The home fires


Cast-iron stove from L. Langes Iron Foundry in Svendborg. Cast-iron stoves became widespread in both town and countryside from about 1870. The stove belongs to Svendborg Museum, but is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: René Riis.

Intro

From about 1870, cast-iron stoves became widespread in both town and countryside. The stove meant that it was always warm in the kitchen, and this became the place where families gathered. The new way of cooking also brought on changes in the menu.

A place to live

A place to live The lay-out of dwellings has changed over time, but it has always met people’s basic requirements: a roof over their heads and a place to sleep and eat. In the past, home and work were one and the same, but nowadays most people of Funen live far away from their place of work. The home fires From about 1870, cast-iron stoves became widespread in both town and countryside. The stove meant that it was always warm in the kitchen, and this became the place where families gathered. There was always hot water in the boiler, and the housewife skilfully controlled the heat under the pans. This location is part of the exhibition 'Funen – at the centre of the universe', at Møntergården in Odense. Read more about the exhibition on our website.