Stove blackening protects the stove from rust and takes a high polish. If applied frequently and not overdone, the range will always look like new. A common fault is to put on too much blacking, leaving a surplus that smooches the bottoms of pans and rubs off on the clothing.

Modern ranges of the better class now show little of the raised scroll designs that formerly covered the sides and made a great deal of extra work in blacking.

Ranges finished in enamel are easily cleaned with a damp cloth and require no blacking.

Repeated overheating of the top in time causes a burning off of its original finish, leaving a dull surface.

Whenever the top gets red hot, check the fire immediately. Frequent overheating Causes warping and expanding and sometimes cracking of the covers.

If the range is in a cottage that is closed during the winter, it is a good plan to take down the stovepipe and put it away in a dry place. Also if the range has a waterfront or coil for hot water, extra care must be taken to drain the pipes dry before closing the house.