Heintz House and Detroit Vapor Stove Co. on Franklin; c.1905
Sorry, it’s been so long. Holidays, birthdays and vacations are officially over. Back to the blog and The Detroit Vapor.
At the turn-of-the-century Detroit was pumping out the stoves. In 1922 Detroit makers built 400,000 stoves worth $10 million in one year.
These were the biggeys – The Michigan Stove Company, The Detroit Stove Works, The Penninsular Stove Company, the Art Stove Company, and the Detroit Vapor Stove Company.
Yes, there really stoves called a “vapor stove”. These stoves burned “stove gasoline,” a crude form of the fuel. Vapor stoves could burn multiple fuels that also included kerosene, a type of oil, or a fuel called “distillate”.
Here’s a vapor stove ad and a great article Late 19th-Century Gasoline Stoves – Cooking on a Bomb Used to be Normal