This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
For small cabinets, - even small greenhouses in some instances, - lamp stoves would prove effectual heaters, but not much has been done with them. "We give the following suggestive hints from the London Journal of Horticulture: " I wish to give publicity to the following facts, hoping thereby to draw forth, for my edification and the public generally, the experiences of others of your subscribers. My house is 22 feet long, 11 feet wide, and of a fair height. I wished to be able to keep up the temperature during the cold nights of the past six weeks from 60° to 65° F. I tested the lamp stove three nights where the thermometer stood at 45° F. without the lamp. At the end of twelve hours I could get no more heat during the night out of this lamp stove than 6° above the temperature of the place I put it iii to test it. It is made by one of the first makers of the day. I trimmed it myself and attended to it personally, and kept it under lock and key. The fourth night of its burning, I lit it at 7 P. M., and only put up the wicks to half their proper height, meaning to increase their height at 10 P. M. I was suddenly called out from dinner by my man ; the house was full of smoke, the wick in a blaze. Fortunately the wind was blowing strong at the time.
Both doors and windows being thrown open and the lamp stove removed, the house was immediately cleared, and no harm has resulted, as would have been the case had it been burning benzo-line or paraffine. On examination I found this stove lamp inferior in make and workmanship to the fine lamps by the same maker, of which I have burned seven for two years without accident, breakdown, or smell, using petroleum of the best quality. I should like to hear if anyone has been able to get heat up to 60° or even 55° F. from one of these stoves when the thermometer was at freezing point. I should also like to elicit what is the best and cheapest small and effectual heating apparatus for such a house as mine, not wanted for forcing anything".