from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel of sheet-metal in which clothes to be washed are boiled.


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  • She went out to the wash-house in the little shed at the back of the garden to fire up the wash-boiler out there, a huge kettle built right into a kind of oven, pump it full of cold water, and add the soap.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • Three minutes later, dressed in my outer clothes and dripping like a blanket that's just been hauled from a wash-boiler, I was on my way up the enclosed gangway to the well-deck of the oil-rig a hundred feet above my head.

    Fear is the Key

  • From the appearance of the wash-boiler, running over with dried apples that were being boiled without care, I judged every thing to be done after the same style.

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • My mother would then fill the wash-boiler two-thirds full of water and pour melted deer or other tallow on top of this.

    Old Rail Fence Corners The A. B. C's. of Minnesota History

  • Pack the mixed vegetables into clean glass jars; add one level teaspoonful of salt to every jar; partially seal; cook one hour and a half in wash-boiler or other homemade outfit.

    Every Step in Canning

  • If you use a steam-pressure cooker outfit of course the time of cooking will be much shorter than if you use a wash-boiler or some other homemade outfit.

    Every Step in Canning

  • Jars put on racks and lowered in water as in wash-boiler but due to an extra jacket the temperature is higher than boiling water.

    Every Step in Canning

  • If you are using the homemade outfit, such as wash-boiler or garbage pail, all berries and soft fruits are sterilized sixteen minutes; in all commercial hot-water-bath outfits and in condensed steam, sixteen minutes; in the water-seal, twelve minutes; in the steam pressure under five pounds of steam, ten minutes; and in the pressure cooker under ten pounds of steam, five minutes.

    Every Step in Canning

  • In confusion Alex drew back in his chair, then suddenly recollecting the others who had taken part in the night's work, he told the superintendent of the part played by Mr. Moore and his sons, and of the sacrifice of Mr.. Moore's new wash-boiler.

    The Young Railroaders Tales of Adventure and Ingenuity

  • _Zinc Topped Table_ -- on rollers, same height as top of stove, for carrying wash-boiler between sink and stove.

    Better Homes in America Plan Book for Demonstration Week October 9 to 14, 1922


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