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Enterprise Foundry, Sackville, New Brunswick, established 1852, was the first company in the world to make a complete line of stoves for wood, coal, oil, gas, electric and microwave all in one factory.
Ancient Greek historians called the black goop oozing from the ground "petroleum," or "petra" for rock and "oleum" for oil -- literally “rock oil.”
In the 1840’s, Canadian Geologist Abraham Gesner discovered that kerosene could be distilled from coal or oil and used for lamp lighting.
During the 1800s, Nova Scotia alone had more than 40 foundries producing various cast iron products, including wood and coal heating stoves, cooking stoves and ranges. They had mostly closed down by 1900. (MacLaren, George. The Romance of the Heating Stove. Halifax, NS: Nova Scotia Museum, 1972.)