rooster crows its scorn

to the chill gray=20

of first light

the crack of dawn

that heralds the morn

side meat sizzling in a black skillet

sends its siren smell

to lure us from the cocoon warmth

of feather beds

scuttling 'cross cold wooden floors

trailing quilts like little Indians

with a need to get somewhere

we huddle in the washroom

just off the kitchen

Shivering our gratitude

to the potbelly stove

with a crack in its side

that glowed bright orange red

as we dressed

to keep from freezing

in the house with no insulation.

An arthritic hand pump=20

stood in the corner

guarding an enamel sink

creaking in protest

as we pumped it up and down

sending sweet well water

gushing from its mouth.

Cold and clean

to be heated on the stove=20

for washing.

I can still smell that water,

nothing like it anymore.

Once dressed and properly shod

we filled our bellies

with the glue of grits

and hot biscuits

waiting on the oil clothe table

and planned our day=20

around the zillion games to be played

in the house granddaddy built.

Sheron Roberts