Crimean Ovens

Crimean Ovens (HM22EH)

Location: Chester, VA 23836 Chesterfield County
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N 37° 19.234', W 77° 20.223'

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The Bermuda Hundred Campaign

The wooded area in front of you contains rare examples of a radiant heat system called a Crimean Oven. This system was used to heat hospital tents at Point of Rocks during the Civil War. The concept behind Crimean Ovens dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. A heat source was located outside of the tent. The flue for the heat source consisted of a shallow trench approximately 12 inches wide and 18 inches deep that was lined with bricks and covered with an iron plate. A chimney would then be placed on the opposite side of the tent. As hot air passed through the flue to the chimney, the adjacent ground would be heated. This provided even heat and eliminated the dust, smoke and soot that would have resulted from having a heat source inside the tent. By extending the flue trench, multiple tents could be heated from one source.

This sign was sponsored by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
HM NumberHM22EH
Year Placed2016
Placed ByChesterfield County and the Blue & Gray Education Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 292919 N 4132996
Decimal Degrees37.32056667, -77.33705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.234', W 77° 20.223'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 14.04" N, 77° 20' 13.38" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1017 Point of Rocks Rd, Chester VA 23836, US
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