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Old 06-06-2020, 10:19 PM
Alex A Alex A is offline
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Default What is This Gigantic Thing?

https://imgur.com/a/XFnhxAq

Is this a camp oven? I can't imagine cooking something in this!
It's 25" long, 12" wide, and 10" high
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Old 06-06-2020, 10:24 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: What is This Gigantic Thing?

It's called a ham boiler. A popular enough implement that toy versions were made.
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Old 06-06-2020, 11:01 PM
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Alex, did you buy it? It's a great find, at the right price.
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Old 06-06-2020, 11:43 PM
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Default Re: What is This Gigantic Thing?

Thanks Doug.
I didn't buy it yet. I have no real use for it, but it's so visually striking I may go get it anyway. I just have to come up with a place to put it that my wife will approve of!

Why did people make ham boilers (and teapots for that matter!) out of a material that is so prone to rust?
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:28 AM
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Alex A, when you boil tea, it creates a protective surface onto the tea pot that prevents it from rusting. I don't know how long it lasts, but the Chinese have been making tea in cast iron pots for centuries.

Ham boilers I'm not sure of.
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Old 06-10-2020, 06:32 PM
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Default Re: What is This Gigantic Thing?

I have one of the ham boilers that I havenít cleaned yet. But they were designed for a wood stove and may have been an option at the time of sale. The lids that Iíve seen were tin coated steel and most are rusted away and gone. Iím not sure if the lids came standard or were an option. Ham boilers were oval the same shape as a sad iron heater so you could remove two round stove eyes and the divider plate between them and have an oval hole to sit the ham boiler or sad iron heater into.
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Old 06-11-2020, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: What is This Gigantic Thing?

All of my Oriental tea pots have porcelain linings. Of course, I have no idea how old they are.
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Old 06-13-2020, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: What is This Gigantic Thing?

I am sure many hams were boiled in those elongated pots. Those were used to make small batches. Pork renderings, water bath canning, small cotton diaper cleaning???, small batch lye soap making. Anything needed in an indoor winter climate on a wood fired stove. Most were open to boil without a lid. Indoor or out.
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