DePippo79 wrote:Hey guys I have a question geared to the old timers (who I really appreciate). I grew up in Lawrence, Ma which is a old mill city on the Merrimack river. Anyway alot of my friends lived in 3 deckers. What they used for heat usually on the second and third floors were gas space heaters in the living/parlor. In the kitchen was usually a gas stove with a heater on the side. So my question is where the space heaters were could there have been coal stoves there. I think most of these houses were built late 1800's early 1900's. My family was fortunate to have grown up in a two decker with steam heat on both floors. Oh if only I know then what I know now. Wish I had pictures of the two American? steam boilers in the basement and the original coal bins. Oh well I'm a history nut so any replies would be appreciated. Board seems slow. Thanks for the good reading, Matt
Most of those houses (as well as every other house East of the Mississippi was heated with coal at one time), Ive seen many of these old multy unit homes with huge coal boilers and furnaces in the basement. They then switched some years later to those kitchen stoves from the 30's-40's with gas heaters next to the gas oven and they plumbed in gas lights, etc.