In colonial America, most people warmed their homes by building a fire in a fireplace even though it was kind of dangerous and used a lot of wood. Benjamin Franklin rectified this unsafe method of heating by inventing, in 1745, the cast-iron stove, or what he called the Pennsylvania Fireplace and we know today as the Franklin Stove. The appliance allowed people to warm their homes less dangerously and with less wood.
- Burns, William E. (1 January 2005). Science and Technology in Colonial America (in English). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313331602. Retrieved on 27 May 2015. “A great problem for dwellers in early colonial houses in the North was heating them, a problem exacerbated by the coldness of the winters compared with those in Britain. Early colonists took advantage of the bountiful supply of wood to build large, centrally located fireplaces, twice the size of those they had known in England.”
- Early American Stoves (English). ARP. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.