In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin studied radiant floor heating in Asia and French technology to develop his Franklin Stove
Do you know what bifocal glasses, security mirrors, and the Franklin Stove
all have in common?
17, 1706, the 15th of 17 children, Franklin was not only the publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac (one of the most widely read papers of its day), he also invented the Franklin stove
(the world's first cast-iron heating stove) to complement his other inventions.
He was a prolific inventor, whose inventions ran the gamut from his trademark bifocals to the Franklin stove
to artificial fertilizer.
Franklin's insatiable curiosity led him to inventions ranging from the lightning rod and the Franklin stove
, the most efficient indoor heat source available during his lifetime, to bifocal glasses.
He retired from business to pursue his interest in science and inventions and his most well-known inventions include the Franklin stove
It also recounts a variety of his inventions, including the Franklin stove
, the subscription library, and the lightning rod.
Now and then a walk through the woods revealed a weakened dying giant felled by a storm, firewood for the Franklin stove
or to be left to become moss covered nourishment for future trees, and a haven for small creatures.
Franklin invented the Franklin stove
, bifocal spectacles, and the lightning rod and contributed to science with his experiments in electricity.
Stoves of this sort grew instantly popular, and indeed, the modern home furnace in the basement is a kind of Franklin stove
The so-called Franklin stove
, a variation on an open firebox of German design, was invented by Benjamin Franklin.
If Esmond Wright did not infuse his subject's substance with sufficient meaning, we should thank him in any case for stoking the Franklin stove
once more, that its fire remain lit.