How do Amish heat their homes?

Amish heat their homes using heaters and stoves

amish heat homesAmish heat their homes in a variety of ways.  Amish use both heaters which run on propane and natural gas, as well as heating stoves which burn wood and coal.  Stoves are more common among more conservative Amish.  Stoves are typically located in the basement or first floor.

Vents in flooring and ducts may help circulate heat through the house in some Amish homes.  Amish who use firewood will cut their own or purchase it.

In more conservative communities, a cooking stove may also serve as a source of heat.  Additionally, the gas lighting used by many Amish generates a considerable amount of heat as well.

For further information, see:

Living Without Electricity, Stephen Scott and Kenneth Pellman

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    1. Thomas Warner

      Differences in Amish and Mennonites

      Even this website confuses people who are attempting to live with the various orders and church groups. It is impossible to make a statement such as the Amish use these things such as linoleum on the floors. It depends on the order for instance old order Amish and the different church groups within the order for each may have a different ordnung. Then add the Mennonites and you have a vast number of combinations. And they are changing constantly as the orders and groups are redefining themselves due to changing conditions. Remember the church groups numbering normally up to 35 families twice a year vote on their or dungs and those that do not agreed on one or more of them either conform or move to a new church group that they can agree with. I see that happening here in northern NY as many of the more conservative groups are coming here, especially the Old Order Amish and Swartzentruber Amish. But in any case they are all hard workers. A Comment was made about the large rooms in the homes and that is because in all rhe Amish groups church is held in a different families home every two weeks for up to 35 or so families.

    2. Sherry Moore

      I currently have bought a Winnerwell wood stove for my 10×14 camping tent and would like to know if you can recommend a non electric fan that sits on top of the stove that pushes warm air generated from the stove top? Do you have one for sale? I was trying to find your catalog but don’t see it. Do you have an online catalog and how do I find it? Thanks for your time, Sherry