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Walt Longmire

Wigwam Burners. Not what you think

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These were a common sight where I grew up. Most every cedar mill had at least one. Most are gone now, sold for scrap. During the years we lived in Aloha, Wa. it was necessary to pay attention to the breeze before you hung the laundry out to dry if you didn't want your clothes covered with little soot particles.

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My family built a large house between Aloha and Pacific Beach. It was under construction during the years we lived in Aloha. One of the neat features was the back side of the 2 story fireplace was constructed from used fire bricks out of a wigwam burner. In the lower part was ash storage and clean out areas. Upstairs behind the Arizona sandstone fireplace the fire brick held a built in oven and also a bbq.

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One of these burners had a role in a contemporary western novel/murder mystery. After a few pages I turned the book back into the library, thankful I didn’t own it. 

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