Among the first stoves developed in America, the box stove was initially seen during the revolutionary war and used to heat the colonist soldiers. The small box stove was light and portable making them highly valued. Because of their compact nature and highly efficient heating capabilities, the popularity of the box stove was wide spread in both public and private use. Heating school, churches and meetinghouses, the box stove also found significant residential use in utility rooms and workshops, kitchens and bathrooms. An airtight wood box stove can take logs or small wood chunks. A cook lid at the top offers additional conveniences. Castings on the side and front of the stove are reflective of a developing industry as casting and manufacturing techniques became increasingly refined.

This medium-sized box stove looks like an ancient treasure chest. Buckle straps are pulled tightly across the belly of this stove. Standing on raised legs, the Medallion can load wood chunks from a front door. Cook lids on top can be used to make an evening coffee in the study or boil water to humidify dry air in a basement or workshop.

Ships set sail for warm weather on the side plates of this early box stove. A pointed lid, a rare feature, can be removed to make sure of the small cook lid underneath. The rough castings are indicative of its early origins, before casting techniques became highly refined. The great masted boats on the side of the stove also remind us of patriotic themes of the Federal era from which this stove came.

Box stoves are small stoves valued for their compact design and efficient burn. They come in three sizes with varying degrees of decoration. Early box stoves feature a Federal motif depicting stripes, stripes and other patriotic images. They were first seen during the Revolutionary war where they were particularly valued because they were very portable, their small size and efficient burn. More Victorian ones like the one that we are looking at here, which is made by the Ransom & Rathbone Company in Albany, NY, have floral designs featuring birds and scrollwork and what not. And they were often placed in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and other areas the people often occupied. More recent box stoves come in modern styles in their square and simple design. All box stoves load from the side and are based on a six-plate design meaning that there are four pieces that construct the sides and two on the top and bottom that makes six. This lip extends to prevent any ash from rolling out into your room. As you can see it loads from the side and has a small clean out area in front.