The copper ‘boiler’

Copper boiler
Copper boiler

How many of you remember the copper boiler pictured above? This was the main appliance for making hot water for a refreshing bath in the Madras weather. It was fired mainly by charcoal, but some biomass, like wood chips, firewood etc can also be used. It was common in better-off Madras households till about the 1960’s. Being made of copper, it was a target for many a thief.

After retiring from the homes, the boiler continued  to be a regular fixture in many wayside teashops.

Send me a picture if you still see one in a teashop.

This picture is from an exhibit in Dakshin Chitra. Can you identify the corkscrew device near the boiler?

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