Storing Logs in an Old Boiler

My dad’s house still has a wood stove. Not a fireplace, a wood stove. Anybody else? They also have a secondary heat source, so the fire doesn’t get lit as much as it did when I was growing up.

The other day, my stepmom showed me her super cool new – not new – firewood holder.

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I’ll freely admit I immediately felt a pang of jealousy. How cool is this old container?

My dad says it is a boiler. I need to do a little research to see what its actual, intended purpose was for.

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to hold firewood.

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My dad said you would heat or carry water in a boiler, back in the day. Maybe even bathe a child in it. Is he right? I’m not sure.

If he is, I’m going to add “indoor plumbing” to my list of things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. Carrying water in the house? Not my idea of a good time.

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The label on this boiler container says Portland, Oregon, and we think the major name on the label is “Martin.” I’m not sure what all of the handwritten numbers are meant to convey, but one of them looks like a price.

Now, my stepmom did say that not ALL of their firewood looks like this. HA! Actually, none of it looks like this, but she thought it made a great display piece and I agree.

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Can you believe this gem was hiding in an old storage shed they tore down on their property? I love to see old “treasures” incorporated into today’s decorating. I’m sure our ancestors never would have guessed that these everyday items are now making a happy style statement in our decorating today.

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