The following formula is said to make an excellent stove blacking: Two parts copperas, 1 part bone-black, 1 part black lead, mixed to consistency of cream with water. Make two applications of the polish to the stove.
(2) A quick-drying stove blacking with a good gloss is made thusly: Take 2 pounds plumbago, 5 gills Japan dryer of furniture varnish, 1 gill asphaltum varnish and thin down for use with gasoline. Lampblack may he substituted for asphaltum if desired, a trial of which will determine the quantity. Mix only as desired for immediate use.
(3) Several valuable receipts for stove blacking are given herewith:
(1) To 1 gallon benzine add 6 ounces pulverized rosin, 3 ounces pulverized borax, 4 ounces pulverized alum, 1 pound fine ground black lead, and 1 to 2 ounces lampblack. Apply to the stove with a soft brush. For bright goods omit the blacks. (2) Reduce cheap Japan to the thickness of cream and apply to all parts of the stove with a brush, covering as much space as can be polished before it sets; then sprinkle on best quality of powdered lead, rub briskly with a hard brush and polish with a dry brush.
(3) To 1 gallon gasoline or naphtha add 6 ounces pulverized resin, 1 pound pulverized lead, 3 ounces lampblack; put in a tight can and shake thoroughly; pour out in quantities for immediate use only.
(4) To 1 gallon benzine add 1/2 pound pulverized resin, 1 pound fine ground lead, 1/2 ounce borax, and to give luster add 2 ounces lampblack. In mixing stove polish for sample stoves gasoline instead of benzine is recommended, as the quality is much improved by its use, and for stoves in use turpentine is recommended, as it will not give any unpleasant odor when the stove is in use.