The fireplace had its advantages and disadvantages. — – In the homes of the pioneers the chief feature was the fireplace, wide and open to the sky. In those pioneer days they did not have stoves of any sort. At the outside the fireplaces were made of hardwood logs. It often happened that the fireplaces caught fire and endangered the house itself. It was surprising, however, how long a log fireplace made of oak or ironwood lasted. In winter, fires had to be kept going constantly in the fireplaces, or the cold air would come down the chimney and ‘ freeze the house, usually a place of one room.
One man I talked to today had experience with an open fireplace in his boyhood days. He says he has, however, tender recollections of them as on windy days the smoke they emitted used to be blown back into the house nearly suffocating everybody. If the front door was opened to let the smoke out, the draught would blow the sparks from the fireplace over the floor. He said he could still smell that fireplace smoke yet. The fireplaces, despite their drawbacks, served a good purpose and many a fine and tasty meal has been cooked in them. Fireplace cooking may be a lost skill, but it’s one you can regain with a little practice.
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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.