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The history of the Beatrice Twin Kerosene Stove

Also referred to as a boiling stove, the Beatrice Twin Kerosene Stove first arrived on the scene in the early 1900s. Using a flat wick, it provided the necessary heat for cooking.

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According to Miles Stairs' Wick Shop, an early Beatrice stove made in the Beatrice Foundry in 1901 had an enamelled cast iron base. A later Harper Beatrice model was manufactured in Staffordshire, England, in the mid-1900s by John Harper and Company, Ltd. Both are similar in design and are odour free when burning.


As a cooking stove, the Beatrice Twin Kerosene could boil a teakettle of water in as little as 10 minutes with little soot or other residue. Its size made it popular for cooking during the summer months, removing the need for lighting a wood burning stove.


While best know for its cooking uses, the Beatrice stove was also capable of heating a small room.

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About the Author

Carolyn Kaberline

Carolyn Kaberline has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her articles have appeared in local, regional and national publications and have covered a variety of topics. In addition to writing, she's also a full-time high-school English and journalism teacher. Kaberline earned a Bachelor of Arts in technical journalism from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in education from Baker University.

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