Mark Twain comments on Masonry Stoves

 Apparently Mr. Twain travelled to Europe and experienced the heat-storing fireplace first-hand, and here’s what he had to say:
     “All day long and until past midnight all parts of the room will be delightfully warm and comfortable…it’s surface is not hot; you can put your hand on it anywhere and not get burnt.
     Consider these things. One firing is enough for the day; the cost is next to nothing; the heat produced is the same all day, instead of too hot and too cold by turns..
     America could adopt this stove, but does America do it? No, she sticks placidly to her own fearful and wonderful inventions in the stove line. The American wood stove, of whatever breed, is a terror. It requires more attention than a baby. It has to be fed every little while, it has to be watched all the time; and for all reward you are roasted half your time and frozen the other half… and when your wood bill comes in you think you have been supporting a volcano.
     It is certainly strange that useful customs and devices do not spread from country to country with more facility and promptness than they do.”

-Mark Twain

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