The Old Farmer's Daughter has little tidbits of useful knowledge from the old days worked into stories of life on the farm, Growing up on a family farm, farming and housekeeping in the 1950s, Barns farms and the farmhouse, try to post new story every Monday....
Monday, January 9, 2017
Warm radiators and furnace
Its winter on the farm.
The Old Farmer stokes up the coal furnace in the basement.
The is a twice a day job. You shovel out the ashes in the bottom,
Then shake a grate handle on front of furnace. The cinders and smaller coals
fall through and the hot bigger coals remain on top of the grate.
By the next shift any hot coals that fell through are burned out and safe to shovel out again.
Then in goes a couple big shovels full of new coal.
In the fall the Old Farmer had let any air pockets out of the radiators
with the radiator key. This was called bleeding the system. Sometimes
during the winter this process was repeated if there was an air block
and the hot water wasn't circulating.
Hot water would circulate through the radiators and they were toasty warm.
There was nothing like coming in the house from the cold and sitting
by a radiator and warming up with a cup of cocoa.
They were also a great place to dry our snowsuits and boots!
I remember being home from school sick in the winter.
The Old Farmer's Wife would bundle me up in a blanket
on a chair by the radiator in the kitchen. Then was she could
do her work and keep an eye on me.
And the Old Farmer's would go outside the big windows and build