Interesting facts about the Russian stove

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  1. Stove-makers in Russia were highly respected. After all, the stove played a huge role in the life of every family. She heated the house, cooked food in the stove, and warmed up on a lounger, returning home from the cold or being treated for a cold. Therefore, a plentiful treat for the stove-maker was considered mandatory: he could make a solid stove that would last for many years, but he could also do harm. It was enough to put a brick incorrectly or hide an empty bottle in a chimney, and the life of the owners would become unbearable - the stove would start humming and whistling, and the smoke would go not into the chimney, but into the house.
  2. The 19th century Russian writer Vasily Alekseevich Sleptsov is now remembered by very few. But, they say that it was thanks to Sleptsov that such an expression appeared: "To dance from the stove." He has a work called "The Good Man". The main character, Sergei Terebenev, returned home after years of wandering. He recalls how he was taught to dance many years ago. Little Seryozha stands by the stove, then, at the command of the teacher, takes the first steps, but quickly gets out of step. The mentor reproaches him for his awkwardness and sends him back to the stove to start all over again.
  3. Our ancestors used the stove to predict the weather. It was believed that if there is a strong thrust in it, then severe frosts will soon hit. A weak craving, on the contrary, is for a thaw. If the wood began to hiss in the stove, this indicated the approach of a strong blizzard.
  4. The largest Russian stove is located in the Kaluga region. Here, in the Borovsk district, a giant furnace 11 meters high is installed. True, the stove itself is decorative, you can go inside, where there is a small cafe of Russian dishes. They are also cooked in the oven, but it is much smaller in size.
  5. In ancient times, Russian stoves, as well as European ones, were heated "in black". The smoke came out into the hut, heating the room, and then evaporated through a special hole called the mouth. Moreover, the smoke not only warmed the hut, but also destroyed insects. Smoked wood was less exposed to rotting. Over time, they began to use exhaust pipes, which were made of wood. But, they were fire hazardous. By decree of Peter the Great, since 1718, such pipes were banned from using in St. Petersburg, and a few years later in Moscow. Pipes were made of bricks. They were prescribed to be cleaned regularly. In addition to stove makers, chimney sweeps also appeared in large cities of Russia.
  6. In the famous Russian fairy tale "By the Pike's Command" Emelya goes to the royal palace on the stove. In 1938, a black-and-white film was shot at Mosfilm based on this tale. During the filming, a curiosity occurred - they did not manage to finish the picture in winter. The writers found a way out: Emelya made a wish, which was not in the fairy tale: "Turn around, fierce winter, red in summer." And the shooting continued.
  7. On December 17, 1837, a fire broke out in the Winter Palace of St. Petersburg. It was possible to extinguish it only after three days. Then the engineer N.A. Ammosov proposed to install safer pneumatic furnaces. Hot air rose through special channels, heating the halls and rooms. The idea was approved by Nikolai the First. The engineer received an award - 1, 500 dessiatines of land and a gold medal. True, the next emperor, Alexander II, had diseased lungs. And pneumatic ovens dried indoor air. Ammosov's project was declared unsuccessful, the pneumatic furnaces were dismantled.