How Do The Amish Heat Their Homes?


By Tobin Dimmitt


How Do The Amish Heat Their Homes?One of the most notable characteristics with Amish communities is their decision to not use traditional electricity provided by the municipal power grid. Now that we’re in the dead of winter, though, you might be wondering how they are able to keep their homes warm and comfortable for all the members of their family. After all, it’s hard enough trying to keep your home warm using central heating, so how in the world are Amish communities able to accomplish this? Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the heating methods used by Amish communities.


The oldest form and arguably most effective form of home heating, fireplaces, are one of the ways Amish families keep their homes warm during the winter. Their religious beliefs prevent them from using luxury items like electric-powered central heating, as they believe this sway them on a path away from gold. Amish families can, however, use traditional fireplaces to warm the inside of their home. As long as it’s not below-freezing outside, this is usually more than enough to create a comfortable living environment for an Amish family. Before going to bed, Amish families will center around the fireplace where they can converse and enjoy the company of another.


Wood-Burning Stoves
Many Amish families also use wood-burning stoves to heat their home to a comfortable temperature. Depending on how large it is, a wood-burning stove can provide quite a significant amount of heat, especially if the area around it is open. When homes are first being built in Amish communities, they will typically build the stove in the center of the house where it will provide the greatest amount of heat. In addition to generating heat, wood-burning stoves are also used to cook food and meals with, which is just another benefit associated with their use.


Coal Furnace
Lastly, some Amish homes have coal furnaces built into them. As the name suggests, these furnaces are powered by lumps of coal which are thrown into a large fire pit. The coals tend to stay fire-hot for a longer period of time than wood, making them an effective way to heat a home. Of course the downside to using one is that it requires a constant supply of coal, which can become scarce deep in the winter months. As a result, only a select few Amish homes are built with coal furnaces insiasde them. Instead, most of Amish use wither fireplaces or wood-burning stoves to provide the necessary heat during the winter.

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