Antique Pot Belly Stoves - An American Classic Heating Railroads, Stores & Homes
Manufactured C. 1880 - 1940 ~ We Convert Heating Stoves to Propane, Gas and Electric
The Potbelly stove is an American classic which historically heated railroad depots and train cabooses. Potbelly stoves could be found on locomotives as Americans began to traverse the entire expanse of the country by rail. These portly heaters found a second home in public buildings and gathering places which established these barrel stoves as the centerpiece of social activity in schools, in churches, town halls and meeting houses.
Named for its bulging center, the potbelly burns wood or coal. Coming in a variety of sizes, they can heat 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 American history.