Notes on kitchen building from October 2008

A kitchen should have a hearth raised above floor level, like the one in this castle kitchen

Note also the “chimney”. It’s a section of wall with an opening for the fireplace. The smoke goes behind it.

There’s a section showing how the smoke hood might work on this page, scroll down to the heading “Firehood”

I think the fire window is pretty good, I saw one at the 1820’s farm I visited in Tasmania two years ago.

Where does the smoke go after it goes out of the smoke hood. what happens at roof level?

There are some great pictures of a tudor kitchen interior here

Here’s the outside of Poplar Cottage at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Where’s the chimney? I think the smoke comes out of the triangular dark patch at the top of the gable end wall.

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