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A pot belly stove is a type of wood burning stove which is constructed from cast iron. They are easily distinguished from other antique wood burning stoves by their barrel shaped body which bulges slightly in the middle. That bulge seems to be the likely reason for using the name Potbelly. Compared to other types of wood burning stoves they are a bit smaller and much shorter. These days the antique wood burning stoves are witnessing a revival in popularity among the vast majority of American consumers. Antique wood stoves come in several diverse types such as Box, Cylinder, Parlor and Potbelly.
In the earlier days of their development, they were often used for heating school houses, railroad stations and general stores. As their popularity develops, they began being used to warm the American homes too. The wood used for fuel is readily available and so these stoves provided a very economical and efficient method of keeping large rooms warm. The potbelly stoves have been a part of American tradition fro many years and more then likely will continue to be a mainstream of Americana design. These stoves represent the earlier design versions prior to the wood burning stoves.
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The potbellies have become the choice for many people due to a vast array of reasons. They are perfect for old remodeled house, Victorian or old fashioned houses, hotels with some sort of historical theme as well as for museums. They are a highly ornamented item and quite stylish making them the ideal piece of furniture for decorating your home.