What is charcoal iron?
The charcoal iron also called an ironing box, or charcoal box iron is a predecessor to the modern electric steam iron.
It has a shape roughly similar to the modern irons used today, but with a hollow interior that could be filled with smoldering coals taken from the fire to keep the iron hot. On top of the box, there is a handle that allow people to lift the hot iron as they run it over clothing, smoothing out wrinkles.
Brief history of Charcoal Iron
The date when people started to press cloth smooth can’t be precisely confirmed. However, the Chinese were the first to apply heat in the process in the first century BC, using metal pans filled with hot charcoal and it is in China where the earliest examples of charcoal irons were found.
Archaeologists have discovered paintings dating back to over a thousand years ago that portray women in the early charcoal ironing process. The method was used for centuries and in many different countries.
In some regions, instead of hot coals, other heated materials were used that have a similar heating capacity, such as burning coconut shells used in Kerala in India.
How to use Charcoal Iron
First, you must burn charcoal, when the coals are hot, place some inside this iron, shake out the ashes, latch the top so the coals don’t fly out while you are using it, and press the iron firmly over your clothing laid on a table. You must monitor the temperature, too much coals and your clothes could burn. If it gets too hot you spray water on the coals to cool the temperature. If it is not hot enough then you open the iron, shake out the ashes, and add more hot coal. One always tested the temperature on a towel prior to applying to your clothing to be ironed.
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