Photo Friday: The Grate is Great


Frankie found a good source of heat in our house and has been spending a lot of time there.

35 thoughts on “Photo Friday: The Grate is Great

  1. databbiesotrouttowne

    dood….ya knead a hammick over de grate ta chillax in !!! and knot post ree lated tho we did wanna say we hope ewe haz a merree Christmas anda happee healthee blessed 2021 !! 🙂 ☺☺♥♥ we iz headed ta knot on line land for a few ☺☺☺♥♥♥ see ya soon ~~~~

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  2. David

    My cats all have found value on sitting next to a vent. Miss Egypt, she used to lay on top of it if she needed a good warm-up. Other times, they like to listen to the furnace at work. 🙂

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I guess they like heat. Our house in Florida has floor vents that the cats did not pay attention to but I’m sure that is because we ran the air conditioner way more than the heat

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          1. The Hinoeuma

            Yep. Thought so. It may have been re-worked over time but, that house, originally, had an oil furnace. My paternal GPs houses (they owned several and had renters) all had floor grates like yours. That’s an oil furnace system. It’s really neat that no one decided to rip out the vents or cover up the holes in the floor and just converted the heat to gas. The house I live in, now, had an oil furnace at one time. You can see where the wood was replaced in the floor. In 1972, my GPs remodeled their homes, covered up the holes and brought in central air/heat.

            My maternal GPs had a coal stove. It was a small, self-contained unit. There was no central vent system. In fact, I’ve never heard of any kind of central venting system with coal except the stove pipe going straight up into the ceiling and out of the roof. Coal stoves were like fireplaces…situated in one place, only. Coal doesn’t burn clean. Ever seen a coal-powered plant? Black smoke. Coal stoves are good for radiant heat but, to have the air blown around? No. Same with wood burning stoves/fireplaces. You either have a hearth and a chimney or you have a closed door, self-contained unit with a pipe. You may, indeed, have a coal burning stove in your cellar but, it wouldn’t heat the whole house via the existing vent system.

            A home with an oil furnace and the corresponding vent system was a sign of wealth for its time. It took money to build a home with a venting system and have oil delivered on a regular basis. Poorer folks built smaller houses with fireplaces or coal stoves.

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            1. Charles Huss Post author

              That makes sense. I wondered about how a coal furnace would work because I knew it would not burn clean. I have been hearing a lot of stories since I moved in and I am sure that half of them are wrong, or at least partially wrong.

              One guy even talked about George Washington staying in this town and about the upstairs being slave quarters. I wanted to say there were no slaves in 1900 and even if there were, West Virginia was technically a Northern state. In addition, while George Washington owned this land, there wasn’t a town here during that time. Of course, I just smiled and pretended his stories were interesting.

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                1. Charles Huss Post author

                  We bought a couple of books about the history of this area. As soon as I have time I want to read them by the way, there is a 3′ x 5′ grate in the home that covers a 10 to 15 foot deep shaft that I assume
                  Feeds air into the heating system. I’m actually a bit afaid to step on it.

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