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We have been warm for a while. Yes, it’s been a long time since we conquered the cold. We have done it using a number of means and methods. We were warm before electricity and kerosene.
The reality of human life is that we must manage the temperature. We are warm-blooded and we have to help our bodies regulate temperature. We have done a great job at that for many years!
If we used wood exclusively for this, there would be no wood left!
One of the ways Scandinavian nations and even Amish people would warm themselves, and I am sure some still do, is use soapstones.
What is Soapstone?
Soapstone is a very dense rock that holds heat without exploding. You see, some rocks hold water within them and when you heat those rocks they crack or even explode.
Soapstone can be used as a heating element. You see, rocks hold lots of heat and you can even use rocks to boil water if you heat them up.
Soapstone would be heated by the fire and used to heat a room or a bed because it gives off radiant heat. This would stretch the firewood and also allow for better sleep. Your bed has to be warm or you will waste calories and get terrible sleep.
It was a simple DIY heating device!
Aside from the obvious survival uses soapstone can also be used to warm environments in modern times. They can be great for heating campsites and even set on the porch in the cold months.
Let’s make a commitment not to forget about the lost ways of our ancestors. If not for those methods we would never be here. So we do our ancestors justice by at least understanding how they survived. Maybe we don’t use them but we can at least understand them.