Cast Iron Steamers

Written by Charles Peacock
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It's an odd thing when you live in a dry house--you never quite understand why the air is always so dry, but it's always noticeable. This is often an issue in winter time, when your home's heating system is constantly pumping warm dry air into your rooms. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do increase the humidity of the air in your home. My favorite method is the old fashioned one: using a cast iron steamer kettle.

Using Cast Iron Steamers

If you're lucky enough to live in a house with a fireplace, you can buy a special cast iron steamer that is made to be heated by the fire. These steamers usually have metal coil handles and can be hung from a hook over the fire. Simply fill the steamer with water, place it over the fire and you'll almost immediately feel the difference.

If you don't have a fireplace, you can still use a cast iron steamer on your home stove. This will probably turn out to be a bit more expensive than using a steamer in the fireplace, but it's comparable to the energy you'd use having an electric humidifier plugged in. Cast iron steamers that are designed for use in a fireplace will work just fine on any gas or electric range.

If you buy a cast iron steamer, keep in mind that it might not be made to boil drinking water. Some kettles and steamers release a safe amount of iron into your water and can actually be quite healthy (since the human body needs a small amount of iron). Kettles that are designed to be used only as steamers might release too much iron, however, so it's best to check the label when you make your purchase.


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