Can someone point me to an article(or articles) discussing the introduction of cast iron furnaces into homes? I am specifically looking for the large basement types that were still extant in the 1950s in certain parts of the country.
MY story takes places in 1887, and I am wondering what sort of operation would have existed then to heat a rather good-sized (but not huge) home. This article indicates the furnaces were available by the end of the 19th century and also states (tho the dates appear to be erroneous) that steel began to replace cast iron at about that time. But I would love a more indepth article or two...even in a real book I'd need to get from the library.