Welcome back to Temple, NH! Today I would like to show you around the brickwork in the home. This home originally had at least 3 fireplaces plus the beehive oven and other brickwork in the kitchen relating to cooking.
Here is the Amity wood stove (circa 1984) in the kitchen with the smoke directed up a chimney that might have been for an open hearth in earlier days. The stove is available for sale at ReHouse for $295. It measures 23x30x20 and includes the original owner’s manual and a few extra pieces but no stovepipe.
There is also a small oven door to the right which houses the beehive oven and below that a door to clean out the ashes. You can see that the slate under the cast iron stove is relatively modern and the floor to the right of it has been patched. This area was probably a larger/deeper hearth for the original cooking fireplace.
I found some interesting information about beehive ovens on Wikipedia. “In the thirteen colonies that later became the United States, most households had a beehive oven. The beehive oven typically took two to three hours to heat, occasionally even four hours in the winter. Breads were baked first when the beehive oven was hottest, with other baked items such as cinnamon buns, cakes, and pies. As the oven cooled, muffins and “biscuits” could be baked, along with puddings and custards. After a day’s baking there was typically sufficient heat to dry apples and other fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Pots of beans were often placed in the back of the oven to cook slowly overnight.” The beehive oven was almost certainly an original feature of this home’s kitchen.
Here you can see the beehive oven from above and the fireplace from the next room which shared the chimney. I believe this is the fireplace in the white paneled room below.
The white mantle is available at ReHouse. It does not include any of the other paneling that surrounds it. It measures 60x51x7 and is priced at $110.
Here are two other fireplaces and chimneys as they are being deconstructed. You may be asking yourself, “What did they do with all that brick?” This brick was made differently than most brick we deal with in building today. It should be used inside to avoid deterioration, and quite a bit of it has already been resold by Deconstruction Works for other projects around New England.
Imagine all the loaves of bread and pots of broth these bricks have seen. How many tubs of bathwater they have heated, how many guests they have warmed, how many meals they have cooked, how many loads of laundry they have boiled. What will their lives be next?