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No description of Canadian housing would be complete without mentioning fireplaces and stoves. In a country with long winters, the fireplace or stove was very important. It was the central point in the home. Since the Canadian climate was particularly cold, fireplaces and stoves remained lit a good portion of the year. Yet the settlers never had to worry about fuel since they found more than they needed on their own land, close to home. As winter approached, everyone hurried to bring in a supply of wood.

Since the stove or fireplace was not sufficient to heat an entire house, the settlers used various devices to warm up their beds, such as the bed warming pan and the hot water bottle. The bed warming pan appeared in the early days of New France and continued to be used until the following century while the hot water bottle only came into use as of the second half of the 18th century.

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Bed warmer

Bed warmer
1994.598

Hot water bottle

Hot water bottle
1994.616.1

Hot water bottle

Hot water bottle
1994.616.2

Hot water bottle

Hot water bottle
1996.616.3

Andiron

Andiron
Early 18th century
1994.66.1-2

Fireplace bellows

Fireplace bellows
Early 19th century
1994.65

Bellows

Bellows
1994.449