Re: Another mystery!

Ron Kley

Small portable stoves of this sort were used for heat in the cabin space of small boats along the Maine coast (and presumably elsewhere). Defnitely not for use in a mine where (a) explosive gasses might be present (especially in a coal mine), (b) space is not sufficiently confined to make such a small stove effective,(c) the flue gas, including carbon monoxide, would be toxic, and (d) heat would not be needed, since underground temoeratures are not all that cold if you’re working as hard as miners do.