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Summer Kitchen
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deadcarp    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:18:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nowdays we have a gas stove in the porch but years ago, it was ideal. Gramma had a summer kitchen right with the bath-house, that is to say there were 2 rooms together. One was the sauna, with a barrel stove benches and rocks, then thru the door was the summer kitchen. It held a cookstove and (gasoline Maytag) wash machine and was used alot - served as a dressing room for the sauna and a place to keep a copper boiler of water hot. Then in daytime it was the laundry room and she could cook or bake all she wanted without getting her kitchen hot. We ground & wrapped meat out there, made soap, rag rugs and so many things. Why did they ever go out of style?

Michele in VA    Posted 06-24-2004 at 16:07:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here's a picture of the summer kitchen to our house. A breezeway, where the little columns are, now connects it to the main house.

Summer kitchen was originally wood, rebuilt sometime in the 1900's. The original stone chimney, built circa 1812, is still there, as you can see, although it's painted white.


Bob/Ont    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:59:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take out food and airconditioners I bet.
Later Bob

Not out of style with me    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:51:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My next project at the house is a detached summer
kitchen/pottery studio and extra storage. Maybe even a
little pool with it. Have this idea of a grotto under the


screaminghollow    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cause today we have gas grills out on the porch and or patio. We also have airconditioning in the house.

All that's left of our summer kitchen is the foundation. I thought about trying to build a windowed enclosure for a hot tub on it. Thought it might be nice to sit in the hot tub and watch the snow come down. But a neighbor told me their windows just steam up and can't see out anyway.

We also been thinking of adding a fireplace and old fashioned brick oven to the corner of the kitchen. Someday maybe. (I toured a home in Virginia that had a barbeque pit with doors etc in the corner of the kitchen. They loved barbeque so much, they were able to make some closed pit barbeque without leaving the house.)

Clod    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:45:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well,, they didnt go out of style..The boys took the Maytag motor and used them to power their bicycles.

bill b va    Posted 06-23-2004 at 11:33:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

yes .. clod i did exactly that in the late 40s . not very powerful though . i ordered a rear wheel drive pulley for a whizzer motor bike the rest i made my self . jack shaft and belt tightner clutch with idler pulley . my finger once went around under the belt and pulley before i got the clutch rigged

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