The Pot belly stove is an American classic heating railroad depots and cabooses. The pot belly stove accompanied many American pioneers as they traversed this country for the first time by locomotive.

These portly heaters found a second home in public buildings ad gathering places establishing these barrel stoves as the center piece of social activity in schools, in churches, town halls and meeting houses. And of course, the local general store.

Named for its bulging center, the potbelly burns wood or coal. Coming in a variety of sizes, they can heat from 2-5 rooms when fully loaded. A ribbed body augments the total heat output through increasing the surfaces area from which heat escapes. The pot belly stove is among the sturdiest ever constructed and will forever hold a unique place in America's past.

The stove I am sitting next to is a pot belly stove. These are made in many sizes and many shapes to heat many different areas. This stove weighs approximately 300 pounds. Potbelly stoves were often used in railroads and on railroad cars. When they were used they, they had a lot of safety features including skirts to prevent people from bumping into the stove and hurting themselves. It has a large mushroom lid you could use to cook on and it has a raised lip so nothing could spill off. Sometimes they had poles that went straight down to the ground so that you could actually attach it to the floor of the train car so that it could not tip over at all. Often times the draft controls locked so that only the conductor could adjust the heat and temperature within the railroad car itself. Potbellies are really terrific heaters!

The Station Agent was first built by the Boston and Maine Railroad Company for use in their railroad cars. A large 18 inch mushroom top can be used for cooking with large pots and pans. The ridged body helps increase heat output with the additional surface area. A large potbelly such as the Station Agent is capable of burning for up to 12 hours. The Station Agent is certain to be central to your cooking and heating needs no matter where the stove is placed whether in a workshop, barn, studio or basement.

An enchanting pot belly from our northern neighbor of Canada, the Red Cloud has charm unmatched. The utilitarian nature of this potbelly stove finds an aesthetic compliment with subtle nickel highlights. Silhouetted skirts extend away from the stove to protect passersby from accidental bumps. The name Red Cloud is imprinted on the stove's base. The Red Cloud is a perfect combination of quaint castings and functionality.

The New Era Caboose stove has a large diameter so that it can be fully loaded and burn for an extended period heating up to five rooms. Vertical ribs help to increase total heat output. This barrel stove would have been used for the primary heat source for a general store or workshop and no doubt would have been the treasured hearth around which people gathered to warm their hands after a bout with winter's could and exchange stories over hot chocolate brewed on the New Era's large cook lid.